Dave Lynch and Mike Nix present over 3 years of research into the successful projection of moving images onto clouds from aircraft.
Their journey takes us from the initial inspiration of a US Military projection weapon through a series of prototypes developed through conversation and collaboration, pilots, scientists, makers, early cinema specialists, weapons experts, cultural theorists. artists, sailors and cloud appreciators.
All leading to a series of successful flights with the Laser Zoopraxiscope Mk6, a redesign of Edweard Muybridges’ projection technology from 1887 repurposed with a laser light source. This will be the first presentation of this project since it’s initial success in 2015, soon to debut in New Scientist Magazine.
The talk presents the experimental prototypes, tactics and techniques, alongside the highs, lows and serendipity of interdisciplinary ways of working, collaborative research and play with a view to sharing their process as a model for best practice to inspire others.
Open to all – Free / donation on admission – Please sign up for a ticket below so we know how many chairs to set up.
This talk has been made possible with support from Leeds Inspired and Arts Council England
An Exploration into Natural and Artificial Cloud Projection
Project Nimbus is the exploration of digital and analogue techniques to project moving images onto clouds from the ground, sea level and aircraft including: planes, paragliders & hot air balloons. The project aims to deliver multiple projection installations onto clouds, cooling towers, steam trains and urban vents.
The experimental projection devices fuse old and new methods developed from ubiquitous technology. The project is the realisation of 5 years research to experiment with some of the theoretical ideas and prototypes developed through conversation and collaboration with a host of contributors including a weapons expert, physicists, cultural theorists, artists, makers, pilots, sailors and cloud appreciators.
The project is part research into art/ science collaborative practice between Dave Lynch and Mike Nix.
The Laser Zoopraxiscope Mk VI, originally a projection system from the 1800s invented by Edweard Muybridge has been redesigned in collaboration with Mike Nix, The makers at Oomlout and a host of other contributors. In Feb 2014, we made our first proof of concept flight, If you are lucky enough to have the password then please watch the video below – Since then we have improved the alignment, brightness and resolution of the images and we are now ready for the final flight.
To see the journey so far visit the timeline page for a break down of the inventions and milestones which have brought us thus far or read the previous Update 4|11|13 containing news of the redesigning of the lens system in a letter to early cinema specialist, Stephen Herbert.
We are proud to say that the project has received support from the Arts Council England & Leeds Inspired to work in partnership with FACT Liverpool to review the vast 3 year archive and produce new ways to see the project including a bookwork and talk on the process of Art | Science collaboration on the 4th of July 2015.
PLEASE NOTE: The laser devices are under research and development in this project are still going under going risk assessment and must not be attempted to be created without professional help. Any attempt to do so is completely at your own risk.
Below is a Lecture from the Full of Noises Festival 2013 with Artist – Dave Lynch, Physicist – Dr. Mike Nix & Cultural Expert Dr. Vlad Strukov. We present the research so far and showcase the new lens system on the Laser Zoopraxiscope Mk 5.