The Nottingham-based artist opted for two EH415ST and two GT1080e Optoma Full HD short-throw projectors, both offering the image quality of larger projectors.
The Optoma 1080p short-throw projectors, EH415ST, were selected due to their bright 3500 ANSI lumens and for their ability to produce a large image from a short distance. Their compact size allowed them to be installed out of sight from visitors.
For the remaining two walls, Matt chose two GT1080e projectors due to their bright 3000 ANSI lumens and pin-sharp high definition imagery. They were also chosen for their compactness, meaning they can be uninstalled and reinstalled quickly and simply.
The setup was as minimal as possible. Four Optoma projectors were pointed at each wall, powered by a laptop running VDMX. Matt explains: “The visual patch I built on VDMX was driven directly by the audio from the mixer. The signal from VDMX was split into four HD signals going into each projector. Other than that there were just a few extra bits of decor which played with light - either reflecting or emitting it.
“I wanted to keep the setup as straight-forward as possible for the first event. It felt unnecessary including too much as the visuals were so intense and all-consuming.”
The visuals by Matt Woodham and music by Lukas Cole from Wiglex, were highly synchronised, to push the audience’s experience as much as possible, so that the combination of simple elements provided an ‘emergent’ experience to the viewer.
The visuals were generated live, in response to the music Lukas was playing. Matt designed a custom controller to adjust specific parameters of the patterns such as spatial frequency, colour, spacing, width, angle, tiling parameters etc. The visuals were automatically kept in sync with the music.