This is the third project completed with IRIE PIXEL. It is a great pleasure to be part of the team. Every single project we do is a success.
The task for this project was to design an installation that would be
1) reasonably sized to be viewed by audience of 50-200 people.
2) easy to assemble and disassemble
3) invisibly fixed to backing structure
4) Projection mapping friendly. (VJ should map this in less than hour)
5) When disassembled should fit in A1 size box. (easy to move around via car or train)
6) very light but rigid enough in order to be reused.
I've noticed that all mapping software packages are based on simple principle of distorting a grid. And all of them are complied with 16x16 grid. In order to make structure rigid enough and easy to put on the wall I split the structure in 3 pieces, that would be restricted it to no more than 7 polygons with 2 vertices that would be positioned on the wall surface.
Based on these points several sketches were produced.
Geometry was developed by very simple definition in grasshopper.
A model of one of the pieces of structure was required to test the concept .
Further sketches, proof of concept videos and installation strategy drawings where produced for clients approval. (The Lux)
Fabrication drawings where developed in Autocad. All polygons where cut from A1 size foamboard, which is the most amazing material ever. It doesn't weigh anything and is very rigid. All pieces were cut by V-groove cutter and stuck together with velcro tape so that the geometry could be assembled from flat within 15 minutes.
The geometry was exported from Rhino to C4d scene. Which was than handed over to IRIE pixel along with several footages so the guys could do their magic.
Floating Points played that night. We tried to do the footage to match the electronic down-tempo rhythms. Irie Pixel have done pretty good job at producing and mixing them all together.