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  • Writer's pictureCorrina Crazie Espinosa

Light Pollution

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

For this assignment we will be using projectors to bring unusual surfaces to LIFE! We will be using 2 different kinds of software, 1 for projection mapping and 1 for VJing. What is projection mapping and VJing? Projection mapping is "Projection mapping is a video projection technique in which video footage is mapped onto a surface, turning common objects – such as buildings, runways, stages and even water – into astonishing displays. These surfaces become a canvas, playing off the surface’s shape and textures to create a delightful experience of light and illusion." from

VJing is similar to DJing, but with videos instead of sound. A VJ is a video jockey and you have likely seen them performing at concerts, raves, clubs and other similar events.

An example of projection mapping a large building, house or structure.

Projection mapping a car?

Projection mapping a painting.

Projection mapping and choreography, moving objects.

Performance based, using body as object.

Projection mapping as a indoor, custom installation.

Projection mapping unexpected objects. The sky ain't no limit!

Assignment guidelines:

For this project you will create a performance based projection mapping project. It can be any size (physically) and can be indoor/outdoor but should meet the following requirements:

1. Must be no less than 2 minutes in duration, can be as long as you like but if it exceeds 5 minutes we may not have time to watch the entire thing.

2. Must include live performative actions: moving objects, living performers, live effects (using VDMX, Resolume or other software, midi controls, etc.) You can use anything else you can justify as "performance."

3. Must use a minimum of 4 videos. At least 1 must be your own video, the rest can be appropriated from the internet or other sources.

4. Must have a concise theme that is communicated clearly using visual literacy. Use visual/auditory symbols to articulate the intended meaning. What are you trying to say with your performance and how will your audience understand your idea? How are you getting your point across? Will we guess it correctly in critique?

5. Must use 3D objects, no screens or walls... think outside the box.


*Projection is best picked up on white of very light materials.

*With our license (VDMX) you can build files and save them on the classroom computers, and open them on your laptop with free demo version.

*Practice your performance before hand to get your timing right.

*Don't overthink it, simple is fine if your message is being communicated clearly.

*Visually pleasing is good, but only half of the story...

*Try many different objects, project inside them, outside them, play with surfaces.

Some objects to consider: buckets, toys, boxes, sculptures, people, kitchen utensils, clay, posters, flags, wigs, feathers, costumes, mannequins, books, cages, vases, jars, cups, buildings with interesting surfaces, styrofoam, plastic, fish tank, canvas, and any of a wide variety of unique objects you can find at thrift stores, in dumpsters, etc.

Play! Try new and scary things! Take positive risks! Experiment!




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