The video of my Ignite Philly presentation on Parametric Modeling is finally here.
Rejoice and watch.
I had the recent privilege to speak at Ignite Philly 12 this past Saturday. I'm always amazed with the speakers at these events. It was an honor to be among them. Just a few of the speakers at this Ignite were the first blind speaker Austin Seraphin, the first deaf speaker, Michelle Lee, Jason Fagone and Philly geek of the year.
I am very excited to say that last night's Vector Equilibria went really well. Gene Coleman and I had so much great help from Sean Stoops (Animated Architecture), David Clayton (Philadelphia Science Center), our musicians, Sam Cusumano (of Data Garden), Sahar Coston-Hardy (photography, but not these crappy images), and my uber-helpful dad.
I think this event was unique for a number of reasons:
Gene Coleman and his band of merry musicians for the night - Michael McDermott, Nick Millevoi, and Teddy Rankin-Parker with recording by Sam Cusumano - created a whole unique sound for the piece. At times it reminded me of 2001 Space Odyssey; completely epic. They even used a recording of a piece called Water of the Last Moment by Gene with vocals by The Crossing. Tonight the video projection will be accompanied by a recording of last night's performance. Sam Cusumano is doing the mix and I can't wait to hear it.
Because one very large projector is very expensive and difficult to procure, we decided to layer two projectors to get twice as many lumens. Two 5500 lumen projectors from FunFlicks gave us 11000 lumens (!). It was the trickiest part of the setup, but it made it possible for me to project the image onto the full extent of the facade more afford-ably and manage-ably.
Although the rain probably deterred some people from coming to the event last night, those of us that were there enjoyed the rain. It was a challenge that made it something special, but that also strangely fit with the piece. The middle sequence, 'PRESENT', has a sort of rain of stars as we move through space.
This year marks the 30 year anniversary of Buckminster Fuller's death. Bucky was a fellow at the Science Center for about a decade. In celebration of Fuller and the Science Center's 50 year anniversary, Gene and I themed the piece around Fuller and his ideas. In the past I have not done work that was so heavily themed on someone else's ideas. But the concepts of Fuller's such as Spaceship Earth, the World Game, and learning from the sustainable synergy of nature add so much more to the formal and technical qualities of this piece. I like this way of working and thinking and hope to do more like this in the future.
I will be creating a video about the event in the coming weeks and writing more about my ideas and research in making the piece. First, I need to take a little break. But don't forget to come to the second night tonight in West Philly at Market and 34th St from 7 to 9. It's free and there will be less rain.
Bucky would be so happy if you came.
Over at NextFab they are cutting out one of my designs on the waterjet. It's for their Bike Garden that Will Belcher, Henry Moll and I designed several months ago.
I wanted to let you all know about an event that I have coming up soon.
I have been invited to be part of Animated Architecture, curated by Mr. Sean Stoops and funded by the Knight Foundation. My piece will be shown on October 19th and 20th from 7 to 9pm. I will project animation on the side of the Philadelphia Science Center at 34th and Market. A three piece ensemble will accompany the projection with music composed by my collaborator Gene Coleman. One or two of the musicians will be visiting from Japan to perform a piece by Gene called Sendai Transmissions (I created some animations for this piece as well.).
I hope you can come! The first night (the 19th) we will have 24-minute live performances with rests in between. But the second night (the 20th) we will have continuous playback from recorded sound.
A little more about the piece:
Vector Equilibria is an exploration and celebration of the impact of the work of Buckminster Fuller on the science, technology and culture of today. The abstract animations of Chris Landau and the live compositions of Gene Coleman in University City during the 50th Anniversary of the Science Center and Design Philadelphia 2013 will entice us to recall Fuller's connection to Philadelphia. Landau is incredibly interested in Fuller as a futurologist and his work in imagining a dramatically different and better world. Some of Coleman's own compositions and research have focused on Fuller over the last few years, such as “9 Chains...” and “Spiral Network”, both of which use Fuller’s ideas as the basis for the composition.
I was so excited to watch Laurie Olin receive the National Medal of Honors this Wednesday alongside the likes of Mr George Lucas, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joan Myers Brown of Philadelphia. He is quite an amazing individual, someone who truly deserves such a medal. If you haven't yet, check out the great article about Laurie on Philly.com by Inga Saffron. Laurie, may the force be with you.