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This is how a fourth-dimensional being might see table tennis.

by Emerson Rosenthal
May 8 2015, 11:00pm

Images courtesy the artist

If you can imagine playing a game of table tennis under a strobe light that could freeze time in incremental layers, you might be able to imagine what it's like to witness Trajectories 2, curated by Massivart, a projection-mapped installation created by artist and director Greg Barth, with sound design by Vittorio Giampietro, and build and logistics by Max Halstead. Pieced together for Festival Chromatic 2015 at Paris' La cite Mode et Design, the piece features 15 ping pong paddles—and a Dick's Sporting Goods-worth of yellow, orange, red, and blue ping pong balls—suspended in midair as if one of Kurt Vonnegut's fourth-dimensional beings was watching a volley. But the real magic happens when you turn the lights down, and the projector up:

"Using my trajectories technique that consists of freezing a series of actions in time physically before animating each object sequentially through projection mapping," Barth explains, "opposing players dialogue through a series of racket exchanges that intensifies to the point of no return." The result is a high-intensity installation experience that both gives the impression of a match being played as well as a real-life 2D animation, what Barth calls "a delicate hommage to time, evocative of our memories and our contemporary anxiety, or how we choose to subdue ourselves to it's relentless rhythm." 

Watch Trajectories 2 in action below, click here to check out the original Trajectories video, and visit Greg Barth's website for more from the artist. 


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