Archive for January, 2012

Amazing light projections!!!

I have always loved the idea of projecting onto buildings or surfaces that wouldn’t normally be considered conventional. That you can use the surfaces already existing contours to enhance a projection or vis versa is something that I definitely want to explore further.

In a project a few years ago I projected a looped film, Work Out, partially onto a fellow artists piece of work and partially onto a rough brick wall, above a corrugated staircase.

I found that the refections given off by the metal below and the texture of the wall added an extra dimension to both works. Some beautiful examples of this type of projection, such as Tower of Dreams BN2 by Shared Space and Light as part of Brighton’s White Night last year (2011), show how magical it really can be.

An absolutely stunning combination of dance, animation, projections and music that I have recently come across is WIFE:

From their artist statement:
[WIFE] is the creation of Nina McNeely, Kristen Leahy, and Jasmine Albuquerque. Her three members are dancers, choreographers, teachers, editors, animators, and performers thriving in the underbelly of L.A subculture. She finds inspiration from myth, folklore, archetypes, and the subtleties of everyday human behavior. Influences include Jim Henson, Chris Cunningham, Akira Kurosawa, Kathy Rose, Wendy Carlos, Yayoi Kusama, Planningtorock, Aleister Crowley, her friends, and you.

The video below absolutely blew me away!

She will only be seen in the dark.
She is a magician of picture and light.
She exists in many dimensions.
She is visceral contemporary dance.
She is studying the subtleties of your behavior.
She is eternally bound to archetype, myth, lore, alchemy, and dreams.

Also whilst on the subject of amazing light installations, here is a cathedral made of 55,000 LED lights by Luminarie De Cagna. The piece was commissioned for the Ghent Light Festival, there are also some other amazing pieces so do check them out at  http://www.lichtfestivalgent.be/en/parcours/de-cagna 

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Junaio App

I have been working for some time on an app to be used alongside museum collections. Using the Junaio augmented reality platform I have begun to make some progress.

To check out how I’m doing please visit www.insidethemuseum.co.uk

In the mean time this is yet another great idea for how to use AR to make museum collections more accessible and up to date!

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Journey to the centre of a portfolio website!

I have finally found a theme which I feel compliments my work! It is Expositio theme, from wpshower.com. It is a pretty straight forward theme, however the way to upload photos is a bit weird so here is a link to how to do it:

http://vimeo.com/25828240

You can view my completed portfolio site at www.jennifermilarski.co.uk

Seeing as I have now completed the site I thought I would put a bit of my workings up on here. I started by making a couple of templates of how I wanted the site to look on photoshop:

I then used F8 Lite wordpress theme to start creating the site. However I decided that the theme didn’t showcase the work how I wanted it to. Even with a nextGEN gallery it still looked too much like a blog:

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Martha Rosler Library

http://www.e-flux.com/projhttp://www.e-flux.com/projects/library/books.phpects/library/books.php

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‘Make your type pop with Layer Styles’.

Whilst designing my portfolio website I came across a tutorial in Computer Arts magazine which ‘shows you how to turn flat typography into rich and vibrant lettering’.

As I am a relative new comer to Photoshop, this tutorial which had a suggested completion time of 1-2 hours actually ended up taking me a few days as I became enraged and had to keep walking away from it…….. Also it did have a tendency to look like clip art!

Here is the finished result of my attempt:

I was relatively pleased with this finished version, however when I had completed it, I realised the absurdity of having my name as the front page for my site when nobody knows who I am! The Keith Tyson site works because he is a well known artist (and obviously because it is very well done!) but although I will now not be using this for my site, it was a good experience getting to grips with aspects of Photoshop that I was previously unfamiliar with. I also can’t deny that it was fun to sort of see my name in lights!

You can find the online tutorial here:

http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/make-your-type-pop-layer-styles

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The Speaking Picture Book

The Speaking Picture Book: A New Picture Book with Characteristic Voices.

I really like the idea of using technology within an object, in this case a book, which wouldn’t normally have these capabilities.

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been thinking of using a motion sensor to change projected images onto a book when the pages are turned. This musical version is something that will have to look into.

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Great use of Layar in a museum environment.

A great video demonstrating the ways in which technologies like Layar can make museum collections more interesting and engaging for the public.

Check out: http://www.layar.com/blog/2012/01/13/jospeh-wright-ar-project/ for more information on the project.

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