“Light/House” is a MadMapper Driven LED Arrt installation created by the MadMapper Founder Boris Edelstein and Alexandre Burdin in collaboration with the Mapping Festival and produced by GarageCube Hardware.
This Art Installation will be unveiled on december,2 2016 For the opening of the Geneva Lux festival at île Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, Geneva, 19pm.
450 meters of GarageCube Hardware — Scenografix SFX01 LED bar were used to create this stunning LightHouse installation on the top of the 5 stars Hotel Metropole .
“I use MadMapper every single gig even if it is just to make sure I get my screen right. It became so essential that I don’t even remember how I did it before.” by Pedro Zaz, UnitedVJs
MadMapper: Tell us about United VJs? Spetto San:I met Pedro Zaz in Manchester, the UK when he was producing the Showskills festival. Since then, we had an immediate affinity for art and collaborated on many projects. After touring with Pedro for a while, we decided to found a group with the incredible talented VJs we met around the world. This is how the United VJs were born. We are based on a multidisciplinary, like-minded, international team of digital artist. Pedro Zaz: Yeah, that sums it up. These past years, we’ve created dozens of projection mapping and fulldome shows. We’ve performed in over 20 countries, designed software for domes ( BLENDY DOOME VJ) and we even managed to pull together a couple of stadiums shows with hundreds of 20,000 lumens projectors. Maybe not all of the United VJs’ artists know each other face but, for sure, we all know each other’s art looks like.
M: Who and what influence to become an artist? S: Sex Pistols, Kraftwerk, Ministry, Bauhaus, Jean Michel-Jarre, David Bowie. Dali, Deconstructivism, Peter Eisenman, Carl Cox, Green Velvet. Optical Art, loads of movies, books, comics, and everything else. I grew up with my parents who pushed me into art 24 hours a day. This push was the best school I ever had. Z:Hardcore music in all forms and shapes always influenced me a lot. Faster bpm for quick visuals! The Virtual Reality Pavilion in Lisbon Expo1998played a significant role to become a VJ: It was one of the first fulldome theaters in the world with a lot of high-tech and 3D graphics exhibitions. When I moved to Lisbon in the mid 90´s, I met VJ Eyepersonicwho was a huge inspiration for me. Also, back then he introduced me to VJamm when he already had his C++ software for 3D visuals.
M: What do you listen when you are working? S: Techno or silence. Sometimes, I prefer silence. Z: I can get so focused, so I don’t care so much about my surrounding sound. The rest of the time as loud as I allowed.
M: How you did came up with United VJs? S:United VJs is what exactly the name states: almost a secretive group with dozens of artist around the world who aim to create extraordinary experiences with a quick turnaround. Z:At Showskills in Manchester, we mixed breakcore music, made interactive installations, gave VJ software workshops and of course managed a ton of VJs on the line up. This experience gave a huge creative burst, and we kept meeting amazing talents from all around the world. They all come from different background or culture, they worked like us, lived like us and created like us. In 2007, together with GaiaNova, we did the Royal Festival Hall Overturein London, on a massive 100 meters façade with 8 x 20,000 lumens projectors. This was when we had the chance to prove our working method with others like-minded artists from all over the world would work. Show after show, and we’ve kept the same ideal: Let’s always create breathtaking experiences. This is how the United VJs were born.
M: Why are you using MadMapper? S: MadMapper is so practical and has such a great performance. It’s the most friendly tool for video mapping. It does exactly what is says it does and is so versatile. This is also due to the participation we, VJs, been having from before it was released. It has our stamp, the VJ stamp. Z:We were the first lucky artists to witness the birth of MadMapper as Alpha testers in Budapest 2010. Laki Lazloorganized a VJ TORNAand Fançois Wunschel from 1024 Architecture with Boris Edelstein from Team Modul8 called in a handful of artists to try new MadMapper out. Only weeks later, we were already using it every single job we had. We were so inspired by the meeting with other people in this crew that we’ve decided to keep sharing the love and created the VJ University one year later. We taught over 500 students about MadMapper and Modul8 and showed and shared how the United VJs use it in our operations. So yes, we have always believed in its potential and feel thankful to Boris and Franz for creating such tools.
M: What do you like about MadMapper? If you use Modul8, please tell us why too. S: MadMapper – Its connectivity to any other video software and the way it organizes multiple projectors. The mapping interface is really good. Modul8 HD – It keeps the top prize for the fastest VJ software from the old wild west. I don’t know any other program that plays media so quickly as this new Modul8 HD. I’m Speechless. Z: MadMapper: This fantastic user-friendly tool that can suppress the need for expensive hardware gear. I use it every single gig even if it is just to make sure I get my screen right. It became so essential that I don’t even remember how we did it before. Modul8 HD: When Spetto and I met back in Manchester in 2004, I was using Modul8 Version 1.4 (I think) because of my dear friend SoundBringer – who was also doing 360º QT Panoramas at the time – showed it to me. For us, it was spectacular. Finally, computers + software allowed us to scratch video loops truly. With the right codec, you could cut video like butter with top frame rates. This might not sound much today in the world of 4k, but being able to get out there and VJ all night with a single computer was insane. After 12 years, I’m still using it on a daily basis. It feels like home to me.
ENVISIONS – CASTLE MUSEUM, YORK – UK – 15 m – 1 week 6 times a day
M: Any funny story or any challenging moment in this project? S:Yes! The author of this video, Lez Briddon secretly filmed us and published the video on Youtube – listen and see what he wrote in the video description. No one has secretly filmed us before! “Remember, Remember the 5th of November!”
UNITED VJS TEAM: VJ Spetto, VJ Zaz SOUND DESIGN: VJ Zaz MUSIC BY: VJ Spetto ART PIECE COMMISSIONED: Festival Eletronika 2015 PROJECTION COMPANY: On Projeções PROJECTION SIZE: 36m x 18m PROJECTORS: 3 * 20.000 lumens TOTAL IN LUMENS: 60.000 lumens
“54” – ESTAÇÃO CENTRAL DO BRASIL, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, September 8th, 2015
M: What is next for you? S:We never know, life and technology always bring a surprise or something new. I love VJing for bands, I wanted VJ to David Bowie, but now he’s dead. I am still looking for a new idol to aspire to VJ for. Z: Pixels got seriously all around us today. The options and endless again. AR, VR, MR! With the world of the 360 format, the possibilities are limitless again…
M: Have you ever use our miniMAD? S: Yes it is a nice piece of hardware, I’m anxiously waiting for the update to support sync between multiple miniMADs.
M: Any request to MadMapper? S:MadMapper – support sync between multiple computers via smpte / nvidia sync / network Modul8 – import 3D OBJ and Animated GIF (it will be a must). Support FreeForm 2.0 Any chance to have Windows or iPad version? (Ok, I am kidding)
“I like MadMapper. I feel comfortable using it because I’m following the evolution of the software since the first version.” by VJ Vigas.
MadMapper: Tell us about yourself? Leandro Mendes aka VJ Vigas: I began my research in audiovisual performances in university in 2003, where I presented a live performance mixing images with music. In 2012, I won the international VJs tournament Videozone. In 2013, I won the 1st place of the three editions of the competition VJ TORNA International, held in Mexico City (Mexico), Rome (Italy) and Cape Town (South Africa). I was repeating the feat in May 2014 in the city of Istanbul in Turkey.
“Having an affordable software solution that works well without expensive unique hardware is key for us.” by Limbic Cinema.
MadMapper: Tell us about yourself? Limbic Cinema:Limbic Cinema is a co-operative of artists based in Bristol formed in 2012 by the members, Alex Wright, Tom Newell, Thomas E Pryce and Thomas Buttery.
We met as VJ’s on the club and festival circuits around the UK and decided we should team up. Despite the inconsistent wages and sticky floors, club nights always provided us the creative freedom to experiment and take risks. Over the course of four years, we’ve built strong relationships with festivals and events that we share a similar ethos and creative visions with; we’re particularly fond of Glastonbury Festival, Shambala, Freerotation, Alfresco Disco and Greenman Festival where we’ve exhibited numerous installations and in 2015 projection.
Beyond the music scene, we’re focusing more on the realms of theatre, large-scale building mapping, and Art Installations. For example, making contributions to The Stick House, and bringing the Wren Library in Cambridge to life with narrative driven visuals were both hugely fulfilling projects.
“Madmapper changed the way that we were making mappings, things get easier.”
By VJ Eletroiman
MadMapper: Tell us about yourself? VJ Eletroiman: Hi, my name is Ricardo Cançado, aka VJ Eletroiman, and since 2000 I am working with VJing, stage design, audiovisual performance and in the last years I was dedicated to Video-Mapping techniques.
Since the beginning of 2003, I am developing a Live AV called Representa Corisco. This project was based on an imagery inspired by the Brazilian popular culture and it explores political and social issues through the iconography of the “cangaço” movement and one of its characters: Corisco. After so many years developing this project, now I present a 45 minutes performance with animations that mix video with other techniques including photography, drawing, 3D, and 2D animation.
“I don’t choose to be an artist, but sometimes it just happens.”
by Kalma VJ
Madmapper: Tell us about yourself?
Kalma VJ: I´m Kalma, a visualist with a sound engineer background. I use real time processes to create installations, mapping, and vjs sets.
M: You have been giving workshops in Berlin for a while. What do you want yourstudents to learn and what is your challenge?
K: At the moment, I’m working on my next workshop in Berlin. We’ll learn the basics of Modul8 and Madmapper. I´m very excited because the people registered are coming from very different backgrounds, and all of them already have an idea about what they want to learn.