World Masters of Projection Mapping

From 14 January until 9 February the façade of EYE Filmmuseum will act as a canvas for spectacular 3D-projections. Every day, five video artists will show their work between 7-9 AM and 5-11 PM, lighting up the extraordinary building.

These video projections, also called ‘architectural mapping, are part of World Masters of Projection Mapping, an international competition for professional video artists. This is an initiative of Amsterdam Light Festival, in collaboration with ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) and RAI Amsterdam. The video exhibitions will be accompanied by music that is available through the radiofrequency FM 88.4. On 8 and 9 February, audiosets will be made available on the dock of EYE Filmmuseum as well as Central Station Amsterdam.

The theme of this first edition, ‘Bridging the Gap’, is inspired by the creations of connections, both physical ones- in the city- as those between people and cultures. The theme furthermore illustrates the assemblage of the three art disciplines in this project: light art, video art and film. De shape and location of the museum- no straight lines and surrounded by water- served as an extra challenge for the five finalists, which were selected by EYE Filmmuseum and Amsterdam Light Festival.

The international jury, which consists of Lennart Booij (artistic director of Amsterdam Light Festival), Jaap Guldemond (director exhibitions of EYE Filmmuseum), Marente Bloemheuvel (associate curator of EYE Filmmuseum), Jozef Hey (founder and owner of BeamSystems), Giny Vos (artist) and Paul James (editor-in-chief of MONDO*ARC), will judge the finalists on 8 February by looking at how they combine creativity and technology to tell their story.

The finalists

Geert Mul
For over 25 years Mul has been exploring the possibilities of poetry in the language of new (data-based) media. Mul’s practice engages the broader public through audio visual performances and commissioned artworks in public spaces. His installations have been showcased in numerous museums for modern art including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Alida Dors and Manuel RodriquesAlida Dors is the artistic director of dance company BackBone. BackBone uses dance to address societal issues and to bring different groups together. Manuel Rodrigues is a graphic designer and film artist. He treats and manipulates elements from the visual world as dances, in which image and sound become inextricably linked. 

Telcosystems (Gideon Kiers, David Kiers, and Lucas van der Velden) -  Gideon, David and Lucas research the relationship between the behaviour of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behaviour. This leads to the creation of immersive audio visual installations which are shown through various media and live performances. Their work has been featured in museums and festivals such as Ars Electronica, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Holland Festival.

Florian and Michael QuistrebertThis duo creates ‘optical canvasses’ and videos showing angular patterns in which symmetry and reflections are recurring themes. Using a variety of materials and techniques they seek to reinvent modernism, futurism, and optical art.

Eder Santos - Santos - a pioneer of multimedia art in Brazil - is recognized worldwide for developing hybrid projects that mix visual arts, cinema, theater, video, and new media. His works belong to the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, two of the largest contemporary art museums in the world.

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