Projection-Mapping* Workshop @ Estonian Art Academy

Projection-Mapping* Workshop
Estonian Art Academy Animation Masters 11-22 January 2021
by Taavi Varm and Ville Hyvönen

The workshop will cover different techniques and technological possibilities for projection mapping. The goal is to create personal projects starting from idea development, storyboard, and sound design as an essential part of dramaturgical storytelling. End of the workshop, we will organize a public showing for finished audio-visual projects.

* – Projection Mapping is a projection techniques used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These objects may be architectural landscapes, such as buildings, small indoor objects, or theatrical stages. This method can add extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects.

Taavi Varm is a visual artist interested in combining spatial design with projection-based media. He is currently a Master’s degree student at Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University. Along the way, he has been teaching video, art, and technology-related courses for the past 20 years in different Universities in Estonia and abroad. That has lead him to be an expert in consulting various government and national projects. He has done stage video design for numerous theatre plays in Estonia, combining hi-tech solutions to narrow the gap between technology and real-time performance. Taavi is also specialized in large-scale projection mapping projects. Lately, he has been working with interactive installations for museums and unique environments. To name a few: Fazer Visitor Centre, Georgian Pavillion at World Expo Astana, Unity DOME 360, Narva Alexander’s Cathedral installation, Narva Museum, and many more.

He runs the hybrid design company Varm Studio with his wife, industrial designer Anni Varm, which has developed many big-scale projects to introduce Estonian design worldwide.

Ville MJ Hyvönen is an excellent example of a modern-day Renaissance man. His expertise and experience in the field of film, theatre, sound, and audiovisual have no limit. Almost three decades of work in collaboration with world-known artists like Kristian Smeds, Mikko Roiha, Eva Alkula, Tõnu Kaljuste, Reet Aus, and many more. He has created sound design for numerous theatre plays and full feature movies. Lately, he’s interested in more intimate and detailed sound installations for projects like Fazer Visitor Centre, Finnish Pavillion at World Expo Astana, Helsinki Central Railway Station, and IKEA Our Dream.

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