PORTALS / VIDEO CULTURE

PORTALS / VIDEO CULTURE
3D/Interactive
Sam Meech & Raz Ullah
Tom Rea Smith
PORTALS / VIDEO CULTURE’ is a sci-fi inspired interactive projection mapping installation and performance allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns and soundscapes using movement and colour. The piece combines analogue video feedback with digital processing to generate complex patterns that audiences can manipulate using their bodies or light (such as coloured laser pens). Like a stargate, the PORTAL takes the form of a large projection-mapped disc, standing opposite a live video feed to create a closed circuit loop. Any interaction in this space, creates recursive ripples in the video ecosystem, and triggers rich synth soundscapes. The audience is the creator and choreographer of the work. The work draws on the early video art practice of feedback - a technique over 50 years old - as a mesmerising generative mechanism. Linking this process with digital tools, the live video feed is carefully calibrated and projection mapped, resulting in vivid organic video forms. The work explores the power of various ‘feedback forms’ and the types of interaction they enable. We experience the generative power of effect of rotation and inversion in creating analogue cellular automata (PORTAL), or the strange red green and blue forms that compete for space like bacteria (VIDEO CULTURE) when using multiple colour-based feedback systems. PORTALS / VIDEO CULTURE has just received National Lottery Arts Council England project funding to tour libraries in the North West.