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  Feb.16.14 Week06 | WhiteVOID, Parkerism & Licht.Pfad

WhiteVOID's Paper Wave for CitroŽn

WhiteVOID's Christopher Bauder tells us: The Paper Wave installation is 65 meters long. The Paper Wave consists of 100 sheets of paper (about 3x3 meter each). This time our Kinetic Lights winches, driven by TouchDesigner, are mounted upside down on the side of the paper installation.

The end of our winch wire is connected to two steel wires. A pulley system is directing the wires down again and each side of the paper is fixed. This way we can move one paper sheet with one winch. External wall washer lights on top of the installation are indirectly lighting up the paper sheets. This creates a very light and airy half translucent light texture.

We programmed special single wave movements to highlight a moving car driving underneath the wave. The wave movement follows the car like an air drag. The whole show was synced with a lighting console and music. The lighting console sent start cues for the wave movements.

We would like at this time to congratulate WhiteVOID on wining the German Design Award 2014 for FLUIDIC - Sculpture in Motion!

Learn more about WhiteVOID's Kinetic Lights System

Parkerism for Nokia Fashion Week New York

Nokia Fashion Week New York

We spoke with Peter Parker Brodhead of Parkerism Video Labs about a recent interactive stage installation the team built entirely in TouchDesigner to showcase the work of fashion designer Mary Benson and musician Kilo Kish at New York Fashion Week. It's a dynamic and playful piece that reacts to people entering the stage to create generative art.

Parkerism tells us: For Fashion Week New York, we worked with Vice to launch the new Nokia Lumnia 1520. Completely programmed in TouchDesigner, we created an interactive stage for musician Kilo Kish and fashion designerMary Benson to showcase their art for the 200+ attendees.

Two Microsoft Kinects tracked the movement of the participants on stage and used the IR data to create generative, real-time visuals which also reacted with the music.

Owner, Peter Parker, and Creative Director, Matt Tarosky, began concepting the interactive art by taking cues from the Nokia interface and blending it with the distinctive patterns of Mary Benson's Fashion.

Lead TouchDesigner Programmer, Eric Mintzer, successfully blended the IR of two Kinects to track the performers in realtime, making adjustments on the fly using a custom TouchOSC iPad interface.

The programming for this installation posed a number of challenges, with the goal to systematically synchronize audio data and Kinect data to trigger both generative content and rendered visuals. Using texture operators, Python, and OpenCV libraries, we developed our own Kinect solution which allows us to track multiple actors across multiple Kinects to accompany the extra wide stage for this event. The biggest challenge however was our short lead time, in which TouchDesigner proved to be the only solution that provided me with the framework necessary to program this event.

Oh yea- and we also squeezed in a custom real-time Instagram wall to match the metro UI and feel of the client's phone we were celebrating the release of!

Licht.Pfad's Soundreactive Light Installation @ Monasterio


Light Installation created by Licht.Pfad Studio Berlin for Monasterio Club Moscow.
40 Incandescent lights controlled by 2 DMX Dimmers
16 Terbley Moving Heads controlled by DMX

This is the second Moving Light installation performance from Licht.Pfad in a little over a month and it is bigger and even more impressive than the first show, an 18 hour performance at ARMA17's NYE party!

You can read the full article here but in brief, Stanislav explained the LJing system thus: "Our software, developed in Derivative's TouchDesigner 088 for LJing (VJing with Lights) gives us the ability for the fast setup and control of Moving Light ( Sharpy etc) in Real 3D Space. So we can load a 3D model of some location, set up the moving lights, calibrate them and program the generative sound reactive presets of light orientations in order to make a light VJing, based on music. At this party we controlled a total of 24 moving lights (Terbly and Martin), Blinders, Lamp arrays and smoke machines."


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