11 Tech Tuesday – Projection Mapping

Architectural projection mapping is the latest passing fad.. or is it.

For the last couple of years we have seen buildings and other physical spaces projection mapped for art, advertising, performance, etc. Architectural Projection mapping is where media is projected on a three dimensional surface and the warping that would occur is corrected for. Projection mapping tends to play with the actual architecture letting it do things that it can’t and telling stories across its surface. Usually these look much better in recorded video than in real life because our eyes are better at dynamic range and therefor there is much better contrast in video.

There are a number of tools which people use to create projection mapping:

Touch Designer is a pretty powerful visual programming environment that does very high resolution media and deals with edge blending. There is a free version to play with and it supports a certain amount of interactivity.

Traditional digital signage a display playback systems like Dataton Watchout, and Pandora Coolux support it.

Some VJ tools are starting to support projection mapping like Arkaos or this custom set of tools by Miguel Espada

There are a number of 3D scanning and projection mapping combined systems like Mapamok, here is some work with a kinnect and 3d projection

Keep your eye on Mocap.. lets see what they bring

There are many more and I will keep updating.

Check out the examples of projection mapping below

A chapel turned into a musical instrument

Archifon I. – Interactive Installation from the macula on Vimeo.

The stills on this church are nice, the video doesn’t quite cut it for me


Here is a novel mapping done on the human face in an ad by Samsung

Ralph Lauren Does a projection mapped runway show in 3 cities.

The Official Ralph Lauren 4D Experience – New York from Ralph Lauren on Vimeo.

Here is a financial times Ad campaign in grand Central Station

A moving projection map of a Tiger running through Paris

Golden Tiger from le3paris on Vimeo.

Projection Mapping with moving arduino driven geometric shapes

An art installation with projection on a topographic surface

EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL from Joanie Lemercier (AntiVJ) on Vimeo.

Obscura Digital, one of the more known projection mapping companies did this simple cube projection

CO2 Cube from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.

Chevy did this interactive promotional projection mapping in LA where the users controlled the claw

An interactive pinball game projection mapped on a theater

A masque projection done by Obscura Digital

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Projections from Obscura Digital on Vimeo.

A projection mapped garden

STEREOSCOPIC 3D MAPPING // STEP 01 from Apparati Effimeri on Vimeo.

A beautiful projection for Amon Tobin’s ISAM tour done by VSquared Labs using Touch Designer

Amon Tobin – ‘Amon Tobin’ Boxset / ISAM Live 2012 from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

Sony’s projection mapped room immersive movie Experience

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