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Art, architecture and technology intersect at annual Digital Graffiti Festival

PLSN Staff • Projection Connection News • May 16, 2019



CYPRESS, Calif. – Art, architecture and technology intersect at Digital Graffiti, the annual festival of immersive, projection mapped art that takes over the town of Alys Beach, Florida from May 17-18 2019.

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Artists from around the world participate and compete in a curated weekend of design, animation and projected technologies. Christie technology will be working behind the scenes, enabling residency artists Kaiman Walker, Jessica Van Zee and Tamiko Thiel to display their artwork throughout Alys Beach and on its unique white architecture.

“Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach represents a rare and captivating cultural experience. Christie has helped us refine this event further through their discipline in larger, more technical events and their deep expertise in the tools of the trade. Our residency artists reflect this in attaining results they had never imagined, and generating a greater sense of community,” says Brett Phares, curator, Digital Graffiti.

Digital Graffiti’s residency artists will bring interactive elements to their planned installations, with processing provided by Christie Pandoras Box and Christie Terra, and lit up by Christie M Series and HS projectors. Artist Tamiko Thiel will connect iPads to Christie projectors to show an augmented reality installation. Says Thiel, “For quite a while I have wanted to combine live augmented reality with real-time large projections, so that the entire audience can see the world augmented through our smartphone app.”

Using Christie projectors to illuminate across the Alys Beach lake, Jessica Van Zee is planning an audio and motion responsive installation onto a water fountain and surrounding architecture. Van Zee says of her installation that, “infrared technology will be incorporated into the projection in order to have silhouettes of viewers create masks in the animation to reveal another layer of media underneath.”  And Kaiman Walker will be modifying a swing set to include audio- and motion-based responsiveness, projecting the interaction of people swinging on the surrounding buildings.

“Christie’s sponsorship of Digital Graffiti is marked by an inspired use of our technology, which pushes the boundaries of what’s possible for projected artwork,” says Arlonna Seymour, senior director, Corporate Marketing, Christie. “This year’s use of interactive elements coupled with projection mapping promises to be a very exciting competition.”



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