Hfour was invited by the curatorial team of Touch to create a custom projection mapping experience themed around the printed and digital word.
2013 marked the first Touch fundraiser put on by the Vancouver Public Library Foundation, with proceeds directly support the VPL’s new Inspiration Lab.
According to some sources, the VPL will soon have 3D printers, book binding services, and other communal facilities which will continue the essential qualities and utility of a library well into the 21st century. The library used to be a place where people would go to access things they couldn’t own individually. Now that book ownership is commonplace, a library doesn’t need to cater to books specifically, but can service the need for people to access equipment of non-individual ownership.
Using 5 high powered projectors, event started with classical and ancient forms being projected to transform the walls of the VPL atrium. Phoenician lettering was virtually carved into the walls; stone blocks decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphs moved, columns emerged, illuminated letters adorned walls. Collectively it created the projected illusion that the building designed by Moshe Safdie was animated and the architecture had become kinetic.
As the event progressed, the style of the video content adapted to suit the gala party atmosphere of the event. Hfour had prepared colour washes, interference patterns and digital typography thematics for the ever-evolving show. Images showed the written word throughout the centuries, from hieroglyphs to books to digital code. Colours became more vivid, the pace increased to match the music, and a more visually intense style of graphics was used.
Hfour collaborated with Adam Barlev, organic-chemist by day, geometric origami artist by night, to create a pair of tessellated geometric structures which were also used in the projection mapping installation. Hfour’s creative team was excited by the ongoing possibilities of working with geometric sculptural forms for projection based experiences.