Jonas Jongejan

Creative Technologist at Google Creative Lab in New York, previously making interactive set designs on theatre, dance and tv productions and developing interactive graphics for the Danish Broadcast Corporation

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Aug 2008
Opera på Skäret

Vision4 was asked by Opera på Skäret to do the visual work for the classic opera Tosca, and I was asked to do the video programming and assist on creating the visual material. Opera på Skäret is a huge old sawmill in the middle of nowhere that now is used by a private opera company that makes one to two plays each year, getting people in from great distances with special train to see it.

We built 3 small eyeliners in this beautiful room hanging in long wires from the roof, and created virtual walls in the room. A mac pro running Isadora was the core of the system creating the 3 projections, and in one scene I had Eyesweb running to track the opera singer and make blood float out of the body reacting to the movement of the singer. It was accomplished with a custom programmed addon for Isadora I created myself. The material was otherwise primary pre-rendered video made by Arthur Steijn and me, and a couple of times live cams placed around the stage.