Friday, September 27, 2013

Doug Aitken's Mirror at Seattle Art Museum and the power of mapping

Working on animations that are controlled by mapping the amplitude of a sound clip made me think about how else mapping could be used. After seeing the video in class and hearing Arturo mention that different projections are commonly seen in Europe on the sides of buildings, I wanted to read up about this phenomenon.

Searching around the Internet, I stumbled across an artist named Doug Aitken who is currently heading up an art project where a train travels across the United States and stops in nine different stations, bringing music, video, projections, and all forms of art to each stop, starting in NYC and ending in San Francisco. 

You can see a lot of the different art that's been produced so far at this website:

Interested, I looked up more of Mr. Aitken's work and found this:

(I'm not sure how to get Blogger to show a Vimeo clip, it seems partial to YouTube....)

Anyhow, the installation is called Mirror and is described by Doug Aitken thus:

Collecting data about Seattle's weather patterns, traffic and pedestrian movements, and other environmental factors, the installation adapts and changes its projections and rhythms according to the data, as it is controlled by these other parameters that it is parented to, so to speak. This art exhibit makes me think mapping is one of the most powerful tools for creating dynamic design and art. I can't wait to learn more about it.

You can read more about this installation and the artist at these sites:

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