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August 28, 2010 4:17 PM   Subscribe


 
(Actually, it appears to be Ukrainian)
posted by empath at 4:22 PM on August 28, 2010


I was so disappointed when the best effect yet, the one of the whole building being picked up and whisked away, turned out to be them moving the camera after the end.
posted by darksasami at 4:38 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Did anyone else think of the Windows 3.1 screensavers?
posted by iamck at 4:39 PM on August 28, 2010


Here are some more.
posted by kickingtheground at 4:42 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


double?
posted by sswiller at 4:43 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Very cool. I'm kind of surprised they get enough contrast to pull off the illusions - the real building kind of fades into the background. It's this building in Kharkov, Ukraine, but that photo doesn't ID it. Some government office, probably.
posted by Quietgal at 4:53 PM on August 28, 2010


Thanks for the post - I really like the idea of architecture being used as a projection screen ever since I saw Robert Lepage's Image Mill, which was projected on 30 meter high by 600 meters long grain silo in Quebec City. You can see some cool footage of it at around the 1:05 min segment on this video.
posted by Staggering Jack at 4:53 PM on August 28, 2010


The interesting thing technically about this light show is how sophisticated the projection system is. Those effects cannot be done from a single point source (or the shadows of the columns would show like when they first play the spotlight [your guess is as good as mine whether that's a real or simulated spotlight] across the building).

I wonder what the projection system looks like.
posted by kalessin at 5:03 PM on August 28, 2010


Robert Lepage's Moulin à images in my hometown is nice too...

(sorry for the Ad, best quality i could find)
posted by CitoyenK at 5:12 PM on August 28, 2010


The technique is a double, but not that footage/event. It's interesting to see how much this stuff has come on even in the last year. This is the best I've seen so far:

http://vimeo.com/12397316
posted by cromagnon at 5:20 PM on August 28, 2010


Anyone know what the word is at 5:00?
posted by TDavis at 5:32 PM on August 28, 2010


The word is Kharkiv, which seems to be an alternate spelling of Kharkov. Or it might be a different form due to Ukrainian grammar rules (send up the Languagehat flare, please).
posted by Quietgal at 5:36 PM on August 28, 2010


> Did anyone else think of the Windows 3.1 screensavers?

Yeah. What's notable is that rampant cheese is characteristic of pretty much any new artistic medium: "We haven't really developed a set of rules or even intuitions for what is effective within this medium, so... flying toasters? Yellow balls? Scimitar-wielding alien princesses in chainmail bikinis? Sure. We can do that!"
posted by darth_tedious at 5:50 PM on August 28, 2010 [2 favorites]




That’s a huge crowd!
posted by parhamr at 7:21 PM on August 28, 2010


Here's another post about a different projection that I made awhile back.
posted by marsha56 at 7:22 PM on August 28, 2010


The word is Kharkiv, which seems to be an alternate spelling of Kharkov. Or it might be a different form due to Ukrainian grammar rules (send up the Languagehat flare, please).

Not Languagehat, but I'll try… Ukrainian differs from Russian in several regular and systematic ways, and one of those ways is case endings. Names of many cities and towns carry a genitive masculine ending ("-'s town"). That ending realizes as -ov in Russian and -iv in Ukrainian.

So you get "Khar'kov" vs. "Kharkiv," "Chernigov" vs. "Chernyhiv," and "Kiev" vs. "Kyiv."
posted by Nomyte at 7:49 PM on August 28, 2010


Building projections are cool, but I wasn't super impressed with the one linked here, after having seen these others.

I've never seen one in person though, and I always wonder how they look if you're not standing in just the right place.
posted by endquote at 9:35 PM on August 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


Kinda disappointed by the ending. I was expecting them to shoot of real fireworks...
posted by IAmDrWorm at 10:18 PM on August 28, 2010


I'm so baked.
posted by En0rm0 at 10:51 PM on August 28, 2010


I remember the earlier post, and I was so amazed by this tech that I thought the demo videos were mockups, not the real thing. I suppose I stand corrected.

I am still amazed by the technology, but not by that show in particular. This reminded me a lot of some of the demo movies you used to see in the early 90's showing off the first rendered 3D animations. All they're doing is showing you what they can do in little 3 second vignettes. Here's a dolphin. Here's some warping. Here's a broken window. But no narrative or pacing or build-up towards a climax. Not even any kind of theme, even to the music that was playing. This show really needed a creative director. There is a huge potential for this technology that is not really being used.

On preview: Endquote, that is what I was hoping for. Thanks for those.
posted by PercussivePaul at 10:55 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well I enjoyed it. This type of light show has a certain tradition in all the former Soviet Union. This however is a bit better than the old days. I liked the fish and the U.F.O. best.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:08 PM on August 28, 2010


PercussivePaul, I completely agree with you. I only watched the first fifth of it, mostly because of the tediously bombastic music. Almost five years ago, the four sides of Philadelphia's City Hall were "decorated" around Christmas and New Years with a static version of this sort of display, and was at least enjoyable to look at in a purely ornamental way.
posted by edw at 11:19 PM on August 28, 2010


This reminded me a lot of some of the demo movies you used to see in the early 90's showing off the first rendered 3D animations. All they're doing is showing you what they can do in little 3 second vignettes.

Yeah. It was all kind of random.
posted by delmoi at 11:19 PM on August 28, 2010


fucking magnets
posted by ouke at 11:57 PM on August 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just saw something like this in Lviv! It was Ukrainian Independence Day on August 24th (that's August 24, 1991!) and apparently most big cities in the country had a similar show. It's (apparently) safer than fireworks, and the Lviv show was more of a lasers-in-the-sky kind of thing. It looked amazing projected on the Opera House and through the sky from the Vysoki Zamok castle hill.
posted by mdonley at 2:14 AM on August 29, 2010


Applauds endquote.
posted by kthanksbai at 5:38 AM on August 29, 2010


Classic demo from 1993. In those days projectors were heavier and more expensive, but smoke effects were nice. Artistic content was a bit bleh, too heavy-handed with symbolism.
posted by Free word order! at 8:32 AM on August 29, 2010


If the camera was very close to the projectors, you wouldn't see off-axis shadows. And I'd assume that whoever is shooting these videos knows that.

Holy cow, that's a lot of light those projectors are throwing.
posted by warbaby at 9:07 AM on August 29, 2010


> The word is Kharkiv, which seems to be an alternate spelling of Kharkov.

It's Ukrainian, as Nomyte says.
posted by languagehat at 10:11 AM on August 29, 2010


Boy, did this fill me full of ideas... it's like they were deliberating avoiding creating any form of narrative or content at all, just all these amazing tricks! I love tricks, but this simply leaves tons of holes for art, don't it?!

The dog trotting out on the room toward the start got me going - I was already ahead of the game, I thought the dog would trot out there, the owners would appear, terrified of the heights, the dog trots ahead, the owner goes out, staggering and at one point apparently losing his balance totally, hanging from parts of the structure, the dog jumps around the top, he almost catches him, gets him... they both fall and are caught by a bed of roses!

That could have been a full minute of fun - several minutes if you had really good actors.

What was particularly interesting was the complete lack of "people" in the show. True, there were some large amorphous human-ish shapes, but the dog trotting out was as human as it gets, imagine if they'd had life-sized human figures interacting with the whole thing!
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:04 AM on August 29, 2010


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