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‘Incarcerated’ is an interactive, experiential installation project created by Al Hodgson and is designed to portray political imprisonment in China, Iran and Burma, exhibited through the plight and stories of three human rights activists currently imprisoned within these countries. and the first of these exhibitions will represent imprisoned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng (China), student activist Tun Oo (Burma), and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran).


The Shoes on the Danube

The Shoes on the Danube is a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. It honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away and represents their shoes left behind on the bank.




Professional Project Idents

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Time Sculpture Video

Take a look at this progression of bullet time technique called  Time Sculpture, what do you think? I would love to create a Time Sculpture this link was shown to me by Hybrid Vision Ltd. which you also need to check out. any way please let me know what you think and if you have any hints on how to create a Time Sculpture.

Hamlet Exhibition Video Mapping Test Video

(20/07/11) Video uploaded from my mobile phone to YouTube of my third test of video mapping with Modul8 onto the boxes as you can see it still needs allot of tweaking, the video’s are not in sync with other and the position and rotation of some the video’s needs altering to make them all fit nicely together. This i will be continuing to work on though out the next few days and have one more video shoot tomorrow (21/07/11) to get the last few shots we need. Then it is time for us to start setting up the room and getting all the boxes and the projector into the positions we need and paint/re-paint the room and boxes the room will be painted black and the boxes will be re-painted white. The reason for this is to enhance the projected images and draw the audience in even more. I will make sure i keep you up to date on my progress with this project.

Hamlet video shot

(14/07/2011) Today was the day off the shot in which the lovely actress Robynne came in from London to play ophilea for the hamlet installation the shot ran very smoothy and looking back at the footage i am happy with the result it is now time to start the work in post syncing the movements from both the cameras together ready to be video mapped on to the boxes.


Hamlet Installation Art (Work Placement)

Ophelia’s Gone MAD

Continuing on from Midsummer and working with Samantha we have now begun to undertake a installation piece for the MA exhibition based upon Hamlet in which Ophelia goes mad. Now the idea for this is to send the audience into the mind of Ophelia and visual map projections of her on to different sized boxes which will represent her state of mind her sanity and innocence trapped inside. we are scheduled to film and record the voice-overs of the actress we have to play Ophelia for Thursday 14th July.

Midsummer Work placement

Now i am not whether i can count this towards towards my work placement but the Midsummer Nights Dream project i have recently completed helping out Samantha Else a MA student at AUCB certainly as been experience working with software i never used before Module 8 a piece of VJing software which allows you to visual mix images together. We used this in a live performance of Midsummer in which the projections became the fairy world in which Puck and Oberon would be for some of there lines. After initially working on getting use to the software it came to hard part getting the timings right between the live actors and the projections with next to no rehearsal time but we did mange to pull it of with a few last minute tweaks in a last minute run though but sadly during the performance one actor did fluff up his line which did affect the timings a little but lucky i did manage to pull back my timing by pausing the video feed but this still meant i was out by a second or too but overall for my first time i thought it went okay and i did learn allot for next time.

Midsummer Nights Dream (projections)

I am helping one of my fellow students at AUCB with filming and projecting of two of the actors for the Shakespeare play “Midsummer Nights Dream” and am projecting them on to two pieces cloth to symbolise the two characters shifting between worlds. Sounds simple enough but the trick is the timing and suddenly thought to myself what about using pressure mats as switches or even a Wii fit board during the performance to active the set lines and movements of the pre-recorded footage but i would ideally like the projections to be in real-time but would the projections be easier been pre-recorded so could use a Wii fit board to allow me to give more movement to both the projections and the actors by allowing me to have the actors half in projections and half in the human form shall we say, because the Wii fit detects balance and the body positions.

This does feel as if it will work in theory

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Now the only question is how to send that data to the computer and getting the computer to process it that is the really tricky part i think.