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TouchDesigner at SXSW 2014

We are very pleased to announce that TouchDesigner will have stellar community representation at SXSW this year. In brief: 2 projects - Moment Factory's LAX Terminal and Mod Production's ACO VIRTUAL are short-listed for interactive awards; "Wrapping the World with Light" a panel with Jarrett Smith, Derivative co-founder, artist Sougwen Chun and Leviathan's Chad Hutson will discuss the technology and practice of projection mapping; workshop Live Visuals: Intro to Projection Mapping with Todd Moyer and Mat Hale offers a practical on mapping; and Lustix' kinetic projection-mapped sculpture Fractoid 2.2 will be exhibited in the SXSW Eco Light Garden. If you're attending the festival be sure to say hello!

Panel: Wrapping the World with Light

Saturday, March 8, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

We are very pleased to have such fantastic representation on this panel - namely Jarrett Smith, Derivative co-founder, Chad Hutson, Leviathan executive producer and artist Sougwen Chun.

"Digital design is becoming more fluid and less tethered to the desktop or smart phone. Visual communicators and artists are seeking bigger and bolder ways to crossbreed the real world and the boundless universe of the imagination. Projection mapping is a powerful tool for blending the digital realm and real environments and places we physically inhabit around us. Using specialized mapping software, designers and artists around the world are finding clever and startling ways to map projected images on to three dimensional architectural and sculptured spaces and objects; bringing to life a shared space where the real and unreal are merged. This panel will give attendees a basic understanding of the technology behind projection mapping, view some of the dynamic work being produced by fine artists, VJs and graphic designers, and look at how to conceive of the content and storytelling that can best be expressed through this fantastic medium."

Presenters: Chad Hutson, Leviathan | Jarrett Smith, Derivative | Sougwen Chun, artist | Tony Romain, Trance.

Workshop: Live Visuals: Intro to Video Mapping

Monday, March 10, 3:30PM - 6:00PM

Todd Moyer whose recent ILLOOMINATE lit up on our radar and won "Best in Show" at Create:Fixate will be sharing his projection mapping skills alongside Mat Hale.

ATTENTION: Advance sign-up required, register here.

"Discover the 'how' and 'when' of video mapping. Learn the basics of video mapping to make the right product choices for your project needs, take the initial steps to get set up and understand the challenges that you may encounter along the way. Learn how to video map anything from a simple shape to complex geometry. Learn when to incorporate video mapping into a live event and how to integrate the concept into interactive installations. Follow the step-by-step process of real world applications and the tools to approach projects effectively and efficiently. Watch a real-time projection mapping demonstration showing easy and inexpensive techniques. Find out about software options, hardware choices, how to set up playback systems and projectors, and the importance of creating effective video content. Tweet Mat Hale @imag8nineteen or Todd Moyer @bufflaser2000 using #SXvideomap for specifics to cover at the workshop."

Prerequisites: None.

What to Bring: Nothing in particular.

Exhibit: SXSW Eco Light Garden Featuring Fractoid 2.2

Saturday, March 15, 7:00PM - 12:00AM

Join us for innovative and inspiring sculptures of light at the SXSW Eco Light Garden. The park has been curated with art from around the world, and this event is free and open to the public.

Pieces include (among others):

Fractoid 2.2 - Lustix and1028 Designs, Clever Maven Experiential

Fractoid 2.2 is a kinetic, projection-mapped sculpture. It is synced to a futuristic beat-machine and operates based off of audience interaction. Participants are invited to enter various combinations of keystrokes into a controller that will cause the sculpture to rotate into different shapes. Fractoid 2.2 challenges us to think about the relationship between space and information.

Interactive Award Finalist -Technical Achievement: Tom Bradley Inernational Terminal at LAX - Moment Factory

The winning entry in each category will be revealed at the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony presented by INNOCEAN on Tuesday evening, March 11 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Criteria of this competion: "Projects reinventing and redefining the technical parameters of our digital experience."

We wrote about Moment Factory's formidable LAX terminal here alongside other projects from the Canadian studio where we are very proud to say that TouchDesigner was used.

We wish our friends the best of luck!

Interactive Award Finalist - Music: Mod Productions ACO VIRTUAL

The winning entry in each category will be revealed at the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony presented by INNOCEAN on Tuesday evening, March 11 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Criteria of this competion: "Projects related to musicians, bands, and the music industry, as well online radio and other developments that offer streaming audio content."

We're excited to share that ACO VIRTUAL has been selected as a finalist in March's SXSW Interactive Awards! We wrote about the ground-breaking ACO VIRTUAL earlier this year.

Good luck Mod Productions!