Tagged: Live Data

30112015 – 01122015 Virtual Projection Tests

I’ve been looking for a way to do this for some time and FINALLY have made some headway. I’ve wanted to re-create the effects of a projector within Blender. These, as many of my tests are, are very simple and have no conceptual framework. These is proof of process and essential for me to look back at how my skills in this area have progressed.

Looking at the work I’ve done throughout the MA, the impact of the screen and device on the user is an essential element. This interaction between you the physical and what the device presents, the digital has been a perfect example of the imbalance between these polar opposites. I felt that I best achieved this through my work at Digital Meze, especially as it seemed to sum up a lot of images I had created beforehand that focused on the user and the television, or computer monitor.

‘Monitor’ projected a live stream of BBC News into an altered CRT Television to highlight the complexity of misinformation in the news. Using live news feeds in my work has been an interest of mine for some time, and although this conceptually worked, however the way in which it was presented through ‘Monitor’ wasn’t quite what I’d hoped.

In these tests, I’ve textured spot lights with images and increased the emission value to create the effect. I’ve tested this with screen captured videos of live news feeds but the render time is slow, and will take a while to display the examples. Whether its possible to stream a live news feed within this is not yet known but it feels as if its a crucial step to execute further work.


The Cycles render engine is notoriously difficult to run properly in THREE.JS, and similarly, in Unity. Baking the textures into UV wraps is really the only way forward. This is very possible to produce systems and works with still images of media but including videos or lives streams is a different ball park. It seems possible that if the light source in a Python engine such as Blender can be texturised, a light source in Javascript could be used similarly. I’m yet to establish this though it doesn’t seem impossible.





Tutorial 1, 10102014


My first tutorial we discussed my aims, objectives and general themes of my project. Although there are many creases still to iron out, my project will revolve around the themes of identity, media creation/consumption, and virtual space.

We discussed potential techniques. One of which I certainly intend to carry out. I’m looking to create multi-media cityscapes, and therefore am interested in including elements of light and maybe even sound. For the lighting, we talked about the possibility of setting a variety of different coloured LEDs in molten wax casts. Given that glass’s melting temperature is much higher than wax, hopefully the heat will have no effect on the lights….. Though I will have to wait and see. I’m aiming to carry out this test as soon as possible and therefore have a few things to put on the shopping list. Including: An Arduino, LEDs, Wax and an Ice cube tray.

Moving on, we talked about the hilarity of media consumption, specifically within the news. How can, what should be the most delicate information, be broadcast as entertainment across the world. I am no angel with this and certainly have fallen into the trap of watching the news daily, but after a while I can’t help but think that much of it is a gross exploitation of sensitive information. Of course there are fantastic news stories, and necessary information must be broadcast, though it is the manner at which different broadcasters curb these stories to either satisfy their own views, or the views of their audience. And thens there’s the question of ratings…

This can be nicely exemplified by Sky News’s new Conflict tab on their iPad app or the way in which they advertised for Oscar Pistorius’s Sentencing. There’s no doubt that many people across the world have found Oscar’s case both abhorrent and, for the fact that it was broadcast, incredibly captivating, but his sentencing is not Christopher Nolan’s most recent release, and in fact stars no actors, but still they insist on editing their advert as if they’re selling tickets at the cinema. The moody strings and dramatic cuts to slow motion shots of Oscar as he listens to his fate resembles the sort of editing technique that would be used in almost every Oscar nominated trailer.

We discussed my interest in embedding BBC news live into a painting of a family in their living room. It aims to highlight the growing issue of daily news consumption and it’s effects on it’s audience. In this piece, I aim to mirror project the live images onto a canvas. In the gallery, I’m focused on it’s first impressions, whether the audience take it for what they came to see, art, or whether they begin to use it as another information point. Including live data and media into artworks is something I will look into doing. Another idea is to include the live tide times, weather reports into work, however I’m keeping these on the back burner, as I’m not quite sure how i’d approach it yet.

All in all, the tutorial went well. We talked about a range of topics that loosely bared some importance to my project proposal, as well as some techniques in executing them.

A great day!