Quadratura Lecture at UCA

February 17th, 2010

We were delighted to be asked by the University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham, to give a lecture about the work we do to students studying animation.

Alex May spoke for almost two hours on a wide range of topics and a few of the projects we have undertaken.

Monotone Symphony

January 14th, 2010

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Yves Klein’s Monotone Symphony and Anthropometries of the Blue Period in March, 1960, Quadratura and GV Art present a new performance utilising the latest in interactive video projection and sound design technology.

The performance will be at the GV Art Gallery on March 1st. For more details and to buy tickets please click here

Snow at Selfridges

December 3rd, 2009

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Pedlars commissioned us to create an interactive projection of falling snow at their Christmas tree concession at Selfridges in Oxford Street. The shop is open from the 3rd to the 24th of December.

Our latest Interactive offerings

November 10th, 2009

We showcased our latest developments in interactive video projection at The Drawing Room in Notting Hill. You can watch examples from the evening on the videos below and for more details on the installations have a look here

Video Street Art – Photos & Video

August 18th, 2009

In the dying hours Monday 17th August 2009, Quadratura set out into the dark streets of London for an entirely different kind of public performance that would see graffiti artists Banksy and codefc, as unwitting collaborators.

Using PatchBox, our custom video mapping software, we were able to literally draw layers of video onto the existing architecture without worrying too much about projector placement.  We then used PaintBox and a graphics tablet to mask out and colour in, the graffiti; all in real-time.

“Our aim is not to comment on the legality of graffiti; we respect the artists involved and wanted to enhance and animate these existing works using the tools and techniques at our disposal to create a completely different vision and play around with their original meaning”, says Alex May.

“We explored the ideas of reactivating static street art in our ‘Statues Alive’ event last year, where familiarity with art that you perhaps pass by every day lessens its impact. By using video projection we can show these works in a new way and re-energise them”, adds Martin A. Smith.

Signing off the night’s activities, Quadratura took the opportunity to project the somewhat ambiguous statement “No Graffiti/No Problems” on the ‘ungraffitiable’ wall under the Westway on Portobello Road.

Video to follow later today.

Video Street Art in London

August 17th, 2009

Destination LondonAfter several months of planning, Quadratura will be hitting the streets of London late tonight armed with a van load of men, video projectors, laptops, cameras, and mischief in mind.

Utilising our unique video mapping system we will be visiting six undisclosed locations and creating a series of video compositions projected onto the unsuspecting architecture.

Speed is all important if we’re to succeed without drawing too much attention to ourselves, and this is where our software tools come into their own, being able to map video to the architecture within seconds, combined with drawing light freehand with a graphics tablet.

We’ll be posting up images and video later in the week but you can follow our progress live on Twitter and see the works as we complete them between 10pm and 2am.

Mick Jones Rock ‘n’ Roll Public Library

July 17th, 2009

Mick Jones' Rock and Roll Library

Mick Jones' Rock and Roll Library

Quadratura were at the private launch of Mick Jones’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Public Library on the 15th July 2009, taking care of the video projections.

MICK JONES ROCK N ROLL PUBLIC LIBRARY:
2 ACKLAM ROAD, Portobello Green,
London, W10 5XL
(Ladbroke Grove Underground)
18th July to 25th August 2009,
11am-7pm. Wednesday-Sunday

Chasing Shadows: Video

May 21st, 2009

An original audio/visual composition by Alex May and Martin A. Smith interpreting the Art of Sally McKay. Commissioned by the GV Art gallery, this film is part of the “Chasing Shadows” exhibition running from 14th May to 20th June 2009 (Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 4pm)

http://www.gvart.co.uk

Quadratura News – 7th May 2009

May 7th, 2009

Animation Decathlon

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It’s been a little under 7 weeks since the Animation Decathlon took place at Kensington & Chelsea town hall, and work continues on the project.

Sometime in the next week or two will see the release of a short documentary about the project with interviews with the principle people involved and footage of the event.

Following that will be a ‘making of’ documentary where we go into the process, technicalities, and challenges we faced bringing the project to fruition.

We’re also building a touring installation version of the game that will be sent around schools, and we’ll also be giving talks about the project.

There are also discussions taking place about staging other Animation Decathlon’s in a couple of interesting places!

http://www.animationdecathlon.org/

Chasing Shadows

Quadratura has been commissioned to create an audio/video art piece based on the artwork of Sally McKay that will be on show alongside her paintings, drawings, and sculpture at the GV Art gallery in London.

“Sally draws the human form, creating life-affirming and dynamic drawings, paintings, sculpture and etchings. Unlike artists working from a static model, Sally actively seeks to represent figures in motion using dance as her stimulus.”

14th May to 20th June 2009
Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 4pm

http://www.gvart.co.uk/viewings.htm

Interactive Cafe Installation

Quadratura has also been commissioned to create a highly interactive and immersive audio/video art installation as part of the renovation of The Big Fish Cafe in Hove Lagoon.

The cafe is in the process of being transformed into a vegan establishment by new owner Heather Mills.

Our installation aims to be accessible and playful for visitors of all ages, further exploring our interests in architectural video mapping techniques and physical and psychological interactivity.

Almost Grown?

birthday-cakeQuadratura is going to be 1 year old this month!  While the global economic turmoil rages on, we find our fears  going into 2009 of nurturing our young company through such turgid times somewhat allayed.  While we can’t quite yet stretch to having Bentley’s as the company fleet, we’re very busy working on commissions and are in discussions and writing proposals for projects as far ahead as Christmas 2010 and beyond.

We couldn’t have achieved so much in our first year without the help and support (and commissions!) from the people we have had the pleasure of working with.  Thank you, you know who you are!

Kaidan Ghost Story Video

April 21st, 2009

If you were not one of the 800 people who turned up last year to see our Kaidan Ghost Story event, or would just like a reminder, we have this video of a walk around the main part of the installation, recorded by Zoe Snell.  It’s filmed on a phone, so the quality isn’t all it could be, but it captures the flow quite well.