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Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:04 am
Introducing projectography

When I used to write for tech and design mags, I'd often cover gadgets. Apart from the iPhone (which made me weep tears of joy over my Wired column) it was hard to muster much enthusiasm about any of them. My tech-lust -- strong in the 90s -- seemed to be saluting digital cameras, mobile phones, and vacuum-cleaning robots at half cock. That's why I rarely review them here on Click Opera.



The Nikon Coolpix S1000pj is the first digital camera in years to elicit any sort of excitement at all from me. Above you see stunt group Helicopter Boyz demonstrating some less orthodox applications for the device, which is basically a digital camera with a projector built in.

The video got me considering other ways you could use the S1000pj. You could project a photo of your own face on top of video projections at art shows. You could project the word LIAR onto Tony Blair's white shirt while he's making a speech on live TV. Flashers could take flash photos of their own genitals and project them onto the bedroom walls of sleeping maidens. Pictures of laser beams could be projected into the cockpits of landing aircraft, leading them to imagine themselves blinded and crash. But please don't do that while I'm landing in Japan this December, because I'll die before I can buy one of these remarkable cameras.

Is it even, technically, a camera? Nikon have coined the slightly pretentious term "projectography" for their European press ads, suggesting the camera heralds a new hybrid, multimedia artform. It's not just that you take pictures that you can see immediately (that's been possible since the invention of the Polaroid), it's that you can turn your snaps (and movies) into spectral ghost-presences in the same environment you shot them in, a possibility which invokes R. Murray Schaffer's idea of "schizophonia".



In the UK and US ads, annoyingly entitled kids project pictures of a band onto the band's own t-shirts, fall asleep with their S1000pjs clutched tightly in their hands, then project pictures of the rising sun onto their pillows. Plato would've been spinning in his cave.

The S1000pj was supposed to be released in August, but -- due, Nikon say, to unprecedented pre-order demand -- has been pushed back to October 23rd. In Japan it'll cost 51800 yen, which works out at €381.96 at current exchange rates. Not bad for such a paradigm-shifting wee device. The only downside is reportedly short battery life.

In an age of samey-same camera design, I for one welcome this eccentric amphibian, the camera-plus-projector. Let us become projectographers. Let us embrace a gadget which proposes the first new artform of the 21st century. And let us devise uses for it undreamt of by the manufacturer, and not yet outlawed by bylaws. Projecting poetry onto our own faces as we sit on subway trains! Projecting blood onto Christ's loincloth in church! Casting a third eye onto the bank manager's forehead!

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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)

It's already out in most of Europe at about the same price. No need to wait until you're in Japan!


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neil_scott
neil_scott
Neil Scott
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)

I'm waiting for the ability to project holograms a la Total Recall.


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skazat
skazat
Alex à Paris
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)

You can also see this as the heir to the laser pointer.

I'm amazed at the helicopter boys performance - not that the choreography was good or anything, but the range of the projected image, was.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)

Have you noticed that they've got a DVD of Emigholz's "Schindlers Häuser" for sale in proQM? I remember trying to upload it for you one or two years ago, without success. Sadly, it comes with a hefty price tag of 25 Euro.


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viceanglais
viceanglais
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

The chat in Bloomsbury's Camera Cafe yesterday centred around Red cameras. We can now make feature quality cinema for peanuts. No need to look "lo-fi" anymore (unless as an applied affectation). The difference boils down to the quality of the lighting and the writing.


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krskrft
krskrft
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)

Red cameras still clearly fall out of the consumer price range, even though compared to traditional film cameras used for big budget studio pictures, yes, they do cost peanuts.

David Lynch's "Inland Empire" was done on a DV cam that cost only a fraction of the Red's price.


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eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)

Sounds like the Wasp T12 to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasp_T12

sadly it'll probably end up being used like this - to stop people 'communing in pleasancy' !
go to 3:45
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzCEfNoTCM


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
project me from what I want


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: project me from what I want



Hope embedding works...


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Oct. 23rd, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Plato would've been spinning in his cave.

Ach, for those that don't know the way out, pictures do better than a flickering fire. And isn't that what art's supposed to be about?


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Fri, Oct. 23rd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)

whats this about?


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Sat, Oct. 24th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
too late e e e e eeee

ah, I read this too late...

will there be more in nyc? I"d love to catch one...


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Oct. 26th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: too late e e e e eeee

goodiepal is still in New York I think..

try emailing him on this facebook thing...

http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm/micro/parl/2009_fbook.html

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The Future

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Hmm, so where to reach me in the future? Well why don’t you try facebook.

We are currently mainly active at facebook and have created a group called
RADICAL COMPUTER MUSIC AND MEDIA ART since that is what we think we are doing.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32383722932

This is a FREE forum, and you might ask me how can it be FREE since it’s facebook?
Well because I will give the control of the forum over to you, I will be using it frequently and you can use it as well, here is the log on info:

http://www.facebook.com/

Password: vesterk

Email: brobeckhelen@gmail.com

THIS WILL ALSO be the only online way to contact me!

Think about it, if you have to contact me you have to log into my profile and then send a message to myself, then next time I log in I can reply, but so can other people, and you will never really know if it’s me or somebody pretending to be me!

THIS WILL OPEN UP FOR ENDLESS ACTIVITIES LIKE THIS ONE:

http://www.discogs.com/release/13032

But actually there is a much more sinister idea behind this. If you ever believe in fairytales, Angels, UFO sightings, conspiracies etc. You have to leave room for the “MAYBE” in your daily life!

I really think that the maybe is disappearing in our modern forms of interaction, and we need to bring this back! - Please use the profile as much as possible, but please don’t change the password. If you do so the fun will be all over.
This is a game about trust and after completing this text about 900 people will be in possession of this knowledge. This leaves the possibility open that each time you speak to me you might be speaking to one of the 899 Goodiepal imposters around, and you will have to use your brain to know if it is the real one.

At the same time you can email any of my friends and pretend you are me, and by doing that , we know what can happen.
At the end of the day I have made almost all the money I have needed to support myself on the dark side of the internet!

YOU CAN FOLLOW me in here!

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Ohh Goodiepal..........

Irisya


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Nov. 1st, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: too late e e e e eeee

I can't log in, what's the birthday?


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