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In case you haven’t noticed, a theme has been emerging on CDMotion: alternative interfaces geared for performance, software that expands the range of expression, and projection that gets visuals out of the 4:3-ratio box. There’s no one solution, and the expense involved in the tools covers quite the gamut. (I may have to personally start the “ghetto” guide to this stuff.)

But bringing together these elements is still essential to raising the impact of visuals. I still hear the “but the visuals aren’t as important” over and over again from people outside our field, and I think it’s a phrase that is — mercifully — doomed to extinction as visualists expand their craft.

So, one artist collective we’ve been covering is Turkey-based artificialeyes.tv. We’ve seen the Video Moving System, the automated mirror system for projection, the Vixid mixer with its matrix and multiple blend mode features (among other things), and the eyeball-scorching interface of 3L (“Thrill”) now in beta.

To see it all put together, of course, we’d really like to hit the club in Istanbul. Barring that, though, Michael from artificialeyes.tv has directed us at some images and video.

It’s really clear to me from these images how little you need lights. And in motion, with architectural effects amplifying the imagery, the projector itself can be more than just lighting effect (especially with these in motion, something you don’t get from the stills).

Lots more videos at the AE “loopcast” (nice idea, keeping a regular running vodcast going): http://artificialeyes.tv/loopcast/

These and other photos of performances and installs at artificialeyestv @ Flickr

By the way, as a number of you discussed your own setups, we certainly welcome other documentation and work. Post to the CDMotion Flickr group, the brand-new CDMedia Vimeo channel, and drop us a line.

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  • nobbystylus

    lovely stuff… i'd love to know how that final image of the multiple flat surfaces across the room with the same image was created…

  • http://www.glitchcrew.com massta

    Looks like they have projectors at each end that scan a screen, but some light passes through and it caught on the second screen, hence the lighter videos in the middle of the room. There is also a projector aimed at the ceiling. Remember they use VMS (VideoMotionSystems) to project where ever the hell they want to. cool..

  • http://www.glitchcrew.com massta

    After watching the video, my concern would be party-goers getting blinded with 3k lumen. Not something I'd want in my grill the entire night.

  • http://www.heatseeker.it motor

    Well, to be honest, my concern is: who pay for the development and equipments? How much the people want to pay more for this (wonderful) show?

    At least here in Italy usually the vj are really bad remunerated … do not ask for a replacement lamp for the beamer …

    The club owners are just thinking about their money …

  • http://createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @motor: Feel your pain — believe me, that's not just Italy. I think the ability to replace lights has to be somewhat appealing, though. And there are ways of doing these kind of things on a smaller budget, different space, etc.

    massta, definitely something to watch for, but you'll notice a lot of these images are mostly black. As long as you don't do white flashes, you're at least not powering over audiences with the full brightness of your beamer. And as for me, well, I kinda like the blinding effect, personally; I think I'm with projector light like some people are with decibels. I guess I'd compare to what you get with lights … we routinely blind people with those, and the projectors can be gentler / more interesting.

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    @nobbystylus: The final image is created using semi-transparent "scrims", or just light gauzy fabric layers. It's extremely common in the dance world, and the AE guys seem to be very fond of the effect :) With a static projector it will make high contrast geometric video content look like it has 3D depth. With motion added via VMS – even moreso.

  • http://snarehangar.org Mike

    I've been trying to find screenshots, videos or something of 3L in action. Did I miss something?

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    @Mike: You didn't miss much so far – 3L is only just out in private beta, so there's not much information floating around yet. We shot quite a bit of video on 3L with the ae guys, but haven't had a chance to edit yet.

  • http://future-tense-cpu.com cyberpatrolunit

    I posted 2 (screen capture) videos; bouncing around the 3L environment ;)

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  • arthur

    hi, there…..

    I need to find the best way to realtime videos on new tvs via same way, and make them look like a 80's fucked up tv transmission (samething like tv party with brian oglenn, ) esteticaly just between frenquencies….. i need a solution very fast..please share same insight on the tecnical level here………….. cool