In November 2012 I was invited by Synegetica Studio Lab and the ArtScience Interfaculty, Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag, to hold a workshop exploring DIY possibilities for lost-cost full-dome video projection. The main method explored was the well-know mirror-sphere system developed by Paul Bourke in which a projection [from a consumer level projector] is reflected onto the dome via a hemisphere with a mirrored surface [taking into account some distortion tricks to generate images with with correct geometric properties]. The workshop coincided with the inauguration of a new inflatable multi-dome pavilion, developed by Cocky Eek, with the specific purpose of providing a space for transdisciplinary audio-visual experimentation and act as an instrument to explore the phenomena of light, sound and movement. At the end of the workshop students presented their experiments and later went on to perform at in the dome for a special set of events at Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents.
From the lenses of our eyeballs, rushing beyond the Earth’s escape velocity, our gaze slides across the curvature of our atmospheric lens, which both magnifies and brings into focus the glowing spheres comprising the cosmos. Spheres within spheres, perhaps, ad infinitum, evoke not only the structure of space, but also the perceptual process that allows us to tune into this structure. Students will learn how to hone this feedback mechanism through various 3D spheroidal projection techniques within specifically configured inflatable architecture created by Cocky Eek.
This hands-on exploration of optical physics will be elaborated by means of curvilinear video mapping, laser scanning and projection, as well as a survey of imaginative geometric interpretations of spherical spatiality by the likes of Frei Otto, Buckminster Fuller, Bernhard Riemann and Hermann Minkowski. Students will afterwards have an opportunity to show the artworks they develop during the course at the Kunstvlaai Festival, Amsterdam.
Photographic documentation of the Spherometria Workshop can be found HERE