Guerilla Sculptural Visuals: An Intervention with Sol LeWitt, a Backpack Projector

Buckle up and project: that was the mission of a group of art “interventionists”, firing guerilla projections at the public installation of artist Sol LeWitt in Manhattan’s City Hall Park. The weapon of choice itself is one of interest: a self-powered mobile projection rig means live visuals can appear anywhere. The production team describes the project:

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Projection Mapping Resource and Tutorial: How To Project On 3D Geometry with VVVV

Last time we checked, the VVVV “How to Project On Complex Geometry” article was in its infancy. Now it’s been renamed as How To Project On 3D Geometry (why?), and stands as a great overview to the subject, with some specific patches for trying various setups in VVVV, and discussion on the technical aspects of advanced techniques such as virtual 3D and multi-beamer setups. Thanks HC Gilje and Björn

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Bug Labs Open Source Linux Hardware Gets a Pico-Projector Module, More

Previous modules include GPS, screen, camera, proximity/accelerometer, and some powerful features on the core hardware unit. But a projector? Now we’re really interested. I just recently got my BUG developer hardware from Bug Labs and have begun to work with it. The idea: a Linux-powered, open source mini computer with little modules you snap on and off like Lego bricks to form whatever gadget you want. It has a lovely development environment, connects intelligently to the Web, and has some significant power behind it, but the real usefulness is in its modules. That makes today’s announcement more important, because the …

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Planetarium Projection “Necessary to National Security,” Other Follow-Ups

Projection consultants Projector People weighs in on the McCain “overhead projector” attack; they’ve got an excellent round-up on the issue and all the coverage it has inspired so far as projection overlaps with politics: A $3,000,000 Projector? [Projector People Blog] And yes, as noted in comments, several of our Friends of CDMotion do VJ the planetarium here in NY, the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. I realize I actually missed this line from the Adler Planetarium: “To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire …

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Planetarium Projection "Necessary to National Security," Other Follow-Ups

Projection consultants Projector People weighs in on the McCain “overhead projector” attack; they’ve got an excellent round-up on the issue and all the coverage it has inspired so far as projection overlaps with politics: A $3,000,000 Projector? [Projector People Blog] And yes, as noted in comments, several of our Friends of CDMotion do VJ the planetarium here in NY, the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. I realize I actually missed this line from the Adler Planetarium: “To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire …

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Planetarium Projection "Necessary to National Security," Other Follow-Ups

Projection consultants Projector People weighs in on the McCain “overhead projector” attack; they’ve got an excellent round-up on the issue and all the coverage it has inspired so far as projection overlaps with politics: A $3,000,000 Projector? [Projector People Blog] And yes, as noted in comments, several of our Friends of CDMotion do VJ the planetarium here in NY, the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. I realize I actually missed this line from the Adler Planetarium: “To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire …

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Projectors are Now Presidential Political Fodder in the US

Viva la revolucion! Unidad para proyectistas! Photo by Richard Yuan of the Adler Planetarium’s now-controversial projector. Attention, visualists! We’ve reached a historic landmark: we’re a political campaign issue! A projector controversy on a nationally-televised Presidential debate? Believe it. Background For those not in the US, for some time candidate Senator McCain has been attacking “earmark” funding as “corrupt.” This is a system by which federal funds are included in Congressional spending bills. That spending has indeed grown recently, and in some cases has fairly been criticized for wasteful spending. Senator McCain has been a worthy opponent of such spending. But …

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Preview: Light, Inflatable Outdoor Projection on the Cheap

Live visuals are all about projection, but perhaps part of the reason visual work hasn’t become nearly as commonplace as music is that screens and projectors are tougher to come by than speakers and PAs. Naturally, the appeal of a really high-quality mobile rig is obvious – especially one that can work outdoors. Yesterday, I got to meet with Open Air Cinema, a young Utah-based company that’s already made a name for itself running events like the TriBeCa Outdoor Drive-In and LA Film Festival Outdoor Screenings. Their products have typically run at the high-end. But they’ve got a new “consumer” …

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New on Vixid@CDM: VJX Setup for Newbies, Multi-projector Camera Spanning for Gurus

I’ve posted my first two videos for the Vixid@CDM Minisite. These cover both the ridiculously basic – how to get started with the VJX – and the reasonably advanced – using cameras, midi and Ableton Live to create a seamless-scrolling effect across two projectors: Vixid 101 – The Basics: Inputs, Outputs, Routing, Blend Modes, Compositing Multi-projector Spanning: Cameras, Cables, Midi and Ableton Live Aside from the exciting possibilities this opens, I’m also happy about the Vixid 101 video as it uses a rather strange aspect resolution – 500x600px – which allowed me to display both the physical view of what’s …

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