“On the Red” by Stain (2010)

Artists,Projection,Reference,Technique — miles @ 1:12 pm

“On the Red” was a large scale architectural projection commissioned by the MIGZ International Festival of Modern Music and Media Art. The projection invokes Russian abstract art with its use of bold, vibrant forms. The documentation video was filmed with forced perspective such that the forms appear to be three-dimensional. Additionally, the projection includes the MIGZ festival’s logo, and titles of posts from butdoesitfloat.com; Stain calls these messages “signs of the digital age.”

More here.


“Mirrsaic – Now” by Prokop Bartoníček (2012)

Artists,Projection,Reference — miles @ 12:39 pm

Over a period of several hours, geometric light-shapes move across a wall. For a brief moment, they overlap to spell the word “NOW”. Bartoníček and his collaborators used sunlight and mirrors to achieve this effect. Much like a sundial, this work considers how light functions in time. To that end, Bartoníček astutely points out that readily available lighting and design technologies have produced art that is “often oblivious to the basic rules of light, time and space.”   

More here.

“The Tree That Blinked” by Karel Beta (2012)

Artists,Instrument,Projection,Reference — Ayo Olubeko @ 2:39 am

Karel created this piece as a response to a challenge from Jonathan Ross as part of the “Faces and Traces” exhibition of self-portraits at the 286 Gallery in London.

“Capitol Hill Block Party” by Sensebellum (2013)

Artists,Projection,Reference — Ayo Olubeko @ 2:33 am

Sensebellum transformed a block in Capitol Hill into an immersive urban theatre by projection video feeds of performers and concert goes onto different buildings and floors. The projections were synced to the beat and pacing of each song. More info here

“NYE LA” by Akiko Yamashita (2013)

Artists,Projection,Reference — Ayo Olubeko @ 2:27 am

Akiko Yamashita and some of his friends basically took over the city hall building in Los Angeles to ring in the New Year. There is not a lot more information on the process behind the video, but his website is available here.

“OctoCloud” by Super Uber (2012)

Artists,Projection,Reference — Ayo Olubeko @ 2:21 am

OctoCloud is a projection-mapped sculpture that up to eight players can interact with through smart phones or tablets. Its physical angles influence the virtual layer as users fire digital slingshots. More info here

“Berlin’s Festival of Lights” by ArtConnect Berlin (2013)

Projection,Reference,Uncategorized — Ayo Olubeko @ 2:15 am

Berlin’s Festival of Lights is a yearly tradition marking the coming end of summer and the approach of winter.  The city becomes a remarkable spectacle of projection mapping with buildings and landmarks coming to life over the course of a week.  The awesome light shows are displayed throughout the city, illuminating landmarks with building lighting, 3D video mapping, and laser animation. More info here

“New Slaves” by Kanye West (2013)


In 2013, American hip hop artist Kanye West employed urban projection as a marketing tactic for his then-upcoming album “Yeezus”. He staged 66 projections worldwide, in cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Miami and Toronto. I think this project might have benefitted from a more considered use of the projection surface, though this probably wouldn’t have impacted its virality.

More here.

“Time Tilings” by Pablo Valbuena (2013)

Artists,Projection,Reference,Technique — miles @ 9:34 pm

time tilings [stuk] from pablo valbuena on Vimeo.

“Time Tilings” is a series of four site-specific interventions created for the Artefact festival. These interventions project light onto floors, extending existing tile patterns to stark, line-based animations. Unlike some of the more theatrical projections we’ve looked at, this one shows a great deal of sensitivity in the way it modifies the existing architectural context; it heightens the tile-work, but does not overpower it.

I found a fascinating text on Valbuena’s website called  “Projection – Injection – Incision. About Pablo Valbuena’s ‘Extension Series‘”. It describes Valbuena’s work as follows:      

Like an architect, he draws lines to expand this space. This way, he unites the actual and the virtual in one and the same reality.

More info here.

Note also that Valbuena showed a projection work called “para-site” at the Mattress Factory in 2011.

“Golden Tiger” by Le3 (2012)

Golden Tiger from Le3 on Vimeo.

“Golden Tiger” by French design studio Le3 features a projected tiger running through the streets of Paris. The tiger animation is projected from the window of the car, and the speed at which it plays is governed by the car’s speed. It is refreshing to see an urban projection which uses motion as its premise.

More information here.

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