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, chemical physicists, cultural theorists, artists, makers, pilots, sailors and cloud appreciators.
LASER ZOOPRAXNISCOPE MKII
The analogue experiments are under way with the construction of a laser zoopraxniscope, a 16mm projector based on a projection system from the 1800s by Edweard Muybridge repurposed with a LASER light source. The image and prototypes are being developed through conversations and collaborations with cultural specialist Vladamir Struckov, the lovely people Oomlout, Ben Whitaker & Mike Nix of Leeds University School of Chemistry. Upon proof of concept and final risk assesment, I will release the designs open source upon completion of the first cloud projections planned for early 2013.
PLEASE NOTE: The laser devices 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.
LASER IMAGE PROJECTOR & BETSY
The project came about by a residency co-commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices & The Octopus Collective in 2012.
The project has received funding from Royal Society of Chemistry and the Spectroscopy & Dynamics group to further the collaboration with Leeds University Chemistry Department - Read about how the work of Edweard Muybridge provides a common language for the project.
I have been fortunate to be paired with Vlad Strukov as part of a technologist / academic creative lab run by Caper and The University of Leeds’ Cultural and Creative Exchange called Leeds Creative Labs.
Here is what we propose after our first meeting:
Whilst re discovering how the zoopraxniscope works with the scientists we came to a junction of in the experimentation, the current prototype had been designed to have two independent spinning discs in both direction and speed. From the lab experiments and conversations we had come to the following conclusions: