Projection Instruments

Since 2007, I have been working on a variety of instruments and vehicles for participatory and interactive projection performance.  This instruments focus on live-camera feeds and drawings as inputs, and are mobile/portable and battery powered.  They include tricycles, bikes, carts, cases, baskets, tables and more.  The bulk of this work is described and analyzed in my book A Manual for Urban Projection.

Projection Instruments

  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Urban projection, Instruments
  • Description

    In 2007, I founded an urban projection collective named MAW  in Minneapolis.  Over the following five years, MAW performed several hundred outdoor projection performances throughout the country and abroad.  In creating these events, we created a range of mobile instruments for participatory projection events; they included mobile projection bikes, tricycles, trailers, baskets and backpacks, as well as mobile video capture instruments for gathering drawings and mugshots. While the contents and the venues for these performances varied a great deal, this practice maintained a consistent commitment to creating participatory contexts for creative play in public spaces by leveraging accessible and intuitive interfaces for collaborative content creation in real-time.

    Together with Stephanie Sherman, I put together a book (A Manual for Urban Projection) to share our lessons learned from years of urban public projection work.

  • Acknowledgements

    The follow research assistants helped build these instruments:

    • Andrea Steudel
    • Drew Anderson
    • Sinan Goknur
    • Davie Steinman
    • Claire Hentschker
    • Zach Rispoli

    This work was sponsored by: