Illusio is a portable structure that puts emphasis on a combination of video and musical artists, composed of a 4m profound screen, that immerses the viewer into the videos. Our objective was to build an easy to move and easy to use mapping structure. We therefore considered different structure ideas that would have a strong visual and immersive impact on the public.
We started working on the project for DJ/VJ in September 2012. The principal obstacles were our low budget, building an easily mountable and dismountable structure (in an hour), as well as making it easily transportable and presentable to a large public. We built the structure mainly out of wood and lycra. We wanted to play with the depth of the structure. A phonograph-shaped structure was what first drew the attention of our team. After doing some research, we discovered one of ‘VsquareLabs’ creations, ‘The Vortex’, which was created for one of Datsik’s tours. We were inspired by the cone/speaker-like shape, which maximizes the impact of the projections thanks to its strong angles.
Video Mapping is often reserved to mega-productions. We hope to be able to allow smaller distributors to have access to this technology.
By combining optical illusions and video-projection, Video Mapping brings a well-known concept: increased reality. The goal is to modify in real-time the perception we have of the surface used for projections. Whatever the surface, the projection plays with optical illusions between the depth of the structure and its virtual «second skin». It boosts the subject or structure it illuminates. Video Mapping is mainly a light show. By means of shadow effects, color and intensity tones, light gives life to the different surfaces it casts itself upon. It calls upon different senses, especially depth perception. The optical illusions, which are animated by VJs, have the power to confuse perception, and to betray the viewer by deconstructing what seemed static. Video Mapping is the discovery of a new platform for a new and original visual experience. Therefore, it is not a representation technique equal to a screen or an immersive helmet.
The artist needs to evaluate the precision between what he wishes to show and the necessary degree of immersion for the public. Within the modern and contemporary artistic current, projection on non-traditional surfaces has been used by many artists. Viewers have learned to not be fooled by animated images. It was therefore necessary to think of new presentation technologies that satisfy the desire for illusion. Video Mapping is a technique that has existed for about 10 years. Today, it is used in many different fields, such as art, publicity, theatre, and dance. It is currently revolutionizing the event and show business industry. Its fast expansion has brought the development of new technologies, and offers artists unlimited possibilities. Video Mapping knows no age, nationality or culture barrier. Today’s performances and festivals almost always use video mapping. Although it has grown in popularity throughout the years, thanks to the democratization of access to the technique, it is still primarily used for bigger productions because of how costly the technology is.