[ISEA2011] Panel: Alex May – Bend­ing Light: Strange Tales From The Projective Plane

Panel Statement

Panel:  The Institute of Unnecessary Research

This paper de­scribes the de­vel­op­ment and processes of video map­ping; an amal­ga­ma­tion of trompe l’oeil il­lu­sion, pro­jec­tive geom­e­try, lin­ear equa­tions, and a wide col­lec­tion of dis­parate tech­nolo­gies for the pur­pose of re­ac­ti­vat­ing fa­mil­iar ob­jects and sur­round­ings with new life and al­ter­na­tive mean­ings.

  • Alex May is an in­ter­na­tional artist work­ing with dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion, 3D video map­ping, il­lu­mi­na­tion, and op­tics to cre­ate an­i­mated trompe l’oeil ef­fects using sci­en­tific the­o­ries of per­spec­tive and pro­jec­tive geom­e­try. He is a vet­eran pro­gram­mer spe­cial­is­ing in, but not lim­ited to, high per­for­mance, real-time audio/vi­sual pro­cess­ing, cre­at­ing his own soft­ware to fa­cil­i­tate his own art pro­jects as well as re­leas­ing open-source tools that are in use by dig­i­tal artists world­wide. Work­ing with sound de­signer Mar­tin A. Smith, Alex has cre­ated a se­ries of major site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions for clients such as Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil, Uni­ver­sal Music, and Canon Eu­rope. He is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Adap­tive Sys­tems Re­search Group at The Uni­ver­sity of Hert­ford­shire, UK, de­vel­op­ing artis­tic strate­gies to com­mu­ni­cate their re­search. quadratura.info

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