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#4 Artist Interview: JEANNE ANGEL

MadMapper: Tell us about yourself?

Jeanne: I’ve been making X media for about 16 years (X = web, graphic, digital, video, interactive, multi, trans, creative, etc.) I got my first job as a Web Designer in High School, and I think I’ve always been on this path; of playing and making things with visual and digital mediums, and working with technology. I fell in love with projectors in college, and started VJing and making visuals at parties and collaborating with other artists that I met, who were also always making or performing with visuals or sound. I’m thankful for all the amazing people I’ve met over the years who inspire and challenge me to keep making. I’ve been working as a hands-on producer of exhibit media at NYHS for 3.5 years, and I’ve found it super rewarding and have learned a lot about developing the narrative.

M: What do you listen when you are working?

J: I’m currently listening to Frou Frou’s Let Go Pandora station – but I don’t get a whole lot of time to wear headphones at work!

M: Tell us about your project?

J: We wanted something that would be large and impressive for the concluding section of the Silicon City exhibit, which explores the resurgence of New York as a center of digital dynamism. We wanted a way to include all the startups, schools, incubators, professionals, innovators, etc. in our story about computer history, which led us to imagine creating a dense map that would highlight all the tech innovation that is happening citywide. We came across other maps in our research, such as digital.nyc, and decided to take a more immersive approach and create an animated 3D environment. I have a background in doing multichannel video installations and have always been a big fan of CHiKA, and have always wanted to do a complex projection mapping project, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to bring all of that together!

Project Team

Production Hardware

  • 2014 3.5 GHz 6-Core Mac Pro
  • 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
  • 64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC
  • AMD FirePro D700 6144 MB

Production Software

  • Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Fuse & Mixamo
  • Cinema 4D
  • MadMapper

Installation Hardware

  • 4 x Panasonic PT-DZ680
  • 4 x Brightsign XD

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M: What was your most challenging moment in this project?

J: There were so many aspects of this project that were challenging, but if I had to pick one, I guess it would be that in the 11th hour I made the unfortunate discovery that H264 videos have a max resolution. So in the middle of the night, I partitioned my drive, installed El Capitan & MadMapper & the Hap codecs, and had to roll out a whole new output setup. If it weren’t for the work of founders of the syphon, Anton & Tom in developing the HAP codec, and the optimizations El Capitan has incorporated in utilizing GPU resources, our final output would have been stuck with PhotoJPG @ 15fps, which would have been a huge bummer. We got through that one, and with 30fps! Thank goodness!

M: Why did you use MadMapper?

J: It was a cost effective option for a great community of people involved with it. Having played with it on several projects before, and having done the MAPPATHON workshop, it seemed like a fun challenge to use it on a large scale, 3D, fixed, multi-channel installation project.

M: Any request to MadMapper?

J: I’d love to learn more about how to correctly import 3D models, as we weren’t able to get that workflow working. It would also be great if you could sync playback of multiple video files, so that when you’re creating installations you could use multiple files on your surfaces and maintain sync. As a fixed installation production tool, it would be awesome if there was a version that could render your output as a video file. Seems like miniMAD might be a useful instrument for this, but wondering if that would work for a multi-channel environment.

M: What is next for you?

J: 2016 will be a fun year! I’m looking forward to developing an art project with the amazing Adelle Lin for Creative Tech Week. I have a few other projects out there in the ether, but I don’t want to jinx anything yet!

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