BARTKRESA studio produced and conducted a 7-week of remote projection mapping workshop that artists and technicians from around the world could participate in. The studio created a projection design sculpture for this workshop, Hako. Mr. Kresa envisioned a manipulated cube shape as a simple foundation for a bright and lively character. Projection mapping transformed Hako into a dynamic art piece that showed a simple shape in new, inspired ways.
By the end of the Hako workshop completed, 9/24/2021, more than 50 participants with different backgrounds from 18 different countries took part in it.
BARTKRESA studio utilized an online video conference application as a platform to meet and connect with the workshop’s participants. The workshop was followed by 6 series of workshops, including the history of projection, Mr. Kresa’s design philosophy, template building for content, designing and animating for projections, technical preparation, and programming of the show. BARTKRESA studio prepared the course of the workshop in a way that all of the participants could collaborate - an environment where the artists with no technical backgrounds could work together with the technicians with no design backgrounds.
While Hako is a simple, manipulated, cube-shaped sculpture, the preparation of design and animation for it was challenging for the participants because many of them were used to design for a flat screen and/or architecture rather than 360-degree projected sculpture. With BARTKRESA studio’s immense experience in designing content for 360-degree projected sculptures, Mr. Kresa walked through the process of how to design for the shape of Hako.
The series of Hako remote workshops was an example of an interactive experience rooted in art and light. BARTKRESA studio’s goal was to connect the world through light and art remotely and celebrate the community while people around the world were still adjusting to the new normal due to the Pandemic. BARTKRESA studio specializes in creating unparalleled and unforgettable experiences for the client. The studio approached the workshop in the same way that they approach the live experiences, and provided a one-of-the-kind experience to the participants.
On the video remote classes, BARTKRESA studio utilized virtual backgrounds as one of the methods to interact and connect with the participants. The participants prepared their virtual backgrounds by using their designs of Hako. This created excitement and motivation for all who were participating in the workshops as they were able to see the progress of designs via their virtual backgrounds. BARTKRESA studio also created “energy breaks” that all of the participants used disco-themed virtual backgrounds to create an environment where they felt as if they were together in the same space. BARTKRESA studio provided an interactive and hands-on experience for them when the community needed the connection the most.
More than 50 participants from 18 different countries joined Hako workshops. Some of them were technical professionals from the largest commercial technology companies such as Christie, Epson, Dataton, and Pixera. These technicians were able to remotely connect with the international art community. Participants discussed the challenges and successes that they had experienced during the workshops. When the participants encountered technical difficulties, those AV professionals came into problem-solving. Thye also introduced their technology to improve the vision the participants were trying to achieve. They saw the vital synergy between design and technology for stimulating, inspiring, and enriching people’s lives highlighted by Hako. A collaboration between AV companies and a design studio on a fine art workshop is a new approach to the growth of the projection medium. The Hako workshop inspired both companies and the participants to focus on the use of technology and design to elevate the overall experience.
The result of the workshops was a collection of Hako that came to life around the world. An 8-ft Hako was built at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and smaller Hako were built in New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the USA. The content for Hako was composed with the animated show crated by BARTKRESA studio and animations designed by the Hako workshop participants.
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