Saturday, April 13, 2013

Projector Tec Demo

For this Demonstration I will be using the following two projectors:

1. Optoma Pico Projector

"Easily portable. Good range of connections. Minimal rainbow effect. Long-lasting LED light source. Can run computer-free presentations from internal or external memory."
Optoma PK320 Pico Pocket Projector

2. BenQ PB8250 Projector

"The BenQ PB8250 projector is out-of-production." However, it is a typical projector and most projectors will work the exact same way, same cords and similar menu options.


VGA Projector cord will hook up to a computer or laptop, and a RGB Component cord will work with a DVD player or PS3 console.

VGA Projector (left) or RGB Component (Left)

VGA does not have audio capabilities. For that you would need a DVI cord connected to an HDMI.
DVI (top) connected to HDMI (bottom)

The Pico uses an Optoma Universal (24pin) (instead of a VGA on both ends) to VGA 0.5 m f/ PK201/PK301; it is a rather long name for a short (19.7"/50 m) cable.

VGA Projector (Left) to Optoma Universal (24pin) (right)

"Optoma makes these great little projectors, among them the PK201 and the PK301. Optoma calls them Pico Projectors. They're so small there isn't enough space to fit all of the different input and output connectors you might need. So Optoma engineers created what they dubbed a Universal 24 pin I/O connector. Now they can go crazy creating all sorts of cables to meet your needs. One end plugs into the Universal connector and the other end can have whatever plug or plugs you need.

In this case the "other end" contains a standard VGA connector. So this short cable with the long name allows you to pump VGA computer video into your PK201 or PK301 Pico Projector."


Friday, April 12, 2013

Video Art II Compilation

Audio & Video Works:

Cold Industrial
Cold Industrial Music
Queen Kong
                     Curious Danger
Meghan and Herself
Liquid Color Compilation
Flickering Moments
                     A See of Color Compilation

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                     R_69 (2013)
                     Monster Movie (2005)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pipilotti Rist

Birth name Elisabeth Charlotte Rist

Pipilotti was a nickname given to her when she was a child, the name is from the novel Pippi Longstocking

Born June 21, 1962 in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley, Switzerland (currently age 51)

She lives with her common law partner Balz Roth. They have a son, named Himalaya. Since 2004, she Lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland.

As an artist She works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections.

She studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna, until 1986. Then later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland.

From 1988 through 1994, she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines Prochaines.  

From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member.

From 2005 to 2009 she worked on her first feature film, Pepperminta

Some other popular works include:
I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986)
Sip My Ocean (1996)
Open My Glade (2000)

Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and the US. She has won many prizes between 1987 and 2010, including the Joan Mirò Prize in 2009.

Arts task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices.

As previously mentioned in my proposal for A See of Color, Pipilotti Rist's artwork will be influencing this project. Her Installations, Ever is Over All (1997) and Sip My Ocean (1996), both have qualities which I am pulling from; mostly the sense of environment she creates for the viewer, and a similar technical setup with projectors.

Ever is Over All(1997)
Pipilotti Rist
Audio Video Installation

Sip My Ocean (1996)
Pipilotti Rist
Audio Video Installation
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Friday, April 5, 2013

A See of Color

For this final project I will be creating a multi-channel installation, titled A See of Color. It will include two projectors overlapping each half of the others screens. The first of the projector images will be displayed on the corner of two walls, similar to Pipilotti Rist's Ever is All Over. The projected images will extend from floor to ceiling as to immerse the viewer into the created environment. Technically, I have not had much experience with projectors, and the experience I did have did not produce positive results. Therefore, with this project I will be exploring the use of projectors and how they can be used in a unique way to give a different feeling to the visual experience of the viewer.

The viewer will see an imagined environment created by the combination of the two projector's videos. One of the videos will be a mesh of moving and exploding color, while the second video will be created from still images that have been taken from a website that I designed about color (  The second video will be the physical content and the first video with the color will represent the deeper aspect of the first. Overall, the combination of the videos will create an imagined environment that will transport the viewer into a new space.

See of Color Compilation (2013)
Loop, 13:39.20
Multi-Channel Video Compilation

Monday, April 1, 2013

Flickering Moments

Flickering Moments (2013)
Meghan O’Bryan
60 second shot video

flick·er  (flkr)
v. flick·ered, flick·er·ing, flick·ers

1. To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
2. To burn unsteadily or fitfully.

To cause to move waveringly.
1. A brief movement; a tremor.
2. An inconstant or wavering light.
3. A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.
4. Slang A movie.

[Middle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.]


In this video I wanted to explore the relationship between water, fire, and reflecting light. There are multiple candles which are spaced between varying sizes of glass bowls and glasses which are full of water. An overhead fan is on full speed which is affecting the flames and causing greater movement in flickering light and its reflection off of the glass and water.  The fast movement of the flames, the slight movement of the hand held camera, and the angle of the footage being turned on its side causes tension and some irritation to the viewer. The sound in the video is of the fan, which is a sort of dull white noise. This video would also do well as a loop without the title and end credits.

There were no edits done to this video, which I found difficult because of how different it is from what I usually do with video. I normally tend to do a great deal of editing to create what I am looking for in my final piece. After watching this video a few days later, and being able to sit back an get a fresh look at the video, I would have like to work with the sound more. Perhaps getting a strong sound of the flames flickering and little to none of the fan blowing sounds. Or on a different approach, a sound environment of a temple with meditative chanting from monks would give the piece more depth and create an environment.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Liquid Color

This is my proposal for the Multi-screen Video Project.

For my project there will be three screens; two side by side smaller screens and one large screen on the opposite side of the room. The smaller screens and the larger screen will be facing each other. Specifically two computer monitors and the large main projector in the computer lab.
The subject matter is diffusion, using food coloring in a glass of water. The diffusion represents how one single idea can spread into something bigger and when ideas of many different types come together, the assortment of possibility becomes abundant.

The first two screens will have the same three glasses of water in different angles. The glasses will be in a row with the colors being yellow, red, and blue. Computer one will drop in order, one by one, and when finished computer two will continue dropping color one by one, this will then be followed with computer one reversing the color starting with yellow and continue to loop through again. Meanwhile on the projector, there will be six glasses placed in a triangular style like bowling pins; three glasses, two behind them and one behind those two. Starting on the far left front glass, yellow will be dropped, then red in the second front glass. Orange will be dropped in the second row left glass which is behind yellow and red, which make orange. This will happen again with red, blue and purple, and again with yellow, blue and green. This series will loop, while in sync with the two computer monitors.

Behind the glasses will be a green screen. For the video, there will be a diffusion like effect with a white background and black liquid substance in each screen. However the effects will vary so as not to have the same exact background in each screen. The sound will be a mixture of underwater sounds.

Below is a brainstorming diagram.

The final result was altered slightly. Below is a video of the combination of the other videos in the project.

While shooting the footage, I found that it was difficult to drop the colors in a sequence because of the varying length that the color took to diffuse. As well as when I edited the footage in Final Cut, the green screen color looked more yellow over all and when I took the green from the video, all of the colors were affected. This happened in all of the footage takes. Therefore the colors became almost neon which lead me to the decision of changing one of the video's background to black and the other to white.

From here, the majority of the video was very different from my original approach. The effects that the videos had made them feel more as though they were an imagined environment. I changed the large screen video from rows of glasses to two large bowls inside of one another to add more flow.

If I were able to do the set up different with the new type of videos, it would have been within a smaller room and the videos would be projected equally sized, floor to ceiling, on three walls. The video that was described as "larger" in the original set up would be in the center, with the two "smaller" videos on each side of the "larger" video. This would create more of an immersion feel for the viewer as though they were standing within the environment.

I also added to the environment by adding a natural underwater sound which included whale sounds. This went well with the water like feel of the liquid colors and made it seem similar to an underwater like environment perhaps on an alien planet of sorts.

Overall, the video was not as it had been originally intended, however, I feel that the final product was a more successful installment than what the proposal piece would have created.

Liquid Color Compilation (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan
Multi-Channel Video Compilation

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Portraiture Continued

Meghan O'Bryan
Loop, 0:52.00

A self portrait. In this video I was trying to create a way to show both my outward appearance as well as the make up of my mind and my positive potential. The sitter on the left represents my outward and introverted self. The sitter on the right is a reflection of myself and a representation of my inward self; the constantly blooming flowers represent my ideas and my personal growth. The space background represents the vastness and boundlessness of my mind; the sound helps to enhance this as well as show the simplicity that I strive for in the peace of my mind. The bursting, fiery color shows my creativity and will to push forward. Though my outward appearance seems bored and frigidity, in reality my mind is exploding a million miles elsewhere.