Fluid Light – BMW: Engineering Beauty

We knew season 3 was off to a good start when our partner and long time collaborator, photographer Javier Lovera approached us with a collaboration on a BMW and Cundari project for Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

diy animatronic eyes

If you’re familiar with the wonderful world of Arduino boards and robotics, you’re going to love this fairly simple hack from Lance Gundersen (LGProspects).

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Engineering Beauty – Its all part of the magic

Derooted, Toronto’s fresh and full-service creative agency, has entered the rare world of digital mapping with photographer and engineer Javier Lovera. Recently, they embarked on a collaboration for the fourth annual BMW Art Auction, in support of the Air Canada Foundation.

The Motion Project – Motion / Audio Interaction

I came across this video a few weeks ago and thought it worthy of a mention, stimulating to view and thought I would share it on our blog.

The Motion Project was a collaboration between a lot of clever creative people working together to create a machine that turns motion into music. This is something I touched upon a few years ago at Derooted Labs using different motion sensing open source techniques which proved to be quite effective. This was of course pre-microsoft 360 kinect days when all we had to work with was Processing patches and software such as junxion which is a Mac OSX data routing application that can process ‘sensors’ from any HID (joysticks, mice, touchscreens), MIDI, OSC, Audio, Arduino and Video device using conditional processing and remapping, with MIDI or OSC events as its output. This resulting MIDI or OSC data is then available to any audio or music software that runs on that Mac or can be send to external MIDI/OSC devices.

A Refreshing..l

This next blog post just literally popped up in my Facebook update as I scanned through my friend’s post on a Cal Art student which did a magnificent animation piece. Toniko Pantoja, currently a 2nd year student created a film short called Crayon Dragon, which is a wordless narrative depicting a tale of a girl befriending a painted one winged dragon. Although short, the storytelling and ambient music weaved into the animation harmoniously leaving viewers wanting to know more of this strange world the girl has illustrated. The illustration is astounding as it embodies a semi-Disney essence with a more loose and sketchy style, which is quite refreshing. Much of the movements and panning were really well executed that added to the whimsical feel.

YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM

Beginning with the finalization of the collection and styling for the show in Tokyo, followed by his arrival in New York City to oversee the final touches for the presentation of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the documentary turns an intimate eye on Yamamoto during fittings, model castings, guitar-playing, philosophical musings, and interactions with his staff and the global team bringing his ideas to life.