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meso-V+W Memory Room

A Video Billard for Vogt + Weizenegger

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For the exhibition "V+W_Design Matrix" at the shiny new MARTa Museum of Modern Art in Herford, Germany, celebrated design duo Vogt & Weizenegger sought a way of presenting their vast video archives to the public without being too sober. In a few quick one-on-one rounds of napkin sketches with Oliver & Hermann we came up with the video billard concept: One large table to play a special kind of pool billard on. Giving the user both effortless data mining powers as well as a confusing variety of unexpected interactions (both with man + machine), the Memory Room billard table is a conversation piece that brings it own conversations with it.

Design Matrix is the first big solo show for Vogt & Weizenegger, showcasing most of their previous works upon the invitiation of former documenta curator Jan Hoet, now director of this spectacular Gehry-built "Museum/Zentrum/Forum".
Among the piles of artifacts to be exhibited were 300+ hours of videotape, gathered by manic cameraman Oliver Vogt - a charming melange of home video, professional works, and project documentation. In their native DV format, a total of 3 terabytes of data. Obviously, no one would want to show these in a traditional screening.

The Memory Room Billard works by layers of analogies: Some of the balls represent objects in virtual space, some are modifiers for filters, others trigger special effects. Once you know the rules, you can actually deliver quite well-controlled video compositions. However, it doesn't hurt if you don't care. The output will still be entertaining.

Quick how-to:
White ball is the camera.
Blue, Red and Yellow are video windows.

  • move these balls and your composition will change. zoom in by approaching he white to one of the others.

Pink is the audio ball. Like an ear held to a tv, it defines the mix of sounds you get from the three concurrent video streams by its position within their triangle.
Turqoise triggers effects and filters. Place it either on the hexagons to trigger a selection of visual effects, or put it on the 'brain schematic' to filter your selection of clips to a specific subject.
Green is the timeline / a-z control. Roll it along the length of the table to choose the year of your selection. Move it across the shorter length to go from a-z among the clips of one year. Dump it in the hole to clear the filter and yield any random pick of videos instead.

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Tracking of the billard balls is done via an overhead camera, so to avoid visual confusion and to add a dash of style, players are invited to wear black gloves with their black cues.

meso team (2/3 of as pictured above):
Max Wolf, Sebastian Oschatz, Thomas Hitthaler, Marc Sandner, David Dessens, Tobias Teickner

(4x60 secs exposure. click for the slightly larger version)

The so called "Berliner Nacht" was the opening event. Rounded off by some VJing of the developers themselves,
Thomas Hitthaler (a.k.a. AMPOP) and David Dessens (a.k.a. SANCH)

All images & Video:
At the vernissage of the exhibition "v+w design matrix" at the MartA Museum, Herford, Germany, March 25th 2006.
(c)redits: max wolf

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~16h ago

joreg: @eglod: if not, we're doing something wrong... but did you check any of the other timeline options? animation

~17h ago

andresc4: Sometimes people finalize a project and can donate a good amount that month, but nobody knows what will happen on the next one :D

~17h ago

andresc4: @vux as @eno say, I think a 1 time payment of any given value its a good option also

~18h ago

ggml: where id the vl search algorythm implementation discussion?

~18h ago

eglod: @ catweasel, o.k. may be, I have to learn vl. Thank You catweasel! Is this possible with 84 years, what think You?

~20h ago

catweasel: I guess part of the issue, is payment is $ which means transaction fees on every payement will add up!

~22h ago

u7angel: @eno, it is a hassle for us too but its worth it i think.

~22h ago

eno: @vux @u7angel, of course, but an annual fee would be much more convenient for the accounting.

~1d ago

u7angel: @eno, the idea is to generate a steady income to motivate continious development.