Light Art, Mapping & Projection
 Projection Mapping continues to evolve, to mind-blowing effect. We have artists on three continents who create this signature illusion of transformation on buildings, on complex surfaces, and on the human body. Mail us here and we'll give you an in-depth look at what’s available from Future Fires artists who work with projection mapping and with light art of all kinds.

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Light Artists

We work with several of the artists who came together to transform Prague's Concert Hall in one of the more ambitious examples to date of what can be done with projection mapping (video, left).


Projection Mapping can be prepared offsite for sculptural objects, minimizing build time. To create transformations of existing spaces and surfaces - as seen here - significant preparation time is spent in the space, mapping and calibrating the details of each detail and surface.

With David Biancardi and AV&C, Houzé created a projection-based experience for visitors to the inaugural Day for Night Festival in Houston (2015) that is a model for poetry in a warehouse setting. Scrim and haze are the canvas for this dreamlike landscape, with audio design adding to the otherworldly atmosphere. 

Vincent Houzé

1024 Architecture

1024 architecture has shown their work for more than a decade at festivals and events worldwide, including the Signal Festival in Prague, the Glow Festival (Eindhoven), and Mutek (Mexico City). 1024 focuses on the interaction between body, space, sound, visuals, low-tech and hi-tech, art and architecture. 1024 makes audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban intervention, performances, exhibitions. Pieces like Pulse and Vortex and Tesseract (video, left)  demonstrate an affinity for light-enabled, multi-sensory experiences that are epic, both in scope and in their effect on the audience. 

John Edmark

Blooms are 3D printed sculptures that animate when spun under a strobe light. They appear to grow and transform ceaselessly. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers.

 

The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5º (the angular version of phi).

John Edmark writes: "Much of my work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, I strive to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space ... 
Through my work I endeavor to share the joy of discovery with others in a continuing pursuit of the timeless patterns of change."

BLOOMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE

 

Future Fires has an exclusive arrangement with John Edmark.

 

We can arrange for demonstration, to arrange your purchase, for delivery and set-up. 
 

Waltz Binaire

This Berlin-based studio for human motion in digital design was founded by computer scientist and choreographer Christian Mio Loclair. ​Making the most of that unusual combination (science and dance) Christian and his team explore “human motion in digital design,” as in this activation created for a recent BMW product launch. Arresting images seen in this video became part of the print campaign as well.

We've enjoyed so much working with Christian and his colleagues in 2018 -19. The elegance and creativity they bring to fine art and to commercial work are one and the same. 

With 404.zero, the potential for live audio-visual performance is realized in new ways, tapping the capabilities of TouchDesigner to create and blend evolving form and color: in some works this means an hypnotic and peaceful atmosphere, in others one that is kinetic and intense.

Audio elements are also created live, in real time, a wedding of digital and analog synthesis. The vintage Buchla synthesizer is aboard, an audible nod to the psychedelia of the 60's that this artist team both honors and transcends. 

As with paint, brush, and canvas, the tools used to create are nearly irrelevant, ultimately, the important questions being: who's at work, and what are they up to? The algorithms employed here grow from the fascinations and obsessions of Kristina Karpysheva and Sasha Letsius (St. Petersberg). One recognizes quickly this team is evolving a language that is involving, strange, beautiful, and very much their own.

Work by 404.zero involving lasers and interactivity is shown elsewhere on our site. Seen here are a sampling of their live AV performances, which have travelled to festivals throughout the EU and Asia. 

 

LINK to article about 404.zero in Culture Trip. 
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Joanie Lemercier is a French artist involved in projections of light and their influence on perception. Lemercier was introduced to the computer creation of art at age five, attending classes on pattern design for fabrics taught by his mother. This early education grounded his interest in physical structures: geometry, patterns, and minimalist forms. Lemercier co-founded the visual label AntiVJ in 2008, with artists Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy and Olivier Ratsi. He worked on stage design for festivals such as Mutek (Montreal, Mexico) and worked alongside artists such as Flying Lotus (special show at the Roundhouse London), with Portishead’s Adrian Utley (as part of the cultural Olympiads, London 2012), and with architectural projections all around the world.

In 2010, Lemercier turned his focus on installations and gallery work, and exhibited at China Museum of Digital Art, (Beijing), Art Basel Miami and Sundance film festival 2013. In 2015, Lemercier established a studio in Brussels, Belgium.

Lemercier has been an influence on a generation of emerging light artists, an inspiring innovator and pioneer. A long-standing fascination with holographic effects has led to the evolving experiment that LeMercier calls the "Nologram," volumetric, three-dimensional projections on water vapor. Iterations of this can be seen in the videos posted here. 

 

Joanie Lemercier