27 September 2013

Signal Festival, Prague

Ever heard of video mapping? Also called projection mapping, video mapping is the art of using projection technology to turn objects, such as buildings into a display surface for video projection. In other words, with this technique almost any surface can be used to become a dynamic video display of 2D and 3D images, creating various illusions for the audience. Why the interest in video mapping? Coming up in October, Prague will witness its first Signal light festival, which will display some of the greatest works in the field of video mapping from around the world. Additionally, light installations and sculptures will also be a part of the program.

The event is set to take place from 17th to 20th October and installations will be scattered across the center of Prague. Entry is free and for easy access to individual installations, the organizers have already listed the participating artists (local & international), the details of their work and the location of each installation on their website. So rather than wandering through Prague aimlessly on the night of the festival, you may want to start browsing through the program now, to select the installations that interest you the most. We've certainly picked out some of our favorites!

This flashy installation (literally) is an interactive sculpture made from 6,000 light bulbs, created by the Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. Take a look at the video to get a taste of what to expect, it will certainly be exciting to see the sort of public interaction this sculpture creates.

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs from Caitlind r.c. Brown on Vimeo.

We're also looking forward to exploring the works of some great local artists, such as the famous Czech designer Rony Plesl, who will be exhibiting a suspended light sculpture made of 35 green uranium glass tubes.

Photo courtesy of Rony Plesl and Signal Festival.

And finally, here are some examples of video mapping as part of a teaser for the Signal Festival:


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