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TEXAS BIG FACE: GRAFFITI RESEARCH LAB BACK AGAIN by Marauder

TEXAS BIG FACE: GRAFFITI RESEARCH LAB BACK AGAIN

Graffiti Research Lab is a group of pranksters, graffiti writers and hackers devoted to having fun in public. One part mayhem mixed with a side of interactive art installation. You may remember them from their work with LED Throwiesor their graffiti laser tag which projects graffiti onto buildings.

For this edition, GRL Houston brings us Texas Big Face, the projection of a person’s face onto a piece of sculpture or even another person’s body to transform that object into a piece of interactive art. In short, hella cool.

Kirk Moreno and David Sutherland from GRL Houston sought out artist David Adickes, a Texas sculptor, known for his all-sculptures. All-white makes the perfect backdrop for a piece of interactive projection.

In this video, Sutherland and Adickes present the project and give a how-to instructional for those wanting to build one at home.

I’ve noticed that there is no GRL LA. Here’s a how to on building a GRL in your city. Head’s up LA!


The Links:

Graffiti Research Lab

GRL Houston

David Adickes

GRL HOUSTON

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SXSW KEYNOTE: JAMES POWDERLY GETS DOWN WITH LED’S by Marauder

SXSW KEYNOTE: JAMES POWDERLY GETS DOWN WITH LED’S

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LED Throwie: a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together.

Today James Powderly spoke to the geek-fabulous crowd at SXSW in Austin.  Powderly is an artist and technology maven who co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab in coordination with Evan Roth.  The mission of the Graffiti Research Lab is to empower artists with open source technology to allow them to communicate in urban settings to the degree that advertisers are enabled.

Powderly’s first request of the crowd at SXSW: he wanted the crowd to flick him off and took a picture from on-stage.  Talk about crowd sourcing…  This one act set the stage for the interview to follow and the Graffiti Research Lab’s body of work.

The LED Throwie above represents one of the Graffiti Research Lab’s earliest works.  The packaged lights can be thrown on surfaces creating an illuminated night-time vision.  Click here or on the image above to see video of the LED throwies in action.  For another example, click the LED Bombing image below.

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L.A.S.E.R TAG

The GRL’s latest technology L.A.S.E.R tag utilizes digital projection to enable graffiti artists’ a much larger canvas to create on.  The image below was created on a recent trip to Tokyo.

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Here’s how it works.  A projector hooked to a computer with custom built software by Theo Watson reads the green light of the laser point via an attached camera.  Wherever that camera detects the green laser pointer, it updates the projector with a white pixel stylizing the final effect to look like dripping paint.  The software is open source allowing for other artists to build on these effects adding their own signature features.

H$NG K$NG

Most amazing to me is the project they pulled off in Hong Kong.  I used to think that New York City rocked the most amazing night-time city view worldwide… until I visited Hong Kong a few years ago.

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Photo Credit: remz-zero

This shot above was taken from Kowloon overlooking Hong Kong Island.  The building at the far left consisting of ascending lit triangles is the Bank of China designed by I.M. Pei.

For this remarkable project pulled off by the GRL in coordination with MC Yan, laser tag technology was used from 1,200 meters away on Hong Kong Island.  MC Yan projected an image onto the Hong Kong Cultural Museum in Kowloon.  This is the farthest distance the technology has ever successfully been used.  Click here or on the image below to check out video of the project.

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Powderly describes himself as a magician teaching other artists his tricks.  Back in the day, graffiti artists would tag NYC subway trains as a way of spreading their message from the Bronx to Brooklyn.  Now, the Graffiti Research Lab allows a whole new level of trickery to engage artists ways previously unimaginable.

As a laser tag parting gift, I leave you with the GRL’s latest collaboration: the music video The Hardest from AZ (featuring Styles P & Large Professor).

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