Nottingham-based artist creates immersive experience using Optoma projectors

CHALLENGE

To create a unique perceptual experience at One Thoresby Street – an artist-led gallery and studio space in the heart of Nottingham’s creative quarter. 

Multimodal is a new experimental event series founded by Matt Woodham which explores intersections between arts, science, and technology. He wanted to combine his research into visual neuroscience with musicq to create a unique perceptual experience. 

The experience would need to cover as much of the visual field as possible and prompt the audience to ‘fill in the gaps’ of their perceptual experience.

SOLUTION

The Nottingham-based artist opted for two EH415ST and two GT1080e Optoma Full HD short-throw projectors, both offering the image quality of larger projectors. 

The Optoma 1080p short-throw projectors, EH415ST, were selected due to their bright 3500 ANSI Lumens and for their ability to produce a large image from a short distance. Their compact size allowed them to be installed out of sight from visitors. View this product in our store to find out more!

For the remaining two walls, Matt chose two GT1080e projectors due to their bright 3000 ANSI lumens and pin-sharp high definition imagery. They were also chosen for their compactness, meaning they can be uninstalled and reinstalled quickly and simply.  

The setup was as minimal as possible. Four Optoma projectors were pointed at each wall, powered by a laptop running VDMX. Matt explains: “The visual patch I built on VDMX was driven directly by the audio from the mixer. The signal from VDMX was split into four HD signals going into each projector. Other than that, there were just a few extra bits of decor which played with light - either reflecting or emitting it. 

“I wanted to keep the setup as straight-forward as possible for the first event. It felt unnecessary including too much as the visuals were so intense and all-consuming.”

The visuals by Matt Woodham and music by Lukas Cole from Wiglex were highly synchronised to push the audience’s experience as much as possible, so that the combination of simple elements provided an ‘emergent’ experience to the viewer. 

The visuals were generated live, in response to the music Lukas was playing. Matt designed a custom controller to adjust specific parameters of the patterns such as spatial frequency, colour, spacing, width, angle, tiling parameters etc. The visuals were automatically kept in sync with the music.

RESULTS

The event saw both Matt and Lukas working in perfect unison to create an experience akin to Chapter 1 of Alice in Wonderland ‘Falling down a rabbit hole’. 

Matt said: “The event was so easy and smooth and I am already getting excited for the next installation of Multimodal!”

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