In 2015, Project Nimbus achieved the inaugural projection of movingÂ images onto clouds from aircraft. The image [Horse in Motion -Â Muybridge 1878] represents a shared cultural reference between artist & scientist. Â
The inspiration to create an open source cloud projectionÂ system for creative expressionÂ occurredÂ in response to a proposed, US military,Â non lethal weaponÂ &Â the inevitable seduction of this process for theÂ banality of advertising.
The Laser ZoopraxiscopeÂ cloud projection device was conceived in 2012 andÂ realised in 2015 as a reworking of Edweard Muybridgeâ€™s original projectionÂ technology from 1879. Developed through collaboration at the interfaceÂ of art & science, the process was underpinned by the role of the makers: aviators,Â cultural theorists, early cinema specialists & technologists.
Beyond the spectacle of cloud projection was genuine collaboration, driven byÂ the power of an idea, the pursuit ofÂ 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 humanÂ 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 Oâ€™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 professionalÂ help. Â 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. Â The talk showcased the experimental prototypes, tactics and techniques, alongside the highs, lows and serendipity of interdisciplinary ways of working, collaborative research and play. Â Their aim to sharing their process as a model for best practice to inspire others.
Photography: Will Simpson
Selected Press / Responses
NewScientist -Â 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) -Â Ghost rider in the sky: Scientists use lasers to project movie onto clouds