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We’ll know Digital Light has arrived when …

by on Jul.07, 2011, under pixel mapping

…when Projection Mapping is simply called ‘projection’. Or simply ‘lighting’.

Lighting? Projection?

I think projection mapping (or 3D mapping as some call it) is awesome. But have you noticed how mainstream it’s become? It was only 2008 when Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking Image Mill went live …groundbreaking in size, scope, beauty. Since then, there have been many, many, examples of projection mapping on buildings like Ralph Lauren in London , H&M in Amsterdam and the Joule Hotel last year (for more examples, see Amy-Mae Elliot’s Mashable article.

Now, it’s being done on smaller scales, like onto cars ( Toyota Auris) or sculptures like in yesterday’s post.

Does anyone doubt that this will become commonplace? Soon? It’s just light… digital light.

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Pixels everywhere… I mean all over.

by on Jul.05, 2011, under art, pixel mapping

My friend Geny Calosi  recently posted this article on the DailyDOOH site about interesting work being done by DrawLight .sculpture as a digital canvas

DrawLight has used projection-mapping to turn the entire surface of a life-sized sculpture by artist Rabarama into a digital canvas. This is beautiful work. The video shows more.

According to Geny, four projectors were used. The implications for digital light? The surface isn’t large, meaning fairly low cost projectors can be used. That means this medium can be —will soon be— explored by more and more artists. And that means we can expect to see many other real-world surfaces become affordable digital canvases in the near future.

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Digital Light…. towards a definition

by on Jun.29, 2011, under musings

It’s difficult to define digital light. It’s sort of  “I know it when I see it”.  But I think we need a starting point —  to get the discussion going at least.

Ordinary lighting illuminates small surfaces and large surfaces. Digital light does, too. But digital light illuminates the environment in a more controlled way. It uses points of light — pixels– to shape and reshape what we see: its color, intensity, form. Because of this pinpoint control, digital light can create new forms of art, new kinds of information, and, ultimately, new ways to interact with each other.

And the scope of digital light isn’t limited to illuminating surfaces. Sometimes the surfaces themselves emit light as pixels or reflect light as pixels. I don’t mean ordinary monitors or digital signs — I mean surfaces where the pixels are part of the environment itself.

Some examples might help. In an earlier post, I showed how a picoprojector could be a flashlight. In another post, I gave an example of projection mapping. In both examples, digital light illuminates the environment as pixels.

A different example is Onskebronn by Phase7.de — where people walk on a floor that emits light (in this case using LED panels).

So  digital light pixelizes the environment — and that is the core of the definition. Tiny pixels, big pixels, but always pixels. On the walls around us. On our desks. Even on our clothing — these surfaces will all become canvases to draw upon. Pixels everywhere.

Comments? What do you think?

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Projection Mapping as Digital Light

by on Jun.24, 2011, under pixel mapping

Digital Light is already creating job descriptions that didn’t exist a short while ago. One is projection mapping specialist. Check out this video. It’s about the set for the Amon Tobin tour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrt7-kIgIM Don’t know what projection mapping is? It’s what the designers of the set in this video do.

Now imagine this on a personal scale. In your home; in your office. Imagine this for digital-out-of-home.

There are a lot of very cool things happening with projection mapping — more examples in future posts.

(thanks to @ENBDavies http://enbdavies.ca/ for letting me know about this one!)

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