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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Video Salon During Mac World Jan. 11th 07

hey everyone, just wanted to follow up with schedule of presentations for Video Salon. Jan. 11th.
first off, the doors are at 7:30.
Presentations will be begin at 8:00 promptly. The demos should be over by 10:00PM

-Surya, from La-va will present 5-10 minutes of VJ kung fu
-Peter Kirn will present wii controllers, jitter, max, flash demo. 30-40 minutes
-Dax presenting a new text2screen app. (Text messaging to video screens in live environments from a new start up call Msgme (5-10 minutes).
-Pierre and Alessandro will present Quartz Composer for live performance. 30-40 minutes
-Michael O'Rourke will talk about Second Life and the Dimension7 gallery in Seond Life. 5-10 minutes
-Xarene will present her new book 'vE-jA" the long anticipated book on audio-visual culture around the world 5-10minutes
-Grant Davis (VJ Culture) showcases Apple's Motion2 and MIDI. 30 minutes.
After the demos, the event becomes the traditional video salon style vj jam and then later it turns more into a party with DJ Laird bringing in the beats and locals.
Posted 1/11/07 Update.
schedule of presenters

Jan. 11th 2007
7:30PM-12: 30AM Demos start at 8:00
Open VJ Jam starts at 10:00
150 Folsom St. (@ Spear)
San Francisco CA 94105

THIS MONTH......................

The annual Video Salon during MacWorld. Apple-centric presentations and demos.

***Quartz Composer demos by Engineering Manager Pierre-Olivier Latour and graphic artist Alessandro Sabatelli from Slinc.

***Presentations by Peter Kirn on Jitter, v001, flash and Nintendo Wii controller.

***Grant Davis (VJ Culture) presents Motion2 and MIDI demo

***We will also have copies of the long anticipated VJ Book ‘vE-“jA “Art and Technology of Live Audio/Video”. Written by Xarene Eskandar. $39.99

Cheap drinks :-)
Bring your laptops and unplug, free wireless.
Plus, bring your media for jamming.
We have a new format for this Video Salon. We will have formal presentations for the first two hours, and then open the floor to the traditional Video Salon style VJ Jam.

Quartz Composer started its life as PixelShox Studio, which was developed in 2002 and 2003 by Pierre-Olivier Latour. Development on the original application reached public beta 0.92b
In the transition from PixelShox to Quartz Composer.
For VJ’s Quartz Composer is a powerful tool capable of being used as a stand-alone VJ application or, intergraded into 3rd party VJ technology.
Pierre has been programming for years and in addition to Quartz Composer and Pixel Shox his has written numerous Freeware and Shareware apps. Currently Pierre is focusing on Quartz Composer for Apple’s newest OS, Leopard.

Peter Kirn,
New York-based musician/visualist and and editor will show how a Mac with Jitter and v001 can mix custom 3D and 2D visuals, hooked up to a Nintendo Wii controller and Nintendo DS. If none of that made sense, just come watch a guy wave his arms around and make some eye candy.
Peter has his finger on the pulse of technology development for A/V artists.

Grant Davis (VJ Culture) Co-founder of Video Salon and Video Riot will demo the MIDI capabilities of Apple’s Motion 2.
With enough RAM and GPU power Motion 2 can be used as a real-time VJ application or, a quick way to create key frames using MIDI.


Video Salon is an open community of visual artists representing SF's
thriving VJ scene. Video Salon is YOU.

The event is hosted at Dimension7, a San Francisco VJ institution.

What is Video Salon?

Video Salon is an open community of video artists who come together monthly to share ideas, show their work and collaborate with other artists in an informal and social setting.

We have video mixing stations setup for anyone and everyone to show their work. Mix live to the DJ’s or do your own thing.


To embrace a broad spectrum of time based visual artists including CG artists, experimental filmmakers, live visual performance artists and installation builders.

To promote technical experimentation and aesthetic development within our community.

To create an open dialog encouraging mutually beneficial critique, cross-pollination and collaboration.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

VJ Culture makes Time Mag. Person of the Year!!
Along with lots of other people.
Why? I guess it's all that self publishing, posting, blogging, bragging I do along with a few others. Hey, as long as I beat out all the leaders of the world.
Honestly, I think they justed didn't want to give it to either Mr. Bush, Kim Il Sung¹ or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

VJ Culture AV Sale
I've got some cool stuff that is collecting dusk and I need to sell it.
You can see more photos of the film projectors and slide projector equipment at my flickr page.
Here is one of my film projectors I'm selling. No reels just what you see here. There are 3 film projectors total. I would love to put them in the right home.

All sales are for US shipping only.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Bellingham WA Electronic Arts Fest.

Edirol invited me to perform at the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival as part of their sponsorship for the event. As one of the Edirol guys said, "You have a whole warehouse full of toys to play with" and that I did. With all that gear at my disposal I decided to use a 3 screen synchronized setup. To accomplish this I used Edirol's 3 PR-80's media servers that stream dual channels of DV quality video. 3 V4 video mixers, a CG-8, 2 DVD players and 2 laptops. Each laptop was receiving a camera in feed for the VJ apps via firewire coming in from the PR-80's. So basically I can effects channel on the laptop and dry video straight from the PR-80's.
One touchscreen controlled all 3 PR-80's so the movies would always start and play at the same speed. They were all connected via a KVM switch so I could control each one independently.
The biggest challenge was creating the movies at 2160x480. Even using a Mac Pro 2.66GHz machine it took a week of rendering. Once the massive movies were complete I had to then break them up into 720x480 videos for the right, center and left screens.
The combination of rendering and loading into the PR's took days. I was still rendering all night in my hotel room. Friday nights show wasn't completely loaded until 10 minutes before the show.
I have to give Ted from Edirol big props for all his help in both the tech assistants and the setup/strike.

Bellingham had just been dumped on by the season's first major snow storm. So major it was setting records and closing schools and business from 2-4 days.
It was questionable how well the festival would be attended, but by Friday night people were ready to go out and get down.
The festival organizers were great hosts and the festival itself was well organized. From the artists to the participants everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
For me the highlight of the show was Kinesthetech Sense, combo dance multi media max patch, camera sensory video delay thingy. check em out at Kinesthetech Sense