October 2009 Archives
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About 4 minutes in, the crowd begins to hoot and holler. After a series of epic/cascading visuals (birds conglomerates, fantastic city scape, horse-man, and cyber vine) the projection zeros in on the window/door well of the building. Timing, repetition, and sound are used seamlessly to generate an atmosphere, building climax and finale. The door well transforms into a portal as the projection very decisively plays with the facade of the buidling. In contrast to the epic images first generated/projected, the simple mind-bending of the buildings parts (bricks etc.) is super trippy/cognitive? At 4 minutes the pieces heads into climax and a finale similar to the end of a fireworks display ( a spectacle familiar to many). The sound tailored for this work finds a way to accelerate inside you as the building smashes down.
This projection appeals to me through its exquisite, rich details on the full surface of a building. The illusions are realistic to the degree of confusing viewers--who are alien to the building--question whether the cubes are actually popping out because the building is capable of it, or if its just really well done with shadows and timing. Initially, the synchronization of pressure from hand gestures and cubes intrigued me. The sound of hard cement scraping another surface also adds to the illusion, or credibility of illusion because the mind relates it automatically to the visuals of cubes. Halfway through the video, the projection played on the real (only) roll of windows by creating images of similar light reflected windows on the rest of the building. It was taken a step further by adding dimension when each small window cell becomes a cube popping out or seemingly lowering into the building as it casts shadows also.
Although viewers know it is just an illusion, the piece is well crafted enough to pull it off, even if just in that moment of projection.
Of all the pieces I viewed on this website, one stood out to me. "Projection on Gate" is by far the most impressive work. The images are projected onto the gate in such a way that you cannot even tell that it is a projection. The precision of the lines and pictures is amazing. The timing and placement of the images are so perfect that it actually looks like the gate is producing them itself. This design leaves no room for error for the artist. The dedication of the artist was very high on this project. You can see that they had to plan out the exact details of every element. Even the sound is chosen and placed so flawlessly that you do not even notice it, it just feels right. Overall, this is a very remarkable piece of art.
The piece "Projection on Gate" was actually the opening to another piece, "Projections on a Tree". I liked this piece because, unlike most of the other pieces on the site, this focused on a small portion of an everyday building and accentuated it. It made people notice something that would otherwise simply be there. In an architecture lecture I am currently enrolled in, we discussed how an entryway is one of the most important pieces of any structure, yet it is often neglected in day-to-day activity. This piece gives that neglected part of the structure a new face.
What really interested me about the piece was the ability of the artist to divide the projection into portions of light and darkness. I am confused as to how it is possible to have areas of darkness within a projection's field of view. Some experimentation with Livedraw may be in order. . .
the sound really scared me at first, but it was a fun piece. i admire the most the simplicity of the animation, knowing that dave lynch probably took the original footage of the horse in motion from 120 years ago, or at least reinstated it from the old frames. this work truly exemplifies motion, because the moving doubles with the running horse and the running car at the same time. the sound in relation to the graphic is another aspect i really like, because it makes it the perfect gallop and therefore impact on me. i also appreciate the forceful speed of the image and the way it runs parallel to the unsuspecting street. when i sum up the image and the sound and the overall effect, it reads like an illustrated story, maybe a fairytale. the best part of this piece for me is how the horse and its rider are running through the street which is its background literally, but also an environment-- if it weren't considered a street, as if it could have been a field or desert, or anything but that busy setting. the rider and the horse hurry but act like it's no big deal to be riding through there and i like that, too.
Although it may seem simple due to its scale, this piece has quite an impact on the viewer. By day, this is just an ordinary entrance way that many people pass through and never get to take the time to examine or even think about. Through the animation and lighting, the gate appears to be alive and breathing, almost beckoning a passerby to enter. It really gives the doorway a sort of importance, since none of the windows or surrounding area are lit in any way. Also, the projection works with the architecture itself. It is not just something projected onto a gate like its title indicates, the projection is actually part of the gate now, creating something completely new. There seems to be a sci-fi reference in regards to the style of the projection and the music chosen for the video, which is an interesting contrast to the rustic gate. The combination of these aspects yields an impressive piece.
Upon opening the Urban Projection blog, it was immediately clear to me that some of these videos were not as foreign as I expected them to be. Wooster Collective has been in my favorites toolbar since I was a sophomore in High School. Many of the same pieces presented from around the world on Wooster's blog were copied onto the Urban Projection blog. Therefore, a new piece that jumped out to me, and was admirable, was the post about Nada Surf's music video, Blankest Year. It is impressive not only because it is a music video comprised entirely of projecting animations of a human figure, but that there is movement not only in the projection but also in the movement of the projector. It would be extremely challenging to film, move the projector, and make sure that the human figure interacted with the buildings in a way that made sense. The way the artist played with the textures of projection surfaces also intrigued me.
I admire this peice of artwork called Cities because I thought it was very creative. I enjoyed how the artist made it seem very realistic as if we awere looking out of the plane window. i just thought it was nice how it felt like i was put right into the artwork. i think it took a lot of work to make something look and feel realistic that's alos why i admire this work. i think the artist took their time into creating this oeice and i think time and effort is what makes a work of art great as opposed to a rushed peice of artwork.
the link is: http://www.urban-projection.com/?cat=27
More specifically, their feet.