video / interaction design - Sam Meechsound design - Raz Ullah & Tom Rea Smithav tech - Wired Science
A mysterious glowing disc appears, inviting people to play.
PORTALS is a mesmerizing interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns and soundscapes using movement and colour.
PHASE ONE - PORTALS INSTALLATION - explore the generative properties of feedback and movement through projection mapping. Through audience movement and interaction, intricate organic patterns emerge from the PORTAL, accompanied by sound samples by Liverpool composer Tom Rea Smith.
PHASE TWO - VIDEO CULTURE PERFORMANCE - digital artist Sam Meech and musician Raz Ullah present a special performance in surround sound, using coloured lasers to 'grow' bacterial video forms in Red, Green and Blue on the PORTAL, whilst triggering a sweeping synth soundscape.
PORTALS is a sci-fi-inspired interactive video-mapping installation and AV performance exploring time, space and recursive patterns in nature. Hypnotic, enchanting, almost alive. PORTALS creates a window in space-time - a glimpse to another dimension.
Encounter something surreal. An everyday sci-fi experience.
PORTALS Project partners:
SHIFT Digital - CheshireSt Helens Library Service - Cultural HubsLiverpool Central LibraryRogue Artists' Studios, Manchester
Liverpool School of Art & DesignManchester School of ArtLancaster University
"I looked into the PORTAL and saw... "
"Blue & Yellow Blobs to SciFi Music. Very Dr Who""lots and lots of different shapes when you do different movements and solutions with your body...it looked like someone was following me""myself looking at me the planet, with land shifting & moving""hypnotic compulsive calming like protozoa""CREATION... LIVING LIGHT, SO ORGANIC!!""How it all began, blobs evolving from the primeval soup""The Cosmos""Rainbow zebras""My thoughts competing for attention and energy fluctuating with colour changes"
"I would open a PORTAL... "
"to go into the future""to climb inside my mind""to the future to see if the world survives""so I could achieve my dreams""in a dark forest leading to a sunny field"
"PORTALS ARE... "
"Parellel Dimensions"invisible pathways from one to another""the impact of outside actions into another world""colourful, Imaginative and you get to see what you look like in another dimension""I love portals cause you can see different things what you haven't before""TRIPPY ASS STORYLINE, WORTHY BLOBS OF TRANSDIMENSIONAL SPACEY STUFF""kinda cool! Funny blobs to chase and look at""the new artwork to be hung on everyone's living room walls""by far the most beautiful digital project I've seen. It was such a profound experience made me feel relaxed, hopeful and happy! Was beautiful and playful!""Ways to get to new adventures""Mysterious and hypnotic and are thoughts""fantastic!!"
Fri 17th May 2019 - Liverpool Light Night - Liverpool Central Library - Picton Reading Rooms
Fri 12th July 2019 - Rogue Open Studios - Rogue Studios, Manchester
Thur 25th July 2019 - Macclesfield Library, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Fri 9th August 2019 - Haydock Library, St Helens
INTERACTIVE VIDEO WORKSHOPS
I'm running some day-long interactive video workshops for beginners exploring live feed camera tracking using Isadora. If you're interesting in using movement to trigger sounds, using colour to remix video, or simply want to play with feedback, then this is for you.
I've tried to keep the cost as low as possible. I'll provide webcams etc. You just need to bring a laptop.
Liverpool - Fri 14th June - LJMU John Lennon Art & Design building - £15 - TICKETS HEREManchester - Fri 21st June - Benzie building, Manchester School of Art - £15 - TICKETS HERECheshire - Sat 17th August - Macclesfield Library - £ FREE !!!! - BOOK HERESt Helens - tbc