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#13 Artist Interview: VJ Eletroiman

 “Madmapper changed the way that we were making mappings, things get easier.”

By VJ Eletroiman

MadMapper: Tell us about yourself?
VJ Eletroiman: Hi, my name is Ricardo Cançado, aka VJ Eletroiman, and since 2000 I am working with VJing,  stage design, audiovisual performance and in the last years I was dedicated to Video-Mapping techniques.

Since the beginning of 2003, I am developing a Live AV called Representa Corisco. This project was based on an imagery inspired by the Brazilian popular culture and it explores political and social issues through the iconography of the “cangaço” movement and one of its characters: Corisco. After so many years developing this project, now I present a 45 minutes performance with animations that mix video with other techniques including photography, drawing, 3D, and 2D animation.

In addition to my artistic work, I am the director of the Festival Visual Brasil, and the coordinator of the Videoteka Project I also collaborated with the collectives: TELENOIKA, and United VJs

I participated in a lot of festivals around the world, and I won many prizes.

  • First place at the VJ Contest at the Mapping Festival 2014
  • 2nd place at Art Vision VJING COMPETITION.
  • The Moscow International Festival «Circle of light» 2015

Nine times the first price at the VJ Torna (the world VJ championship ).

  • VJ TORNA Istanbul 2014
  • LPM Cape Town 2013
  • LPM Rome 2013 
  • LPM MEXICO 2013 
  • LPM Rome 2011 
  • Minsk 2011 
  • Budapest 

M: Who and what was an influence to become an artist?
VJ: The first impacts of my work was in my childhood. My mother and my aunt worked for Fine Arts and Painting. Living in this environment gave me a first stimulus for the visual world.  The option of working with audiovisual and art came later; I studied Fine Arts and Cinema, and those two disciplines gave me an interesting view of how I can use iconic images and audiovisual narratives.

In the Cine school, I met the work of the director Glauber Rocha and the movie ”Deus e Diabo na Terra do Sol”, a reference to my project Representa Corisco. And another influence to become an artist was the work of the artist Helio Oiticica. His work “Quase-Cinema” and his concepts of expanding cinema gave me a new perspective about video and space.

M: What do you listen when you are working?
VJ: When I ‘m working, I try to listen to relaxing music like jazz, black music, Brazilian popular music. For audiovisual projects, I try to collaborate with artists and musicians that I know, for example in my previous works I worked with Filastine and Territorio Comanche.

M: If you have a stage name, how you did came up with it?
VJ: My artistic name is Vj Eletroiman. The name “Eletroiman” conveys the idea of an electromagnet and the concept of convergence and attraction. Originally, my goal as a VJ was to use several techniques to produce a hybrid video language. When I started, in 2000, I was studying Fine Arts and experimenting with painting animation, engraving, illustration and photography. And I use all the techniques to make animations.

M: Why are you using MadMapper?
VJ: I use Madmapper since the beta version that we try in the VJ Torna 2010 in Budapest. At that moment Madmapper changed the way that we were making mappings, things get easier. Now, I still use and also teach how to use it because I believe that it is the most efficient software to project mappings, the warping tool, the multi-projection interface is very practical, and the software is very stable during the events and shows.

M: What do you like about MadMapper and MadMapper? 
VJ: I use Modul8 for my live AV, Vjing sessions and with the Madmapper I can make live AV mappings. I’ve been working with Modul8 a long time because it’s very easy and fast software. At the beginning of VJ I tried different software but we got problems with resolution, we had to work with 320×240 pixels at that time and changing to Modul8 we could use pal or NTSC resolution, was a significant change.

In the last five years, I’ve worked in a lot of different mapping projects, and it is very hard to choose one that can illustrate the kind of work I develop. Usually, I can divide my mappings into two different types; one is more artistic, the other is conceptual possibilities to explore the mapping narrative and others more commercials which I have to create videos with a strict goal.

M: Tell us about your projects?
VJ: To show one of my artistic projects I chose one that I created for the ART VISION Festival in Moscow,  part of The Moscow International Festival «Circle of light» 2015. In the VJING COMPETITION was 15 artists participating, some of the worldwide recognized like Sila Sveta for example, the quality of the works of the competitors presented was excellent. In this occasion, I won second place with the live AV mapping that I created using the concepts of my Representa Corisco Project.

The second project that I was proud to be part of it was the Synchrocyclotron 3D video mapping at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. The Synchrocyclotron was a machine built in 1957, was CERN’s first accelerator. It provided beams for CERN’s first experiments in particle and nuclear physics.

In this installation, the public was invited to travel into the past, back to the beginning of physics research at CERN and through the history of the Synchrocyclotron, operated from 1957 to 1990. A 3D projection explains its operation and explores the rich history of CERN.

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For this project we had a very challenging goal: make a permanent installation with a 3D-mapping on the CERN’s scientific instrument describing how it worked and brought the machine back to life. For that, we had to develop a very scientific and technical script to explain step by step the functioning of this first proton accelerator.

Another difficult point of this project was that the machine’s surface was very uniform and therefore tough to find a projection space to communicate the messages that the script was proposing.

In this project, I was the Mapping Coordinator, and I could work together with experienced professionals:

Credit & Team:
AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTION AND EXECUTION
Executive Director: Ricard Galindo
Production Director:  Laura Ferrer
Project Manager and Content: Henriette Martinez
Screenwriter: Gemma Adell
Wall screen Director: Albert Martinez “Miku” and Henriette Martinez
Video Mapping Director: Henriette Martinez
Coordination and supervision of 3d mapping processes: Ricardo Cançado
Assistant Director and Production: Oliver Diego
Documentation:  Agata Olivella and Oliver Diego

Wall screen, Motion graphics & 3D:
Federico Carra, Albert Martinez “El miku”, Roger Roca, Roger Amat, Edición, Albert Martinez “El miku”, Diego Oliver, Henriette Martinez

Mapping, Motion graphics & 3D:
Ricardo Cançado, Miki Arregui, Edición, Diego Oliver, Henriette Martinez

AUDIO
Sound Studio: Polart DS
5.1: Raimon Rifé
Music: Jordi Dalmau

TECHNICAL ADJUSTMENTS: 3D MAPPING AND MODELLING TELESONIC:
Mikel Eguren, Gorka Bilbao Taka De Aymerich

EIKONOS:
Layout templates and 3D modeling: Ricardo Cançado
Layout templates: Omar Álvarez
Monitoring and testings contents: Henriette Martinez

Softwares:
Madmapper, modul8, watchout
After Effects, Cinema 4d, Final Cut

The visit to the Synchrocyclotron installation is open to the public.

M: Any funny story or any challenging moment in this project?
VJ: I love to make a live audiovisual presentation because you can take a new decision in real time, changing your video mapping narrative and working with improvisation and unexpected problems. One difficult moment that I had to solve unexpected problems happened in the Art Vision VIJING COMPETITION 2015. I was in the middle of my live AV, and I had problems with the audio of my presentation. The festival had problems with the sound setup, and I had to finish my live AV set with the audio from my laptop. Because of this issue, the jury of the festival, big names of the live AV scene as ROMAIN TARDY (AntiVJ), GRAHAM DANIELS (ADDICTIVE TV) and BORIS Edelstein came closer to my computer and followed my live performance.

The result of this presentation was positive, with creativity and positive energy we solve all the problems, and I could finish my audiovisual set.  The public and jury liked the work presented, and I won the second prize at the festival.

M: Tell us about your collective, Telenoika?
VJ: The realization of mapping projects is a complex experience, that’s why we have to work with interdisciplinary teams. Another important point of my career is the collaboration with other groups, artists, collectives, such as United VJs, VJ Vigas, Telenoika and companies like Eikonos. With the collective, Telenoika, we made several mapping at different festivals such as Signal Festival 2013 in Prague.

This year with the collective, United VJs, we did a projection mapping to the Opening of Peñarol’s Stadium in Montevideo. It was an event with 4 hours of activities that mixed video mapping, lights, music, and various artistic performances.

With VJ Vigas, we did a lot of activities together: Festival Eletronika, “Rio dos meus olhos” 450 years Rio de Janeiro birthday event, visuals for Ivete Sangalo’s Concert, etc..

With the company Eikonos, I’ve developed visuals contents and mapping’s technical solutions for advertising: Adidas, Estrella Damm, ACB Basketball League, Moto GP and others.

M: What is next for you?
VJ: Here in Telenoika, every year we propose an annual project which we try to think about new possibilities in the video and visual arts community.  For the 2016 project, we are focused on immersive video and immersive experiences. We develop an Open Lab to investigate those concepts applied on real projects; we like to generate experiences and performances that combine different medias as a full dome, Leds, and stereoscope mapping.

M: Have you ever use our miniMAD?
VJ: Yes, I’ve tried the miniMAD in museum’s installations and mappings, it is a very nice and cheap video mapping device. I also use it in my classes that I teach in Telenoika, in the CIFO, and the Punt Multimedia, all the students likes it.

M: Any request to MadMapper?
VJ: Here in Barcelona, every year we make a mapping contest in Visual Sound Festival, and for this year we created a structure of triangles for the competitors.

https://vimeo.com/160096488"

And for this occasion, I missed a mesh warping tool to make the warping on the triangles.
And the other request for MadMapper is about the miniMAD; I would like to test the miniMAD for multi projections mapping. 🙂

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