After leaving a job of 9+ years back in December to explore new horizons, I have found involvement in projects more salient with my interests and ambitions. It has been ultimately rewarding waking each day, materializing my path in this world. I’m forever grateful to my friends and family for supporting me and encouraging these new ventures.
ON THE RIGHT FOOT
With old friend’s and new acquaintances the possibilities are growing endless. Very happy to have been involved in a very special project for NBA Allstar Weekend in Toronto this February. The experience marks one of the first times (possibly the first time) VR meets the NBA. Court Vision created digital artifacts memorializing this moment in NBA history. Check out the video of the experience I helped create with my new friends at Dot Dot Dash. The team DDD put together was exceptional and gave it their all to make this come together. I also have to give special thanks to our fabrication collaborators at Fascinate Us for the exceptional buildout. There is more to come!
It was a long couple of months getting there and a long week onsite. I had not felt this excited about a collaboration since Private Space in 2008. It was the perfect mix of performing artist friends and new VJ’s added to the mix. I’m most proud of the screen set up that I rock out. Our stage featured visual from VJ’s such as Pineapsys, VJ Synaesthesia, Andrew Smith, Fred Knack, Josh Fitz, Drew Ensly, Creature Channel, Galactic Chimp-Monk and Me. The setup allowed any VJ to simply plug in and be video mapped to the hexagonal sculpture immediately. This also kept the down time to a minimum on this screen. A minimum as in there were only 20 minutes without visuals in 4 nights due to a power error.
But as past posts have shown I was in it for much more then just visuals on this one. I’m forever grateful for having an amazing friend in Sasha De Anda who helped me fabricate the seating pods for the area. Also this would not have been possible without the modeling skills of Tom Weiss. Lastly none of this would have been possible without my amazing employer Acme Scenic & Display. Special thanks to Michael and Narayani for having me on their TEAM!
The design consisted of difficult geometry. The compound miters were of a difficulty level that I did not trust a human to do it by hand. In realizing this I got ahold of Tom Weiss for some help making a solid model of the Pod. With this model we were able to employee a tube laser to cut all of the vertical support structure for the pods. While those supports were being cut at an outside vendor Sasha and I were making all of the horizontal Hexagon structures. By the time the vertical structures were off the laser we were ready to weld on the flange plates and complete the structures.
The Pods were completed to the 90% range or so for WTF and looked even better at North West String Summit a month later. This is an evolving project and will have a couple of different forms and functions over the life of their use. Check out the video and images of the zone below. Also a low key Video that is available HERE!
I had the pleasure of working on an art project with my friend and colleague Jean Margret Thomas during the Spring. Jean Margret is a lighting designer and I helped her with the computing side of this project.
I recently put up this instructable on how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a DMX Controller.
I’m preparing a good post for the Starlight Grove buildout with Ghost Stag. In the meantime check out this mix that I did a visual set to Monday Morning around 3 AM.
01 0:00 Jessey Zepeda – Sound Design 1
02 4:13 Amon Tobin – Deo
03 10:53 Bonobo – Recurring
04 15:51 Max Cooper – Adrift (feat. Kathrin deBoer)
05 22:54 Yahtzel – Girls
06 26:44 Woven – Steady
07 28:54 Blacklist Muzik – Delerium
08 34:16 Jessey Zepeda – Controller
09 40:15 Signal Path – Souls Unswayed
10 43:41 MMOTHS – For Her (Max Cooper Remix)
11 51:15 Jessey Zepeda – Out of Your Self
12 55:09 Seinabo Sey – Hard Time (Diamond Saints Remix)
13 58:39 Bass Science – Drown Out
14 102:54 Phutureprimative – Luminous (feat Alyssa Palmer)
15 108:53 Deftones – U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start
16 113:02 Miles_Guru – Xenon
I have been hard at work for the last three months in collaborative design with Ghost Stag Productions creating a late night chill zone at What The Festival called Starlight Grove. As well as taking on the Technical Direction of the VJ experience and performance for the Starlight Grove, I have also been working in the metal shop completing the seating areas with the awesome and talented Sasha De Anda. Props to Acme Scenic & Display for the use of shop space and welding equipment!
Read about Starlight Grove on the What The Festival Web Page
More info available at Ghost Stag Too!
COOL GLITCH ART MADE IN THE PROCESS OF DESIGN!
2014 was a busy year that fruit many exciting projects, memories and new friends. From Augmented Reality to building transparent LCD displays 2014 pushed the boundaries of technology offerings.
The first tech project of the year involved setting up a 2 channel video display on 4 screens 7680×1080 and is recapped in detail HERE.
This project was followed by a great road trip to Utah and a video mapping installation at defunked Light Bar w/Solovox cranking out the tunes. Shortly there after Meso Touch was selected for installation at What the Festival and a commission to build these transparent TV product displays arose (right photo.)
There should be better documentation of the Meso Touch installation out soon as part of the WTF 2014 recap video.
The rest of the summer was spent doing a couple large scale build outs that can not be documented in picture due to the sensitivity of the information presented. We came out of the summer blazing with a pitch for an augmented reality campaign that was accepted and executed November 19th-22nd in Las Vegas, NV. This was the third time the year found me in Las Vegas and it proved to be an excellent and successful endeavor. Read about the collaboration between Acme Scenic & Display and Lumenal Code HERE.
Here is a video recap to show some of these projects in action.