Projection festival seeks tech sponsor

AUTHOR: Inavate

A yearly festival held in Alys Beach, Florida sees projection meet art in an amazing display on the town’s extensive backdrop of white walls. Last year’s Digital Graffiti event called on the services of 42 Eiki projectors to display work from roughly 50 digital artists. Organisers of the event are now looking for a technology partner ahead of next year’s show and hope that a suitable sponsor can be found to provide at least 50 projectors for the festival to be held June 12, 2010.

Last year the 42 Eiki LC-X72 LCD projectors lit up the town’s distinctive white walls. Next year's plans are more ambitious with organisers hoping to use at least 50 projectors as well as media players, such as the Western Digital WD TV product, instead of laptops.

Some artists incorporated an interactive element into their work. A project called ‘Fun House Mirror’ filmed spectators and projected their distorted images. These images were projected in real time but altered with a different filter every minute or so. Also, sketch projection artist, Shantell Martin, used a Wacom tablet to sketch in real time. As visitors walked by or stood in front of the walls Martin sketched around them, sometimes giving them hats or trousers; sometimes making birds fly out of their head!

Event organisers hope that next year’s event will include more interactivity. They have pinpointed YrWall, an interactive digital graffiti wall, as a piece they would like to incorporate. The tool allows users to create virtual digital graffiti on a large wall using a modified spray paint can. The ‘can’ incorporates a button which controls an IR light source that is tracked with a computer vision system.

Entries are currently being taken for 2010. Artists will compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes. More details can be found at Digital Graffiti.

Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities at the event should contact InAVate at the usual address inavate@imlgroup.co.uk or event organisers directly, events@alysbeach.com