I made a quick model to have a visual representation of what Natasha Stott’s performance space may look like, as well as to test materials and get some great photos.
- Plastic straws
- Old white chiffon blouse
- iPhone torch
This idea was the starting point for the final developed design. I was inspired by the delicate aesthetic of the draped chiffon to use stage gauze with projection in the finalised design.
In January I visited the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris to see a burlesque show.
When looking at projection for my Specialist Studies Performance 1 module, I researched the show and analysed the technicalities used. I noticed that projection and projection mapping was used heavily throughout the performance and considered how I could incorporate this into my performance design.
Projection mapping is a projection technology used to turn objects into display surfaces for video projection. By using specialized software, a two or three dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. This is true of the performers in the Crazy Horse show to show naked dancers modestly covered up with the patterns of projection.
I was interested in finding out more about projection mapping after finding the following image from AM-CB Dance Company and reading about interactive projection mapping and ISADORA technology.
I was inspired by this type of projection mapping and considered implementing it into my performance piece for either Specialist Studies Performance 1 or 2. A friend who studies Filmmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University had a workshop on projection mapping recently and had the opportunity to project his short film onto a cube covered with gauze.
More articles on Projection Mapping:
I recently came across a new Netflix Original series centred around art and design.
Abstract: The Art of Design consists of eight short documentaries profiling designers representing different fields in the industry.
The episodes, each roughly 40 minutes long and helmed by different directors, feature designers such as footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, set designer Es Devlin, architect Bjarke Ingles and illustrator Christoph Niemann.
I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix late one night and I can honestly say it has motivated and inspired me in every sense of the word. I was particularly impressed by illustrator Christoph Niemann’s modest approach towards drawing and Es Devlin’s bold set designs. I followed them both on Instagram after watching the documentaries and now have access to daily updates and therefore daily inspiration from both designers.
I took inspiration and have referenced Es Devlin in my Specialist Studies in Design module for the Performance 1 project in which I have designed a performance space for a client.
I recommend these documentaries to everyone I speak to regarding design.
Check it out if you want to be wowed by wonderful design and designers:
Netflix link : https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883
Frank Gehry’s Dancing House, PRAGUE, 12/11/16
It was fantastic to see this building in person, it’s a building I’ve been looking forward to visiting for a while and it did not disappoint.
‘Dream’ Yoko Ono, 2009, Lake Garda, 15/08/2015
Detailed ceiling tiles and recycled tyre lamp, London / 7/01/2015