In 2015, Project Nimbus achieved the inaugural projection of moving images onto clouds from aircraft. The image [Horse in Motion – Muybridge 1878] represents a shared cultural reference between artist & scientist.
The inspiration to create an open source cloud projection system for creative expression occurred in response to a proposed, US military, non lethal weapon & the inevitable seduction of this process for the banality of advertising.
The Laser Zoopraxiscope cloud projection device was conceived in 2012 and realised in 2015 as a reworking of Edweard Muybridge’s original projection technology from 1879. Developed through collaboration at the interface of art & science, the process was underpinned by the role of the makers: aviators, cultural theorists, early cinema specialists & technologists.
Beyond the spectacle of cloud projection was genuine collaboration, driven by the power of an idea, the pursuit of knowledge and the joy of risk – currencies beyond money, allowing the collaborative exploration of the scientific process as art & the role of art as research.
Exploring the human relationship to image and ownership of public space through the collaboration and the audience’s response leads to a potential model of cultural innovation.
Aaron Nielsen | Mark Cameron | Ben Whitaker | Lawrence Molloy | Vlad Strukov | Stephen Herbert | Mark Pickles | Suzie Cross
Supported by :
John O’Shea | Abandon Normal Devices Festival | Octopus Collective | FACT Liverpool | Leeds Inspired | Arts Council England
Click the Image to read the original article in New Scientist Magazine.
The Laser Zoopraxiscope by Dave Lynch, Mike Nix, Aaron Nielsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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PLEASE NOTE: The laser devices are under research and development in this project are still going under going risk assessment and must not be attempted to be created without professional help. Any attempt to do so is completely at your own risk.
Dave Lynch and Mike Nix, presented the findings at Leeds Museum on the 4th of July 2016. The talk showcased the experimental prototypes, tactics and techniques, alongside the highs, lows and serendipity of interdisciplinary ways of working, collaborative research and play. Their aim to sharing their process as a model for best practice to inspire others.
Photography: Will Simpson
Selected Press / Responses
NewScientist – Rider in the sky stars in first cloud movie
Wemakemoneynotart.com – Cinema in the clouds
Smithsonian Mag – Look Up: Clouds Could be next Movie Screens
Russian Television (RT.com) – Ghost rider in the sky: Scientists use lasers to project movie onto clouds