Yo VJ! by The Furals

Students observe a spectacular display of pre-prepared colour and light effect sequences projected in 3D onto a cubic sculpture, moving to the beat! This workshop is inspired by projection mapping on building and music video artists like M.P. which was created using effects from the projection mapping software HeavyM as inspiration for putting their coding skills to work in creating their own light and music extravaganza. Working in teams, this hands on workshop will teach students how to create their own 3D projection light show to reflect the atmosphere of their original musical composition.

Each group will have an experimental musical director using the Novation Launchpad App on an iPod or iPad to compose and record a three minute piece by selecting and mixing tracks including drums, bass, percussion, vocal and melodic samples. The video production managers will use the HeavyM software on a laptop computer to set parameters for three projection effect sequences in time with a metronome which could be synchronised with the music. This includes generating shapes, exploring outline and fill colour, rotation in individual and multiple axes, introducing delays, and varying speeds. Groups can create amazing results with video mapping and by moving the projection centre of the faces of the cubes for ‘shadow’ projections. The groups will test these effects out on their screens, synchronised video and music, and save their files to Google Drive before connecting to the projector.

The spotlight is the students in this workshop as they investigate the gadgetry and programming techniques that make stage shows shine. Actors have been treading the boards since before the invention of electricity. Theatre lighting has come a long way since then, from the first gas and lime lights, to banks of electric light switches and the programmable systems that create the lighting spectaculars we enjoy today. Coding skills are put to the test and classmates are dazzled with original light show creations.

Tablets are great, but typing can be tricky without a keyboard. A clever gadget invented in 2002 uses a ‘magic cube’ projector to display a virtual laser computer keyboard, which works just like a real one. Yo-VJ! looks at the history of projection technology, from the plastic sheet projectors of the 1950s, to slide shows, to the pocket projectors we have today. The room is transformed with an unforgettable finale: an original projection festival.

Victorian Curriculum links: The Arts – Music, The Arts - Visual Arts, The Arts - Visual Communication Design, Humanities - Civics and Citizenship, Mathematics, Sciences, Technologies

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social

Get funky and build your understanding of 3D projection mapping with a musical twist

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Metro: 29th Jan 2019 to 20th Dec 2019
Regional: 29th Jan 2019 to 20th Dec 2019

The Furals
Duration: 2 hours
Artforms: Multi Art-form, Digital Technologies
Minimum fee: Minimum $252 + GST for 90 mins. Maximum $746 + GST for 3 x 1.5 hours. Please contact us on 03 9644 1808 or [email protected] for more information.
Suitability: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 27
Booking info: Technical Requirements: tables and chairs, cannot be performed on carpeted or wooden flooring, data projector and internet access required.