Day 313 @ ITP: Video Sculpture ~ Learning video mapping with MadMapper "It moved!"

I missed the first class sadly for Video Sculpture sadly and will be making up the light sculpture assignment at some point during this course, and am looking forward to doing that. In the second class we reviewed the projects people made in collaborations for the light sculpture assignment, then learned the basics of video mapping using MadMapper. In our third class we practiced video mapping to prepare for our next assignment. I learned that it is important to lock things in place (including the projector!) and all objects that are involved. I grabbed some objects from the junk shelf and practiced mapping simple colors onto them to make them look like they are different colors. My phone was freezing and in the meantime somehow everything got moved, probably the projector when the power went off and I moved it slightly to turn it back on, then there wasn't time to fix it, and realized simple things can suddenly look sloppy if they are not perfectly on the objects, though that could potentially be played with too-- like breaking out of both the rectangle of the projection and of the objects it's locked onto, onto the wall, in the space, reflecting on objects, etc. Otherwise precision is key. It was definitely inspiring just to be able to color 3D objects this way with light, and was also thinking about blending light in this way as well with the projector light. 

 Video mapping on objects, a little "off."

Video mapping on objects, a little "off."

I'm definitely having some ideas for moving some ideas I've been building on off the computer into physical reality(??), or to somewhere in between, and will most likely be expanding upon this for my final for this course, and also will try combining this idea in some ways for my finals for Creative Coding and Ideation and Prototyping at Tandon so that I can maximize my time to work on this color/tones project through all three classes before Aug 10th rolls around and time is up...the goal will be to create combinations of colors/tones that mix with each other and move over time, and will now incorporate video mapping as well for a physical version as well as a web version using Javascript. Not sure yet how many surfaces will be involved or how to install it exactly, especially in a classroom at ITP, but it will be a challenge and I want to use this opportunity to get at least a basic version of this project finished and finessed in order to iterate on it later, and perhaps then will set up in my studio to expand upon during the school year. Really, I just want to experience it.