The Visualized Opera: Vitruvian Melds Dance, Digital with Operetta [unrender]

Get ready for the high Renaissance of the digital. The individual ingredients remain the same. But the threads of transmedia work, spanning everything from traditional costume design and choreography to the latest generative projections, draw ever closer. A new generation of artists treats projection in the theater as something elemental, something that demands exploration. Vitruvian, premiering its latest iteration in Berlin Friday as part of our event unrender with LEHRTER SIEBZEHN, has gradually evolved in the ways it interweaves dance with opera, projected visualization and interactive sound with dance theater. An “interactive opera” in one act, it unapologetically adds digital …

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In Sync, Spare, Beautiful Audiovisual Duet of R. Lippok + D. Delcourt [Mapping Festival, Ableton]

R. Lippok + D. Delcourt – Raster Noton Showcase, Mapping Festival 2013, Geneva from Dimitri Delcourt on Vimeo. Minimalism for its own sake isn’t terribly meaningful. But economical sound and geometries can become a medium for beautiful moments, if artists truly focus on form and relationship. It’s doubly true when combining music and visual elements, and that leads to some gorgeous intersections of the aural and optical in the work here. Robert Lippok, the Berlin-born Raster-Noton artist, and Dimitri Delcourt, the Swiss designer and live visualist, collaborated in one of my favorite performances of last year’s Mapping Festival in Geneva, …

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Roedelius: Dreamy, Ambling Ambience from an Electronic Legend [Videos]

Born in a very different Berlin in 1934, Hans-Joachim Roedelius is an elder legend of electronic music and piano, having helped establish the voice of German krautrock and ambient music. (Think Cluster, Harmonia, Aquarello.) But today, he is as active in international tours as artists a fraction of his age, freely pouring out music. And his music itself is liberated, flowing … youthful. In a live performance captured recently at the arts space Mindpirates, he joins the excellent multi-instrumentalist and bass player Armin Metz. With great swells of sound amidst a nicely-meandering, jazz-like exploration of notes and mists, the two …

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Sougwen Chung's Chiaroscuro Installation Breathes with Light and Hand-drawn Imagery

Chiaroscuro is an installation work by Sougwen Chung, the Canadian-born, New York-based illustrator/media artist. Veering far from the mechanical minimalism of so much projection mapping, with its hard edges and rectangular conformity, Sougwen instead uses light and animation to draw outside the lines. Shimmering as though refracted through a digital ocean, the animation lights up the outlines of hand-drawn forms in one moment, then spills out onto the walls and floor in the next. Set to Praveen Sharma’s exotic and evocative score of rushing pads and alien percussion, the effect is irresistible. It was for me (and many others) a …

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Sougwen Chung’s Chiaroscuro Installation Breathes with Light and Hand-drawn Imagery

Chiaroscuro is an installation work by Sougwen Chung, the Canadian-born, New York-based illustrator/media artist. Veering far from the mechanical minimalism of so much projection mapping, with its hard edges and rectangular conformity, Sougwen instead uses light and animation to draw outside the lines. Shimmering as though refracted through a digital ocean, the animation lights up the outlines of hand-drawn forms in one moment, then spills out onto the walls and floor in the next. Set to Praveen Sharma’s exotic and evocative score of rushing pads and alien percussion, the effect is irresistible. It was for me (and many others) a …

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Mapping, Further: At Mapping Festival, Artists Blend Musical and Visual Form [Video Round-up]

Mapping: it’s kind of everything. It’s the projected image mapped to the surface. It’s pixels mapped to lights. It’s the control layout you use on your iPad and your fader box mapped to parameters in visual output. It’s the translation of music to lights. It’s the range of color on the filter. You’re constantly mapping one thing to another. And of course, the community of people who read this site are generally somehow undertaking the difficult task of mapping across media, as you map visual performance to music. So, it’s fitting that “mapping” at Mapping Festival is about more than …

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Color and Light: Gestures Manipulate Music, RGB Lights [Ableton + Kinect]

Motion, light & sound / Kinect & Madlight from things happen on Vimeo. In a teaser video just released by Spain’s Things Happen, a silhouetted performer uses arm position to sweep through RGB colors and trigger sound cues. It’s the latest effort to integrate the immersive media environment with a performer’s body, part spectacle, part interface. The ingredients, apart from Microsoft’s ubiquitous Kinect depth camera: Motion capture + image = light + sound Software: MadMapper [using MadMapper’s Madlight feature to trigger lighting] Quartz composer Ableton live Music: Sun Glitters x Isan – Snowfall The nice thing about the inter-linked, comment-enabled …

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MadMapper, In New Release and Beta, Manipulating Mapping and Lights Alike [DMX, Quartz Composer]

A thousand points of light! Okay, really, just a whole bunch of “Fixtures,” which allow DMX/ArtNET integration of lighting goodness with your MadMapper mapping rig. Image courtesy GarageCUBE. The future of mapping as technique is doing more than just mapping as a technique. And so, having seen how ArKaos targeted LED lighting, here’s the popular MadMapper working with a wide array of lighting, via DMX. Aptly-dubbed “MadLight,” lighting is the banner feature of MadMapper 1.3. With the use of the ArtNET protocol – in turn converted to DMX – you can mix mapping with lighting and stage rigs. The implementation …

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The Evolution of Light, Traced in Mapping Projection on Sculpture

Swiss lighting design outfit Lichtkompetenz sends a projection that tells the story of the evolution of electrified light – the story behind this site, if ever there were one. Projection-on-sculpture is becoming almost an expectation as much as novelty; here, it’s nice to see the sculptural canvas amplify the narrative. It’s not just about shining light on the structure (literally), but allowing that structure to better immerse the viewer in the story, in the content. Details: This a 3d mapping projection done by Lichtkompetenz for the 10 year anniversary. The projection shows electrical light evolution, starting from electricity generation, showing …

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Real Humans Manipulating Building Windows as Pixels, and Breakout Projection

The human element in visual performance can apply to mass ensembles as well as soloists. So, while this video has already made the blog rounds, if you missed it as I did, it’s relevant in context of yesterday’s discussion of adding a human to projection mapping. In “ANIMATED TOWER / (HESAV s’anime!,” the team of NOTsoNOISY Guillaume Reymond and Trivial Mass Production transforms the 11-story HESAV tower in Switzerland. Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes video that begins roughly halfway through; that story is almost as compelling as the end result itself. (See today on CDMusic for the reflection that sometimes the …

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