Peppermill’s video art inspires awe for artistry, technology
When you walk through the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, you see hundreds of television screens showing captivating, high-definition videos of exotic lands, local scenery, nature, wildlife and fashion.
Designed to create a visual journey, each living-art video is from a collection of 50,000-plus images owned by the resort. Yes, you read that right — all of the images are shot, edited, produced and managed by the Peppermill’s in-house media staff.
This concept of “living art” or “video art” is the brainchild of Joe Ness, the resort’s director of the Entertainment Electronics and Media Department.
When we interviewed Italian projection mapping artist Luca Agnani last week, he gave us a brief list of noteworthy peers he worked alongside at the City of Lights festival in Moscow, last fall. Some much needed insight, considering this relatively new iteration of spacial augmented reality is becoming more and more prominent in digital arts scenes the world over.
One name he emphasized was Roberto Fazio—an Italian digital artist with a studio based in Bologna. Agnani called him, rather matter-of-factly, a “guru” in the field. Naturally you’re left to skeptically contemplate such lofty terms with a see-it-to-believe-it attitude, but a quick search through Fazio’s portfolio reveals why a guy as celebrated in the Italian visual arts scene as Agnani would throw laurels his way.
Not only has Fazio cultured his own aesthetic touch—a style that incorporates negative space as a lever to increase the incandescence of his grid-heavy projections—but he’s even helped make the tools of his craft more accessible to artist communities by creating 3D mapping computer programs and hosting 101-type workshops at festivals internationally.
Bottom image Sample schematics from Element.Map, a 3D mapping open source program.
Ryoji Ikeda + Carsten Nicolai “cyclo.id” at MOMA 2013
PopRally hosts the premiere U.S. performance of “cyclo.id.”, the collaborative project of artist/composers Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai. Since their collaboration began in 1999, cyclo.’s work—live performances, CDs, books, and ongoing research—has focused on their shared interest in the visualization of sound. In conjunction with MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, in which Nicolai is a featured artist, the duo will stage a performance entitled cyclo.id. In a multisensory and immersive concert experience, cyclo. will perform against a backdrop of vibrant, ever-shifting visuals generated through real-time sound analysis.
Mantra II Unisono. Video & Mapping intervention by VjThai.
Exploring a universal frequency, where unity prevails. Beyond consciousness, the essence. _*_
MANTRA II is part of UNISONO, a series of ephemeral interventions of video & mapping by Roxana Barraza (VjThai) & Media Selectah.
…”part of the magic in the mantra consists in that you should not question about its meaning, because only then shall we trascend the fragmentary aspects of the conscious mind and perceive the subyacent unity…” _*_
This is the first IRL exhibition of MANTRA, as part of the first session THAIFHAI nomad gallery. It consisted of an audiovisual intervention by Roxana Barraza (VjThai) & Projection Mapping by Media Selectah, that took place only for one night at a space in Escuela Adolfo Prieto, Centro de las Artes. Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, México. APRIL 2014.
Last year I wrote an article on FAD about my issues with video art, the mistakes being made with it and how it could be improved – have a read in the first in the series of what’s wrong with video art? But now something else is gaining favour in the world of art and the moving image, and that is the multi-screen installation.
LAX recently opened the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, giving passengers a unique travel experience with new video walls called the Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS). An impressive engineering feat, the IEMS project was commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and took more than two years to create. The dazzling display opened in September 2013, and provides passengers with a host of entertainment and information.
Installation by Kimchi and Chips features a polygon web of nylon strips, projected on to great effect - video embedded below:
An architectural web of threads subtends a null space. It hangs abstract and undefined, a set of thin positive elements segmenting the dark negative space between. Dynamic imaginary forms are articulated into the physical volume by the material of this thread, and the semi-material of the light. The visual gravity of the filaments occupying the space between.
A 2D canvas is reduced from a surface piece into a line segment, but then constructed into another dimension, a volume. Light creates contrast and order on the lines to articulate digital matter. Digital forms inhabit the interconnected boundaries of space, moulding visual mass,
The artists reference Picasso’s light painting, and Reticuláreas of Gego who’s work offers a contemplation of the material and immaterial, time and space, origin and encounter and art and technology.
You can find out more at Kimchi and Chips’ website here