"It's Gonna Be Alright"
A video installation documenting life in quarantine, made while in quarantine.
In a time where a stay at home quarantine is a mandated, and all hope feels at lost, I wanted to find a way to uplift our spirits and bring us together through positive shared experiences. Over the course of a week, I collected over 200 videos and photos of people's documented experiences in quarantine. With the sheer mass of positive memories, I hope to outweigh the negatives to create a bittersweet moment out of a bitter situation.
Projection mapping is a technique to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into display surfaces for images and videos to be projected onto. It is used to turn usually static spaces into dynamic, immersive spaces full of movement, dimension and optical illusions. With only a projector, some scrap foam core, and the spaces in my apartment, I wanted to take the time in quarantine to explore this new technique.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Projecting onto a surface that is not perpendicular to the direction of the projector, requires that the image that is being projected to be distorted in order for it to fit the specific surfaces of the target. Before tackling an entire installation, I did several tests leading up to the final.
Using social media and messaging, I reached out to friends, family and peers to share some of their favorite memories made while in quarantine. I also searched social media and hashtags to see how the world was coping.
Projection mapping is a quick and cost effective way to turn any static space into an exciting, immersive one. Like most of my projects, I like to make the most of unfortunate situations and turn them into a design opportunity. This was no different; I used the similar design process of identifying a problem, gathering and collecting research and iterating to create a solution. In this case I have applied a new technique and medium. In an ideal scenario, I would love viewers to walk through the hallway space, look up close to the images, and immerse themselves into the clouds. I hope that viewing this installation will uplift people.
Moving forward, I want to continue exploring projection mapping techniques and start to incorporate it more into larger design projects. Curved surfaces, utilizing multiple projectors, and back lit projector screens are all things I can explore. I would love to combine these techniques with the concepts I explored in my Tangible Interfaces project, to create an immersive, interactive world.
Did you LOVE this project? You might enjoy these too!