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Performance and the Projected Image

Justin Botz

There are so many directions you can go in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program at Columbia College Chicago. Finding some kind of focus is up to each individual student. Though I have been experimenting with a variety of media since I’ve been in the program I have found myself working a great deal with the projected image in performance.

This semester I will be working with first year Media student Yunji Johanning on a video piece exploring the use of projection mapping in performance for the class History of New Media taught by Paul Catanese. Yunji, has been doing a great deal of performance work in virtual environments recently and it will be great to work with her on this.

Projection mapping has expanded the boundaries of what the projected image has been capable of conveying in the past by allowing media to envelope a variety of environments and alternative surfaces without the traditional constraints of the aspect ratio. For the last few years, it has been a popular technology used by a number of performance artists and groups to allow for the creation of “liquid architectures,” interactivity, and immersive environments.

In this video project we will focus on the use of projection mapping as it relates to performance. We will look at contemporary artists who are making use of this technology, what the projected image makes possible, and how they are considering it as conceptually necessary in their performance related work. We will also explore the unique scenographic considerations that accompany it.

I’m  excited about this project because it will provide an opportunity to approach some of my favorite artists who are working with projection and performance, and pick their brains regarding conceptual considerations surrounding their use of the projection mapping in performance. I can be detrimentally shy sometimes, and this project will force me to approach artists I’m interested in hearing from to ask for a conversation. Speaking of which, check out the awesome work of Miwa Metreyek and Cloud Eye Control.

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Performance and the Projected Image

There are so many directions you can go in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program at Columbia College Chicago. Finding some kind of focus is up to each individual student. …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
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