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Voice-Controlled Interactive Projection Mapping

1024 Architecture use the voice commands of the public to distort the visuals being projected.
January 19, 2011, 5:10pm

Could it be that projection mapping is evolving? After yesterday’s post about Lumpens using Seoul’s National Assembly Building as a canvas to cater to his visuals rather than his visuals catering to the building, audio-visual duo 1024 Architecture have now added audience participation for their interactive projection mapping piece, Perspective Lyrique, which took place at the Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon for the Festival of Lights back in December.

While still looking spectacular, the visuals themselves start off playing it relatively safe, twisting the exterior of the building so it appears to come alive and dance in time with the music, stretching and mutating—but then it settles on a giant hollow-eyed, gaping-mouthed face and this is where proceedings get turned up to eleven. Because what elevates this to another level for architectural mapping is the audience get to control the face’s morphing expressions in real-time using their voice. They make noises into a specially set up microphone and using an audio analysis algorithm those sounds get translated into visual distortions projected onto the facade of this grand old building, making for an instantaneous and wonderfully personal interaction.

We’re glad to see 2010’s biggest fad start to push the boundaries a little by integrating some new ideas.