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Joan in Wonderland / Jeanne au pays des Merveilles - Video Mapping 2013

posted May 6, 2013, 12:54 PM by Julie Meitz   [ updated May 6, 2013, 1:19 PM ]

Le Trésor de Jeanne : La Nuit Européenne des Musées 2013 !

   Samedi Le 18 mai 2013, à partir de 20h - 00h ( la vidéo boucle tout la soirée ) / Domremy, France   


 
Joan in Wonderland / Jeanne au pays des Merveilles : Julie Meitz
 

 FRANCAIS CI-DESSOUS

Joan in Wonderland – Video Projection “Mapping” on Joan of Arc’s Birth House

Creation: Julie Meitz

In December 2012, “Faces of Joan” museum asked me if a new video projection on Joan’s birth house could be created in time for “The European Nights of the Museums”, in May 2013.  The museum’s original idea was to project on the front side (similar to what I had done the previous summer 2012) and also on the backside of the house which would indicate to oncoming visitors (near the parking area) about the front projection and entry into the house.  Both the house and the grand gallery would be viewable this night by flashlights.

The final proposition settled on one video projection on the backside of the house and I started working on the idea and video in March in between other work.  I had originally started my idea with two video projections in mind and I started testing with two computers and software, planning for the front side projection to be the principal one.  Now that the principal projection was on the backside which was basically a wall unlike the front side with its windows, door and statue, it appeared that the projection would be more as “Cinema” projection than “Mapping”.  However, since the house is not square and there are a few small elements in front of the wall that need to be masked off, it’s still “Mapping” (and actually allows more cinema-like freedom).

When I projected on the front side in 2012 which was my first “Mapping” projection, I focused on using decorative masks to highlight the parts of the house and the nature surrounding it.  This time there were no parts to focus on, so I decided to bring the parts of the front side to the backside to say, “Hey, look at me, I’m Joan’s birth house!”.  This way it would get the visitors attention not only for the video projection, but also for exploring the house and its surrounding environment with a flashlight.  From this start my idea gradually developed in correlation to “Alice in Wonderland” where everything is possible.  For the Joan of Arc story, I thought this quite fitting.

The video focuses on Joan’s birth house and life in the Middle Ages with a dash of magic and the surreal and is accompanied by fun music.  I have used film clips from various feature films about Joan and I have also created original animations with images from the Middle Ages and Vintage era.  For this project I forced myself to step out of my “Adobe Premiere box” and create an entire video in Adobe After Effects (plus Adobe Flash & Photoshop) which has been not only challenging but greatly rewarding.

Other tools: Resolume Avenue 4 + Visution Mapio (IR Mapio) : Using Dell Inspiron 17R laptop, Windows 7

Jeanne au pays des Merveilles - Vidéo Projection "Mapping" sur la maison natale de Jeanne d'Arc

Réalisation : Julie Meitz

En Décembre 2012, le musée "Visages de Jehanne" m'a demandé si une nouvelle projection vidéo sur la maison natale de Jeanne pourrait être créé dans le temps pour "Les Nuits Européennes des Musées", en mai 2013. L’idée originale du musée était de projeter sur la face avant (similaire à ce que j'avais fait l'été précédent 2012) et aussi à l'arrière de la maison, ce qui indiquerait aux visiteurs qui approchent (près de l'aire de stationnement) au sujet de la projection frontale et l'entrée en la maison. La maison et la grande galerie serait visible cette nuit par des lampes de poche.

La proposition finale réglée sur une projection vidéo à l'arrière de la maison et j'ai commencé à travailler sur l'idée et la vidéo en Mars entre autres travaux. Au départ, j'avais commencé mon idée avec deux projections vidéo à l'esprit et j’ai commencé les essais avec deux ordinateurs et des logiciels, la planification de la projection de face avant pour être la vidéo principale. Maintenant que la projection principale était à l'arrière qui était essentiellement un mur contrairement à la face avant avec ses fenêtres, de portes et statue, il est apparu que la projection serait plus que la projection "Cinéma" de "Mapping". Cependant, depuis la maison n'est pas carré et il y a quelques petits éléments en face du mur qui doivent être masquées, c'est toujours «mapping» (et ça permet en fait plus comme au cinéma « liberté »).

Quand je projetais sur la face avant en 2012 qui fut ma première vidéo projection "Mapping", je me suis concentré sur l'utilisation de masques décoratifs pour mettre en évidence les pièces de la maison et de la nature qui l'entoure. Cette fois il n'y avait pas de pièces de se concentrer, alors j'ai décidé d'amener les parties de la face avant à l'arrière pour dire: « Hé, regardez-moi, je suis la maison natale de Jeanne ! ». De cette façon, il serait attirer l'attention des visiteurs non seulement pour la projection vidéo, mais aussi pour explorer la maison et son environnement avec une lampe de poche. À partir de là mon idée a progressivement évolué en corrélation avec « Alice au pays des merveilles »  où tout est possible. Pour l'histoire de Jeanne d'Arc, je pensais que tout à fait approprié.

La vidéo se concentre sur la maison de naissance et la vie de Jeanne au Moyen-Age avec une pincée de magie et le surréel et elle est accompagné par une musique amusante. J'ai utilisé des extraits de films de divers longs métrages sur le sujet de Jeanne et j'ai aussi créé des animations originales avec des images du Moyen Âge et de l'époque ancienne/classique. Pour ce projet, je me suis forcé à sortir de ma "boîte de Adobe Premiere" et de créer une vidéo entière dans Adobe After Effects (plus Adobe Flash et Photoshop) qui a été non seulement un défi, mais très gratifiant.

Outils Autres: Resolume Avenue 4 + Visution Mapio (IR Mapio) : Utiliser ordinateur portable Dell Inspiron 17R, Windows 7


Jeanne sous la pluie / Joan in the rain : @ Film Festivals 2013

posted May 6, 2013, 3:16 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated May 6, 2013, 3:18 AM ]

MashUpRome Remix Festival
San Francisco, California, USA - 
Frameline37 Festival
Rome, Italy - MashUpRome Festival
Rimini, Italy - Rimini Festival
Seattle, Washington USA - STIFF Festival
Towson, Maryland, USA - WAMM Festival

Showing #2: Jeanne sous la pluie / Joan in the rain

posted Oct 27, 2012, 5:36 AM by Julie Meitz

REMixed 2012 Media Festival - New York City
The video poem will be shown November 10th in New York City at the REMixed 2012 Media Festival:

We NEED more festivals like this !!!  Long Live ReMixedNYC !!!  Here's a small recap from their 'About' page:

"The RE/Mixed Media Festival is a celebration of collaborative art-making and creative appropriation. It’s the artists’ contribution to the ongoing conversation about remixing, mashups, copyright law, fair use, and the freedom of artists to access their culture in order to add to and build upon it."

Showing #1: Jeanne sous la pluie / Joan in the rain

posted Oct 27, 2012, 5:23 AM by Julie Meitz

Cinéma Gerard Philippe - Jeanne sous la pluie

25.10.2012
Showed "Joan in the rain" at cinéma Gerard Philippe in Vénissieux for the VHS Soirée.  Very nice to see it on the big screen even though the aspect ratio was incorrect (4:3 to 16:9).  Also, there were issues with the soundtrack at times, but not the cinema's fault, more due to me working with low quality sound files in the editing stage and not having the knowledge of sound re-mastering.  All in all, a very nice time meeting the audience and other filmmakers at this event.
More information: VHS Soirée and Cinéma Gerard Philippe 

Extraits d'Art

posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:16 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated Oct 23, 2012, 3:49 PM ]

3 Art works julie meitz joan of arc jeanne d arc

VIDEO LINK:

EN: Excerpts of 3 Art Works that I created for the 600th birthday of Joan of Arc, Domremy-la-pucelle, France 2012
FR: Extraits de 3 Art Works que j'ai créé pour le 600e anniversaire de Jeanne d'Arc, à Domrémy-la-pucelle, France 2012

TOOLS used, new SKILLS learned:
Video Poem: Adobe CS4 Premiere, AE & Photoshop
Video Pome UnCensored: http://vimeo.com/46020449
Interactive Art: openFrameworks (1st work) ---> http://openframeworks.cc/
Video Mapping: Resolume + IR Mapio (1st work) ---> http://resolume.com/ & http://irworkshop.com/products/mapio

Video Projection Mapping Joan's Birth House

posted Jul 15, 2012, 9:55 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated Jul 18, 2012, 7:14 AM ]

Video projection mapping Joan's birth house jeanne d'arc

My 1st video mapping projection on the birth house of Joan of Arc.  More photos and video to come...

SHOW TIMES THIS SUMMER:
Mis à jour - Avant & après le Cinéma en pleine air :  http://www.culturevosges.fr/jeannedarc/spectacles.asp
Update - Before & after the outdoor Cinema show:  http://www.culturevosges.fr/en/jeannedarc/spectacles.asp

What is video mapping ? Projecting onto a building, 3D object, etc. and making the video fit the form of the building, 3D object, etc.; it's a new technology that extends the boundaries of regular flat screen projection like that shown at the cinema.

My video projection mapping tools:
Resolume : This is an audio-visual / VJ program that allows you to mix video and sound live
IR Mapio : This is a plugin that works with Resolume which allows you to create the mapping - Thanks to Ivan :) !

PS: Mapping is in the eye of the beholder !  It also takes a lot of time, good eye sight and patience to align in the real environment ! ;)  More about my techniques on that...

There is a lot of work involved to fix and super-imposer images...

posted Jun 12, 2012, 11:56 PM by Julie Meitz

Fix & super-impose images takes time!

When I made the video poem, "Joan in the rain", it took quite a bit of time to fix images, and also to try to find the best way to super-impose images over other images.  Sometimes an image, say from an old VHS tape, can only be repaired so far until it looses it's original appearance which then seems to defeat the purpose (unless it transforms into sometime more striking).  The tools I used to edit, correct, colorize, etc. this video work were Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects (CS4).  I love these tools and sincerely appreciate the work of the programmers.  This video poem is dedicated to Cinema, in particular for this project, those films of Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc Art Exposition Live!

posted Jun 9, 2012, 5:59 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated Jun 9, 2012, 6:06 AM ]


Spent about 10 days with art director, technician and other artists setting up art installation; lots of work, ups and downs, and fun!  Now it's live!  Starting to upload new photos, so check out the "Photos" tab, many more to come.  Now I have to hurry and create the video mapping projection (birth house of Joan) for summer shows, first one being July 7, ahhh!!!  ...I'm a bit tired and still not sleeping very well, tis me life as artist, oh hum-hee-deedle-dee-dum ;)  More words later when I'm finished with this 3rd project for the museum....

Busy, busy, busy [sigh, sigh, sigh]

posted Feb 17, 2012, 3:22 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 2:59 AM ]

  openFrameworks OpenCV FaceSubstitution 

No time to update this website - I'm focusing on my 3 projects because the exposition date is nearing (I will updated after exposition).

PS: This exposition has encouraged me to update my current skills and learn new skills, but all of that takes time (learning curve, resolving errors, etc.) and does not always leave enough time for the art part, especially working alone (and proposing 3 ideas instead of 1).  But all in all it has been a rewarding experience, even if the final result is not exactly as planned...and in the end, isn't that what's important ?  Trying, never giving up, experiencing life again.

Image left: Test code FaceSubstitution; live webcam image of me replaced by image of Joan that I manipulated in PS (The teeth are mine! The image is a mask that follows facial expressions! Pretty cooL, eh?!).  References: openFrameworks  (Kyle McDonald & Arturo Castro) & Research Scientist Jason Saragih
 

Prototype; Heroic, Political, Hostage & Victim

posted Jan 18, 2012, 6:52 AM by Julie Meitz   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 7:15 AM ]

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Rosie the Riveter

Forward excerpt by Régine Pernoud from her book, Joan of Arc: Her Story:

"...Prototype of the glorious military heroine, Joan is also prototype of the political prisoner, of the hostage, and of the victim of oppression...We do not add here the names of such victims in our world today - the list would be too long and the sufferings that they endure are every day replaced by others yet more horrific."

 
 
We can't win without them women in the war

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