Projection mapping today tends towards the large-scale spectacle. ‘A tale on textile – The colony‘ explores projection mapping on textile. It is a collaborative work that shows the subtle beauty projection mapping can lend to small-scale objects and interactions. Combining the textural surfaces of a textile sculpture and subtle video projection creates a fascinating opportunity for narrative. The work was a collaboration between Joshuah Howard, Lorenz Potthast, Jonas Wiese, and Svenja Keune. The ten-minute mapped video loop uses light and sound to give a sense of organic life to an inanimate object whose surface already evokes a sense of texture and touch.
Over different phases the narrative story wins presence and space. The content is no classical animation, but more a play with potential properties, behaviors and processes. In exchange with the materiality and structure of the sculpture the textile and the projection merge together into an convincing staging which can be arranged performative but also interactive.
“A tale on textile” explores the possibilites of textile surfaces with a dynamic content. A particular potential lies in the material properties in terms of light permeability and impermeability, color brilliance, as well as the tactile qualities. In the collaborative work between textile and virtual surface emerged new possibilites and approaches to support, but also to disrupt the other field. Whether as installation, interface or media room elements: Textile surfaces with media content are opening total new perspectives.