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VJing - From software to public space

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Workshop / presentation given May 5th at Lift Conference, Geneva. By Manuel Schmalstieg and Ilan Katin.

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VJing - From software to public space

  1. 1. VJing?
  2. 2. VJing is a verb. It is not tied to any particular genre or even a specific technology. The basic action is when a person manipulates materials that are broadcasted or projected, before an audience.
  3. 3. Manuel Schmalstieg art code education ms-studio.net
  4. 4. N3krozoft Media Group
  5. 5. Wiki-Sprint c/o Mapping Festival
  6. 6. VJing is a verb. It is not tied to any particular genre or even a specific technology. The basic action is when a person manipulates materials that are broadcasted or projected, before an audience.
  7. 7. ORIGINS Etienne Gaspard Robertson's Phantasmagoria, Paris, 1797-1798
  8. 8. ORIGINS “showmen with lanterns traveled around the country giving shows in the places they stopped, projecting on walls or white sheets. ” img: Dictionnaire historique et pittoresque du théâtre et des arts, 1885
  9. 9. ORIGINS
  10. 10. ORIGINS Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, Athanasius Kircher, 1671
  11. 11. ORIGINS “The projector was mobile, allowing the projected image to move and change size on the screen, and multiple projecting devices allowed for quick switching of different images.” Phantasmagoria (wikipedia def.)
  12. 12. ORIGINS Prototype ➞ Product The firm of Carpenter and Westley were the first to commercially produce lanterns and slides in Great Britain from about 1826 onwards.
  13. 13. ORIGINS As magic lanterns became cheaper to buy, and readily available in shops, people could create Lantern shows for themselves at home.
  14. 14. ORIGINS
  15. 15. TOOLS
  16. 16. TOOLS cinématographe • camera • projector • portability
  17. 17. TOOLS
  18. 18. TOOLS business model 1) international PR operators 2) hardware sales 3) film sales
  19. 19. TOOLS near realtime : shooting development screening
  20. 20. TOOLS simple complex d.i.y. specialized fast slow
  21. 21. TOOLS Nam June Paik, “Zen for Film”, 1962
  22. 22. TOOLS Nam June Paik “Magnet TV” 1962
  23. 23. SYNTHS Paik/Abe Synthesizer 1969-1971
  24. 24. SYNTHS Stephen Beck Direct Video Synthesizer, 1970
  25. 25. SYNTHS The Video Weaver is a digital pattern generator involving a string of counters and a Random Access Memory (RAM) to hold and later retrieve a stored pattern. Beck used the generator for his abstract, often psychedelic video experiments.
  26. 26. TOOLS Rutt-Etra Video Synthesizer by Steve Rutt & Bill Etra 1972
  27. 27. TOOLS
  28. 28. TOOLS 1980s 1990s MTV laptops VHS digital video laserdiscs beamers
  29. 29. HARDWARE Panasonic WJ-MX10
  30. 30. HARDWARE Korg Kaoss Pad Entrancer ca. 2004 6 sec samples 2 inputs no crossfade
  31. 31. HARDWARE Korg Kaptivator 2005 $2500
  32. 32. HARDWARE
  33. 33. HARDWARE Edirol V-4 2004? $1995
  34. 34. HARDWARE Pioneer DVJ-X1 9/2006 $3000
  35. 35. HARDWARE The Pioneer DVJ (...) locked the performer either into a pre-prepared set (which rather defeated the point) or a non-synchronised set (which made the unit an expensive DVD player) - Dave Dri
  36. 36. HARDWARE Pioneer SVM-1000 2/2008 $6000 No HD No HDMI No DVI
  37. 37. HARDWARE Edirol V-8 3/2008 $1995
  38. 38. HARDWARE Edirol P-10 9/2008 $1195
  39. 39. HARDWARE VIXID VJX16-4 2/2008 € 2990
  40. 40. HARDWARE VIXID VJX16-4 € 2990 audiovisual mixer to which one can connect various pieces of audiovisual equipment and overlay simultaneously up to 4 video tracks
  41. 41. HARDWARE DVI Mixer 2010??
  42. 42. HARDWARE
  43. 43. HARDWARE
  44. 44. CURRENTS web as realtime source Mark Lee: “Breaking the News”
  45. 45. CURRENTS urban architectural projection Blinkenlights, 2001
  46. 46. CURRENTS urban architectural projection Blinkenlights, 2001
  47. 47. CURRENTS urban architectural projection lab[au] Dexia Tower 2006
  48. 48. CURRENTS urban architectural projection Graffiti Research Lab
  49. 49. CURRENTS urban architectural projection Graffiti Research Lab
  50. 50. CURRENTS Krzysztof Wodiczko, 1984-1985
  51. 51. QUESTIONS ...
  52. 52. QUESTIONS magic processing software max/msp pure data vvvv modul8 quartz composer resolume vdmx open source ... etc etc
  53. 53. QUESTIONS THANK YOU !!! ms at 1904 dot cc ilan at garagecube dot com

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