5 Projection Mapping Installations to Bend Your Brain

Although projection mapping has been in play since the early 1990’s, it’s been getting some more attention lately from a variety of artists. Perhaps this extra attention and use is because of the way light can bring 2-D art to life and create a 3-D feel. Have you ever experienced projection mapping art? There’s just something a bit magical about the ephemerality that is intrinsic to light as a medium. It’s got the power to be psychedelic art.

Light can also mix with sound for an interactive installation, which lends itself well to venues beyond the art museum—concerts, buildings, streets, parks, and homes can all become spaces to experience art with projection mapping. We found a variety of different projection mapping projects to share with you in anticipation of our upcoming projection mapping video workshop taught by Leyla Daze.

Check out our favorite projects in the following list, and comment with your favorites below:

1) Sofles | Graffiti Mapped:

Graffiti Mapped is a collaboration between street artist Sofles, animator Grant Osborne, award-winning musician Opiuo, and tech experts TDC made for the White Night Melbourne Festival. Together, the artists and tech gurus created a large-scale (like 5 stories high large-scale) mural of a woman brought to life by projection mapping and sound.

2) Kalouf X MRZL |Camouglage

Billed as an augmented painting for the 2016 ONO’U street art festival in Tahiti, this six-minute loop brings the viewer on a journey following a cuttlefish as it teleports through different environments. The video pans in and out, but keep in mind that it’s actually a flat screen with projections mapped onto it. The video shows just how experiential projection mapping is.
Scrub through the video, and you will see the consistent appearance of the cuttlefish, a 2D drawing by Kalouf, as it is camouflaged amongst the projection mappings and animations by MRZL.

3) Vivid Sydney’s Facade Projection

And now for something completely different…

This Urban Screen video documents a commissioned piece made for  Vivid Sydney, “The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.” The piece is big in many ways. It’s a collaboration between artists, technical engineers, curators, festival-makers, sound designers, and film-makers for one of the world’s most iconic pieces of architecture: the Sydney Opera House.

This piece of projection mapping shows how the medium can be used to highlight and play with existing structures to create new art and reinforce the timelessness of such iconic architecture. The original architect, Jørn Utzon, wanted his work to have a human expression. The projected video layer forms a complementary response to that goal by using human forms to establish an immediate, architectural expression.

The end result is stunningly beautiful, and although it certainly deserves to be thoughtfully viewed and meaningfully taken in, it might just work well on a loop on a giant-sized TV or projection screen as the backdrop to your next soiree.

4) Filip Sterckx | Sweater video for the band Willow 

Who said projection art was only for walls? This video by director Filip Sterckx for the band Willow is a mind trip because it’s hard to remember (and believe) that it was made with only two walls and a treadmill. Skip back to the beginning to remind yourself of the original set configuration if you need to.

These are some serious projection skills at play here. They truly highlight and show what the technique makes possible. Watch the actor interact with the light to paddle in the sea, walk down stairs, reach for non-existent door knobs…even stand on the ceiling. Enjoy the trip!

5) Silvia Sveta | Installation for Vogue Russia

Created to celebrate Vogue Russia’s 20th anniversary the video Art Takes Time explains and shows glimpses of a massive installation at the Tretyakov Gallery by artist Sila Sveta. Because photography is central to the role Vogue plays as a fashion industry leader, and photography is essentially capturing light, this project incorporated light as its primary medium as it pulled influence from the Russian Avant Garde movement.

Light bends and shapes the space, staircases move, 3-D textures are created on surfaces, and movement and action is created in the exhibit. Watch the recap video to learn about more about the project and pay homage to the decades of influence from the Russian Avant Garde movement and see just how contemporary it remains.

Learn How to Make Projection Mapping Art

Want more art like this? Do it! Learn how to create immersive art in our upcoming one day workshop taught by award-winning, super-smart, knock-your-socks-off creative, madelife resident artist, Leyla Daze. Leyla Daze’s work mixes sound and projection mapping for an immersive, interactive experience that drenches you in the art.

Leyla Daze is wrapping up their time at madelife with this workshop and a follow up artist talk to chat about how art is a Doorway out of Society.

Projection Mapping + Sound Installation Workshop

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • 1pm-4pm
  • $25
  • Sign up here

Doorway out of Society Artist Talk

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • 7pm-8:30pm
  • Talk and chat and hang
  • FREE, more info here

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