The idea of using light to coordinate images with sound has been around since at least the late 16th century, when artists invented ways to paint with light. Artists now have high definition projection mapping at their disposal and have used it to great effect. In a dark space, the attention naturally gravitates to the surreal light patterns that emanate from a wall or sculture.
Using motion graphics and precise palcement, it can be made to look like someone is manipulating the surface of an object. The construction and deconstruction of the surface becomes quite striking.
In the following video, paper tetrahedrons (great word) created by Adam Amaral, aka Master of Shapes, take on an automated look, almost as though they are robotic sculptures. The patterns projected can be created and manipulated in real time.
Our main goal is to have the audience doubt about whether the wall is run by led blocks or video mapping
In the description on Vimeo, Mr. Beam says: “We introduced a permanent VJ Wall in the city of Nicosia in Cyprus. With the use of a block structure and 2 projectors, we surprise the visitors during the evenings by changing the mood and behavior of the wall. Our main goal is to have the audience doubt about whether the wall is run by led blocks or video mapping.” He’s made it work!
Video artist Romain Tardy, aka Aalto, created a stage for DJ Nosaj Thing for the Lunchmeat Festival in Prague. Using hundreds of foam blocks, he built a textured wall that looks illuminated from the inside and responds to the music.