JOL Sunday Flickr

Oh yeah, installation #2 of the newly titled JOL Sunday Flickr!  I hope this has been a relaxing weekend for all of you who read this blog — and obviously those who don’t, but JOL readers rock and they get first preference in my heart!

Something awesome to check out:  Morgan Freeman narrating a series called Through the Wormhole.  This sh*t is awesome, I highly recommend it!  Laura has turned me on to the show (as well as to Ancient Aliens and Fatal Encounters
, which is a freaky but awesome show too), and I know that you’ll love it.  Get ready for brain explosion, this is some heavy stuff.

Check out this week’s JOL Sunday Flickr — lots of great shots!

Summerset 2012

Tribal Breakup

Ben Folds Five

Brookfield Place Fountain (Detail 01)

Luminous Dynamo

Red Light Jubilee

Daytime AWESOME

Nocturna Luminaria

Have an excellent rest of your Sunday night, everybody!

Interactive LightBoxes from Enlighter and Light Act

I got an email a little while ago from Mitja PrelovÅ¡ek who runs the lighting website Enlighter.  (Sorry I haven’t posted this yet Mitja, I’m in just released software land!)  Enlighter did a project recently with interactive product called Light Act, which is pretty cool — imagine tracking a person as they walk past a store front, and allowing the lighting to literally interact with them as they realize they’re being entertained.  Now that is what I call outstanding!  I thought sticking a large pixellated box in front of a video display was pretty creative, this kinda just blew my mind and made me have a morning period of creativity!

Check this out:

From the video description:

Interactive LightBoxes is an interactive lighting installation using 1 reActor and 2 SmartView modules from LightAct system. These modules control 6 light boxes that through the interactivity draw people closer and invite them to interact and play with them. The message displayed on the light boxes gets across much more easily while the interactivity helps to save energy.

This is outstanding, and it’s not really that complicated!

The system itself is a motion tracking-type system that has some extra translators for lighting protocols other than DMX (like DALI for architecture and any pulse-width modulation signal stuff for homes and buildings), along with a software suite that allows you to either write your own code or use the software to set up your “interactivity barriers” as we would call them.  Check out a diagram of the system — opens up to 1024 pixels!

Awesome work, Mitja and the Enlighter crew!  Thanks for letting us know about your project!

Incandescent Cloud

This has been making the rounds, but with good reason!  Caitlind r.c. Brown created a cloud out of 1,000 functioning and 5,000 donated burned out light bulbs for Calgary’s Nuit Blanche. For those of you who don’t know, Nuit Blanche (All Nighter, or literally “White Night”) is an all-night public arts festival. I personally have always really been drawn to the concept of Nuit Blanches, and would love to work on one. The closest thing I personally have been to is Santa Monica’s Glow, which was wonderful and an idea I really hope to see expanded on.

In Incandescent Cloud, pull strings glimmering like rain hang from the cloud. Nuit Blanche attendees could manipulate the cloud’s luminosity using those strings, creating random small flickers singularly, or working in teams to pull the strings at the same time. It is a wondrous installation, and I’m sure must have been a blast at Nuit Blanche!

Check out some photos and video below:

JOL Sunday Flickr

Writers among us all here might appreciate this more than others, but every Sunday that I write the Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Pool Photo Post, I always wonder to myself quietly [screaming] “how the f*ck did I title it last week?  Sunday Flickr Pool Post?  Sunday Flickr Pool Photo Group Post or some f–” you get the idea.  I think today I will start the trend of calling this post — *ahem* — JOL Sunday Flickr.

<dog fart>

Carrying right along here, I dug deep into the well for this Sunday’s JOL Sunday Flickr.  Have you ever just put the window on background black and flipped through the JimOnLight Flickr Group photos?

Nocturna Luminaria

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Milwaukee

The Mothership

Untitled

Glorious Morning Startrail

the laser on the roof

Christmas at DePaul 2010

World's Largest Disco 2010

and my personal Sunday favorite:

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PLASA 2012: Pick Up Your Face, It’s Over

Now that I’m back in North America AND I am all but caught up with sleep, I want to share some of my photos from the fun that was PLASA 2012 at Earl’s Court, right off the Earl’s Court tube stop and only a moment’s tube ride from a great Indian restaurant that really ended up hating about ten of us after a wild night of eating some delicious tandoori.  WHEW — that was a huge sentence!

It was a pretty busy show for me and for the CAST Group booth (Hall 1, E-27), but the load-in went smoothly, Steve and his guys from Intexco took really good care of us, and a big thanks to Mickey, Shane, and Paul for making our booth look outstanding!  I even got some carpenters to run cable and hang lighting fixtures!  Brilliant work, boys, and thanks again!

Let’s check out some of these photos — I tried to snap shots everywhere I went, so I have a bit of everything here and there!

from the plane, on the way to London

more hotels

hotels along the street

Earl's Court Road

beautiful windows

build up at PLASA 2012

build-up at PLASA 2012

Earl's Court

the view of Earl's Court from the Earl's Court Station

exhausted Igor

windows.

thumbs up!

Jim talking at PLASA 2012

END of the Clay Paky demo, PLASA 2012

DTS's booth at PLASA 2012

Robe Explosion

PIXLED

drape and video

trade show porn

Rob, Jim, Justin

Walter from Swisson!

multi-surface video

more sexy ROBE booth

looking at the PIXLED booth at PLASA 2012 from Hall 1

Don't Rig Shit.

Pulsar's awesome booth at PLASA 2012

cool five-sided moving head, like Medusa

White Light Zone

This is SOME of my photos — I have a heck of a lot more over at my Flickr page — JimOnLight on Flickr.  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more very soon!

Tupac Martir’s Satore Studio is About to Rock Your Face

There are a very small group of people who live in our society who see things in the way that we all see things in our heads, but have the ability to take those brilliant, beautiful twilight thoughts and make them real for all to experience.  These people have the ability inside them to transform a location with art and light completely, or tell a story so vivid and so real that the lines between the production they design and the experience the audience has are blurred beyond reality.  My friend Ann Davis is one of those artists, Peter Morse and Jeff Waful are too; TJ Gerckens is one of those artists, as is Martin Kuhn from Moodbox in Switzerland.

This post is about one of those kinds of artists – the kind of person who sees a different color at night than most.  This post is about Tupac Martir of Satore Studio — so, JimOnLight readers, meet Tupac Martir — in this instance talking about one of his works, Nierka:

Now meet Tupac and his Satore Studio:

Show reel from Satore Studio on Vimeo.

It’s a rare occurrence when you meet someone whose ideas are so revolutionary, so different from mainstream thinking that they produce mainstream thinking.  It’s something that we all strive for, but you either have that talent or you do not have that talent.  No matter how much you pay on Yale, sometimes you just don’t have it.  Tupac has this talent; it always frankly just blows my mind when we talk about the projects he’s doing and the work that his firm is plotting.  An example of this would be one of his recent works, Nierka.  Or, if you happened to be at Coachella Music Festival this season back in April 2011, you would have seen Tupac’s work as well (in collaboration with another outstanding design firm, United Visual Artists):

Tupac does all kinds of design work with his firm all over the world.  His touch extends to artists like Beyonce, Elton John, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi — and to the fashion world, bringing his intimate knowledge of lighting to create overwhelmingly beautiful runway events during Fashion Week for designers from Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen and everything in between.  Designers like Tupac Martir (in a small pool of creative visionaries of our day like Neil Austin, Ann Davis, definitely Kevin Adams) are what I see as the next round of Appia and Craig in our society — in other words, these are the kinds of people to bring about the next big change to the way we think about certain things in our lives.  And, if not everyone will see and experience these changes, at least those of us who see their works, experience their art, and perhaps get lucky enough to collaborate on a project can have that realization that comes with seeing the work of a committed visionary.  You have to get it how and while you can get it, right?  I mean, “eh?”

I met Tupac because Nierka is using the BlackTrax technology from CAST.  We met at the ProLight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, and became fast friends.  It’s the whole “brother from another mother” thing that happens in the Universe, you know how it goes.  The man has creativity falling out of his beard; it’s hard to tie it down to one or two brilliant things.  I recently gave a seminar at PLASA 2012 with Tupac on using the wysiwyg suite to solve production problems, and I’ll share some of that seminar soon — but it was a pleasure to share the stage with an artist who is as proficient technically as they are artistically.  That’s right — Satore Studio is known for having f%$#ing amazing production paperwork.  I’M IN LOVE!  Stage Managers across the world unite — an artist CAN have excellent paperwork AND create great designs!

You have to see the video of Nierka below — it shows what Tupac is doing with tracking, and it’s pretty cool:

More Tupac and Satore Studio eye porn:

If you’re trying to find out who’s hottest and who’s doing the most innovative work, make sure that Tupac Martir and Satore Studio is on the top of your list.  I’ll be posting more about Tupac Martir and Satore Studio’s work as the days grow on.  Have an awesome Monday, everyone!

Update, Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 0746:
New photos from Satore Studio’s lighting of London Fashion Week — Williamson, Westwood, and House of Holland!  Beautiful!  See below.

 

Sunday JimOnLight Flickr Group Photo Pool

three kings of lighting online at PLASA 2012 — Rob Sayer from OnStageLighting.co.uk, Jim Hutchison from JimOnLight.com, Justin Lang of iSquint.net

Happy Sunday, everybody! I’m back from PLASA 2012 in London, and I think I am finally caught up with sleep and no longer grumpy (sorry, principessa) after a grand return. I had a blast, saw some of my favorite people, met new favorite people, and didn’t sleep much! As usual, a standard trade show experience.

I signed into Flickr this morning to write a Sunday Flickr Group post, and I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement.  This was an AWESOME day to check out the Pool!  Lots and lots of great images were just added by a bunch of great photogs and light artists — it’s totally worth a few minutes’ worth of black background photo gazing!

Check out today’s selection — it’s huge!

"Love" Light Graffiti

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The Lenser Orb Challenge

Tree and Me - Brimham Rocks

N.D.B.C - I'M SEXY I KNOW IT - Today's Explore at #1 on Fluidr

Light

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Metal & Light

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Oriole Park, Toronto

Face Down Olympic Gold!

Sunset Showoff.

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The Calamari Sisters' Big Fat Italian Wedding

Deference of the Departed

A Chorus Line Rendering

Happy Sunday! I hope it is a relaxing and very chill one for each and every one of you out there!

A September 11 Story from the Lighting Industry

I heard a really great story tonight.  It’s really hard to find a “good” story that has to do with September 11, 2001 — but I had dinner with a bunch of great folks tonight, and being that it’s September 11, it seemed appropriate.  It’s pretty weird to be sitting in another country on possibly one of the worst days in America’s history watching a different country play TV shows about the terrible day that was 9-11-01.  It’s also pretty eye-opening to be watching shows in a country that has considerably less anal attitudes towards what they show on television; talk about eye-opening.

So on September 11, 2001, many people were at the PLASA 2001 Show at Earl’s Court in London – afternoon was in full swing when 8am came and the planes started smashing into the World Trade Center.  News started passing around the show floor about what had happened, and the hubbub of the disaster began to make its rounds.  Across the show floor things continued, except for in one booth – High End Systems.  John Wiseman, the once Vice President of Worldwide Sales decided that HES wouldn’t be selling anything else that day while people in America were dying.  As I heard the story, the paraphrased John Wiseman said something along the lines of let’s shut it down for today, we’re going back to the hotel, no more for today.  One by one, following the High End Systems example, booths shut down one at a time.  I don’t know how many, but really who cares how many.

A year later on the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City, people were back at Earl’s Court in London for the PLASA 2002 Show.  It had been decided that a minute of silence would be held to commemorate those killed and lost on 9-11 during the PLASA show.  Brad Schiller from High End Systems at the time decided that, since we work in lighting and our silence is darkness, that HES would shut down the light and go dark to commemorate the moment.  Again, many booths followed suit, some did not, but it doesn’t really matter who didn’t — only that people followed Brad’s example and blacked out their lighting and sound to remember the dead and hurt.

As I go to these shows across the world, I am always remembered that we have one of the most awesome industries in all of the world, full of the world’s most amazing people.

To all of those killed, hurt, or heart broken on September 11, 2001 — this moment of silence is for you from JimOnLight.com.

Light Rhapsody: Body Light Art

Two french directors, Marc Czerwiec and Vivien Testard have used light to paint a beautiful short film in “Light Rhapsody.” Projection designed around a model’s body wraps it–and it is gorgeous! I’ve included a couple stills from the video below.

I highly encourage checking out the video, but I have taken the tame path and not embedded it here given their use of a nude model could be construed as Not Safe For Work. (Though I haven’t seen a Severe Period Greek sculpture blog saying Myron’s Discobolus is NSFW!)

Take your own responsibility, and click-through to view the beautiful short here!

 

Thanks to Fox for the heads up! *jump in air high-five*

Misnomer Majestica: Fire Rainbows

So-called Fire Rainbows actually have nothing to do with fire or rainbows, however they are absolutely awesome! The correct nomenclature for this optical phenomenon is circumhorizontal arc (circumhorizon arc and lower symmetric 46° plate arc are also accepted). A multi-colored halo (spanning from the red wavelengths at the top to the indigo like a rainbow) that runs parallel to the horizon occurs when the sun’s height in the sky is more than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through a cirrus cloud or haze consisting of ice crystals. These ice crystals must be hexagonal and plate-shaped, facing parallel to the ground. When light enters the top of the ice crystal through its vertical side face, and exits bending through the lower horizontal face, it separates like a prism.

While the circumhorizontal arcs are indeed arcs, they frequently only appear in small sections of wispy cirrus clouds where the ice crystals are properly aligned, which leads to the misnomer “fire rainbow”. Here’s a small gallery of this spectacular optical phenomenon: