The Velocity of Light, a Kaleidoscopic Journey
Multi channel HD video mapping projection, 1080P, two 6k projectors, server, custom software, existing
hexagonal architectural structures
10' x 8' x 8'
Presented through the Aurora Light and Sound Biennial & The Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Starting with the questions of “What makes an object beautiful? What makes human’s gaze at certain objects longer?” Carmen Menza created an experiential installation with inspiration from the prized collection of gems and minerals at the museum. Drawn to the mystery of objects and the study of light Carmen Menza proposed a custom animation and video mapping installation for the existing hexagonal architectural surface within the museum. Kaleidoscopic and fractal animations were created to correlate to the reflective and refractive qualities of the precious stones on display. Integral to this installation were the talents of Joel Olivas who did video mapping and custom coding.
Also programmed as engagement with the public was “A Day in the Life of . . .“ with lead gemologist Kimberly Vagner of the Perot Museum. In this four hour engagement with visitors Ms. Vagner presented her experience and daily work as a gemologist. Carmen Menza presented an artist’s talk and video in regards to the creation of installation.