Surreal architectural projection


19 Responses to “Surreal architectural projection”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was there, it was awesome. The whole “fête des lumières” is really great. Every year, December 8, the whole city celebrates light!

  2. relawson says:

    really neat! – the audience controlled visuals.

    not really neat! – putting your mouth on a mic that I saw lots of other people doing the same!!


  3. thekinginyellow says:

    i neither understand why this trend ever started nor why it continues to happen.

    ‘like, wow, let’s project a building onto a building and then have the building do stuff.’

    maybe i’m just too dumb to figure out what the fascination with this architectural projection crap is…and i do motion graphics and design for a living!

  4. Calsidyrose says:

    I’m reading Cory Doctorow’s “Makers” right now. I’m not a major geek, just a long-time Boing Boing lurker (since 2000 via the web. Watching this, and seeing how people react in the video, I think Doctorow’s future is well underway.

  5. NoctilucentStudios says:

    Awesome. Why do I get the feeling though that something like this could never take place in America? Maybe it has and I just haven’t heard about it yet……just seems like the Government would find a way to connect it to “terrorists” or some such.

    Oh and JPWatkins comment to the kinginyellow?


    • mccrum says:

      Sure it has, I’ve done something similar for last year’s Beaux Arts Ball in New York and MoMA had a laser light graffiti collective scrawl all over the outside a few years back. You just need permission and permit and I don’t think these guys were able to just set up a 10,000 lumen projector in the square and run power over to it without checking with the local authorities either.

      It’s just that most of the time here in the States we just don’t understand why someone would go through all the trouble just to make some art interesting without wanting to charge money somehow. :)

    • ajs says:

      Can’t speak for the rest of America, but we did a shoestring version last month for a nuit blanche in Saint Paul:

      Small video on the second page. All done with 2D tools, due to lack of budget. It isn’t being terribly widely done, yet, on this side of the pond. But it is being done.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just a small correction : the building is the Théâtre des Célestins, which is very much still in use as a theater.

  7. jamdot says:

    Here is a video of Android Jones doing digital mapping onto a performance artist…quite amazing stuff, beautiful to look at…

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

  8. finette says:

    Not a former theater, it’s still in use! Here’s the website:

    I stayed in the Hôtel du Théâtre right on that square about ten years ago. It’s a pretty standard 2-star hotel, but each room was individually painted by art students. Judging by current pictures of the rooms on their website, they’ve since gone a bit more upscale but less interesting. :(

  9. Fett101 says:

    Related, the latest Disney parks castle show does the same kind of thing. (to much better effect I think)

  10. fergus1948 says:

    If you liked that…
    …check out The 600 Years by the Macula. Absolutely astounding…

  11. thekinginyellow says:

    i think you’re right. i am a cranky old/young man.

    ;) touché. i’ve been absorbed in some mind numbing cinema4d action all day and only online when i set up a render. i really should take a long interweb break for a week or more for a good digital cleansing. regarding your question about software there’s a company here in houston that does these types of projections called Texas Video & Post. they use flame so i would assume they either use maya or 3dsmax. if that answers your question.

  12. zish says:

    I can do without the constant hopping between camera angles in the video. I did not have a headache until after watching it.

    The effect on the building is very cool, though.

    • narddogz says:

      My thought as well. The over-editing distracts one from the subject of the video and prevents study and appreciation of any angle that is presented.

      Do we really need a demonstration of your l33t editing skillz when something as epic as this is going on?

      The video’s editor needs to take his/her ADHD medicine and chill a little.

  13. Palomino says:

    Much better BB post on the same subject:


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