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The Infinity Wall: A Modern Mirage

The Infinity Wall: A Modern Mirage from Megavision Arts on Vimeo.

November 16, 2016 Doha, Qatar – Persian Gulf

On an empty lot in the sandy outskirts of the very modern city of Doha a 5,000 square meter tent is erected to stage a very private event. In front of the tent stands a 110m wide by 9m high fabric-covered wall (about the length of a football field). Using high-powered digital projectors, 3D animations are projection-mapped onto the wall, giving the illusion of a large-scale kinetic modern art installation floating in the desert.

With less than three weeks lead time, top Qatari event producer and designer Fahad Signature tasked US-based projection design firm Megavision Arts with designing and producing a 3D projection-mapping effect that would mystify, entertain and engage the 1200 guests as they arrived to the secluded event site.

With crucial support from BARTKRESA Design and Creative Technologies, Megavision Arts’ Creative Director David Corwin and producer Amber Bollinger quickly assembled a team of artists, designers, technicians and programmers. With only one face-to-face meeting between Corwin and Art Director Vincent Rogozyk, the entire team assembled in Doha five days before the event. A fully-equipped design and animation studio was temporarily configured in a meeting room at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha.

Based on the clients’ request for a 3D projection mapping that would be “very modern, artistic and magical” Corwin and Rogozyk began playing with abstract concepts that were evocative of Fahad Signature’s designs for the event, which included elements such as curvilinear wood furniture and sculptural wooden columns. Polish artists and animators Maciej Bałauszko and Michał Czubak were added to the team and began expounding upon the sketches, turning the rough curvilinear biomorphic and geometric ideas into polished animations.

Four basic scenes of abstract 3D kinetic animations were programmed to loop, morph and transition from one design to the next. These included: Optical Waves, Piano Tiles, Ribbon Architecture and the Involuted Helix.

Meanwhile at the remote event site, Creative Technologies (CTME) began installing the outdoor projection systems. As the Fahad Signature crew finished constructing the projection wall (fabricated out of a plywood-skinned scaffold structure sheathed in taut white muslin fabric) CTME began erecting weatherproof truss towers on the sand to house the digital projectors.

Eighteen double-stacked Panasonic DZ21K projectors, converged and blended in the Dataton Watchout media server to create one large seamless image, illuminated the Infinity Wall with over 300,000 lumens of light. The animation files consisted of 14,148,000 pixels per frame, which equates to over 21 BILLION pixels per minute being pushed through the system!

As guests pulled off the highway onto a freshly graded and paved driveway, to their surprise and delight they encountered a fantastic undulating phantasm looming on the horizon. As they continued towards the projected mirage, a custom score with synchronized sound effects vivified the illusion even more…


EarsAfterAll from Saurabh on Vimeo.

Here, in this project,a hearing post on the wall manifests itself as a literal ear (3d printed) which listens to when something is spoken in front of it. It then tries to find words that are relevant to itself. Here in this case it looks for words that are related to ears like “hearing”, “sounds” etc. It then goes on the internet(wikipedia and dictionaries) to find meaning and understanding of those words. As it does this , the observer sees the whole action on a side projection from it’s backend terminal soul. The way it records, listens finds and understands, everything is laid upfront from the terminal on the projection.

To represent the audience, a speaking post recites poems filled with words that are related to “hearing”, “sounds” etc.
It is composed of an Arduino nano, mp3 module, servo and speaker.

The ear itself is composed of a hacked TP link router running openWRT, usb sound card, microphone, ext root from micro-sd card, range finder, arduino nano and power module.

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Interactive installation, robot.

A wheeled remote-controlled robot roams around the horizontal black-striped canvas. These stripes are nothing else than audiocassette tapes. The robot is equipped with two tape heads to read off the magnetic tape. When the sound head crosses the tape or moves along it, it reads off the sound and forwards it over the radio to the computer and to the small loudspeaker placed on the robot. A customized remote control is used to operate the robot. A joystick is installed on the remote control to guide the robot; there are also buttons to manipulate the sound. This device can create music loops out of the sounds captured, control the sound processing and set up different parameters. Robot and sound transmission are controlled via Bluetooth.

Some of the tapes have several records of audiobooks by Stanislaw Lem. Others carry random records of unknown origin.

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