As projection design produces motion across an object, artists can create a kind of dance with a physical thing, bringing to life imagined, unseen facets of its being.

French-born artist/VJ Jacques-André Dupont makes that evident in a new short film demonstrating projection mapping onto a violoncello. The object itself is, of course, exquisitely beautiful; projection in this case traces each precise, elegant curve as you might with a finger – touching it with light.

Video Mapping on Jakob Motter’s double bass “The French Landlady” from JACQUES-ANDRE DUPONT on Vimeo.

Technologically, it also reveals how the tools are evolving. Dupont uses MadMapper’s spacial scanner, a tool that uses calibrated projection and photography to “scan” three-dimensional objects’ position for mapping purposes. Ilan Katin, writing for MadMapper’s own blog, commented on the significance of that as he found Dupont’s work a few weeks ago.

In a recent interview for coworking space Betahaus, Dupont talks about freelancing, how he runs his business, and why he loves the Canon 5D.

More on this video:

A couple of months ago, I brought my girlfriend to the reknowned luthier Jakob Motter in Berlin Neukölln to get her cello repaired. He showed us his last double bass creation, “Die Französische Landlady”. Fascinated by its gorgeous design, I proposed Jakob to create a video, with mapped animation underlining the instrument’s silouhette.

The video has been be shown at the Copenhagen Bass Festival 2012.

Bass Design – Jakob Motter

Music composition and interpretation – Clayton Thomas/

Art Advisor & Set Design – Amrei Andrasch

Direction, Mapping, Photography, Postproduction – Jacques-André Dupont

Material used :
MacbookPro, After Effects, Madmapper, Canon 5D MKII with 100mm L2.8 & 24-70mm L2.8.

And it works with shoes, too:

Shoe Video Mapping from JACQUES-ANDRE DUPONT on Vimeo.