An Italian friend and colleague who lived in London was part of a successful projection mapping collective back home called Deltaprocess and they had a show coming up for Kernel Festival. He asked if I would be interested in helping out and I jumped at the chance, a paid trip to Italy in the summer for an mapping festival, what’s not to like?
At the time I had a bee in my bonnet about narrative in projection mapping of which there was very little that I had seen so I really pushed for this to be an aim of the project.
A national referendum was held in Italy in June 2011, there were questions concerning the repeal of recent laws regarding the privatisation of water services, building new nuclear energy plants and criminal procedure, specifically a provision exempting the Prime Minister and the Ministers from appearing in court. We took these themes and created our show. The results of the referendum were spectacular in rejecting the privatisation, new nuclear power and Berlusconi’s attempt to create a get out of jail free card.
The show was 30 minutes in total. We used Quartz Composer, Max/MSP/Jitter and Isadora. A lot of the content was generated in realtime and triggered with OSC sent over a wireless network from the musicians on stage. Other clips were created in Cinema4d and After Effect.
We created the entire show in 48 hours from arrival on site in Desio. We were accommodated in a junior school classroom where we set-up our studio and worked through the night animating and programming for the following day.
Deltaprocess are a talented, hard working and extremely creative team with which to work and have gone on to create many spectacular shows and stages around the world.