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  1. by Neal Bryant .

    On set with Henry Holland and Clive Booth

    Today we have been shooting the first in a series of moving portraits by Clive Booth that will provide a greater insight into some of the industry's leading figures as well as highlighting the different processes and equipment involved in shooting a video portrait.

    Fashion designer Henry Holland is Clive's first sitter in a shoot that will use the latest 4K cameras and several creative lighting techniques. We have just finished the first shot that saw Henry on a turntable and have caught some great personal moments with the designer.

    More details on how and why the moment was captured in 4K will be released with the footage in the upcoming weeks on SHOWstudio.

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    1. Walther caicedo
      02:16 10 Oct 2013
      Página muy interezante
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  2. by Neal Bryant .

    New moving portraits project coming soon!

    I've just had a meeting with Henry Holland, Clive Booth and Mark George in which we discussed a new exciting project for SHOWstudio. 

    Henry will be the first sitter in front of Clive's camera for a series of moving portraits that will aim to provide a greater insight into some of the industry's leading figures. 

    The collaborative project will highlight the various steps taken from concept through to completion including an in-depth look into why creative and technical decisions were made. 

    The project will be launching in the up-coming weeks.  

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    1. funeral
      14:49 1 Aug 2013
      I'm intrigued by this project. How is this going to differ from say the 200 sittings project that Nick Knight completed in 2010?

      I think showing the technical deliberations and options for such a project would give it a real unique grounding...

      I'd love to know more.
    2. neal.bryant
      11:18 2 Aug 2013
      Hello Funeral,

      Thanks for your interest. The project will differ in quite a few ways from the 200 portraits project.

      Unlike the 200 portraits these portraits will be shot as moving portraits and won't be documenting the process of having your portrait taken, which will mean each movement within the portrait will have to be considered for video rather than stills.

      The portraits are also more collaborative in approach, so Clive and SHOWstudio will be working closely with the sitter of each portrait to consider how the portrait should be approached and how all parties want it look and feel. As we want to reveal something that you wouldn't necessarily know about the sitter, they will have quite a personal feel to them.

      As mentioned during each portrait we will be making various decisions about technological approaches and how to best use various kit to achieve the desired result. We aim to explain this thoroughly to allow SHOWstudio visitors a greater understanding of the technicalities involved with filming something like this.

      For example, in Henry's up-coming portrait we will be exploring lots of different lighting techniques, and audio will also be extremely important. We will explain why this is and how it was achieved as the project develops.

      Neal
    3. funeral
      12:05 3 Aug 2013
      Thank you for taking the time to write back.

      I think for me the most intriguing thing about this project is how you aim to explore both the personal aspects of the sittings and the technicalities of approaching such a project; to me, quite an impersonal aspect of image making.

      I look forward to seeing this project develop on the site.

      Do you know when we can expect to see something?
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  3. by Neal Bryant .

    Deborah Milner comments on the Bouchra Jarrar show
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    Panelist Deborah Milner sums up her thoughts on the Bouchra Jarrar show in a one liner for our video camera. 

  4. by Neal Bryant .

    RetrospectGIF at Internet Week Europe

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    As part of Internet Week Europe McGarryBowen have curated an exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GIF (Graphics Interchange Format). 

    The exhibition provides entertaining examples of GIFs throughout the past 25 years, using a chronology of computers to highlight just how long the GIF has been used for.

    Visitors are invited to peruse early examples of GIFs from 1987 before animated versions became the norm a couple of years later. There are then hundreds of examples that are more familiar including animations that grew in popularity with geocities web pages, such as the 'under construction' banner, through to dancing babies and numerous cat examples that were a staple of inboxes during the 1990's.

    As you move around the space, witnessing the advancements in technology that the GIFs would have been created and viewed on, it becomes apparent that although the format has remained relatively unchanged throughout the years, people are still finding new and creative ways to use the simple process to produce something exciting, much of which we see on Tumblr today.

    Something of particular interest to us at SHOWstudio is how the fashion industry has adopted the GIF, a topic that has a display dedicated to it within the space. GIFs and cinemagraphs (still imagery where movement is limited to a small section of the image) have been used commonly within the industry over the last couple of years as they provide a beautiful way to promote brands and position them within popular culture. There are some great examples on display, including the Mary Katrantzou animation (above) and Nick Knight's interpretations as part of the SHOWstudio Whaam project.

    Stereoscopic animations are another relatively new use of GIFs that are on display here. This is the use of 3 or more cameras, which are slightly offset providing the illusion that there is movement in depth. It was great to see this more modern technique juxtaposed against the classic GIF art of the 90's.

    RetrospectGIF offers a wonderful curation of GIFs through the years that highlight nostalgia, creativity and entertainment. If you are a fan of the format (or even not) this exhibition is definitely worth a visit.

    RetrospectGIF runs till 16 November 2012. For more information on the exhibition and other Internet Week events, visit the Internet Week website.

  5. by Neal Bryant .

    rAndom International: Future Self
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    Future Self is a new installation by london-based collection rAndom International that maps and replicates human movement. The project, presented in the above video, involved two dancers interacting with each other and a large LED based structure as part of a dance performance coordinated by choreographer Wayne McGregor and composer Max Richter.

    As the dancers moved around the installation, 3D cameras (Kinects) recorded the shapes made by their bodies and replayed them on a brass grid of over 10,000 LED lights. Rather than mirroring the dancers, the installation re-interrupts the movements into a beautiful digital form that resembles its own form of communication, as if the LEDs are communicating with the dancers and vice-versa.

    The wonderful performance marked the opening of the installation, which is currently located in the MADE exhibition space in Berlin and will be showing until 2nd June.

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    1. Mkoma
      10:52 24 Nov 2012
      Dear Erica,To post dances video are in your web are a such great idea slicealpy those video are demonstrate from ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHER, please do post the video in your web instead of follow to other website not everyone has those social website .Suggestion: after dances been taught please play at least 4 consecutive weeks in order for dancers to be remember the steps, most of dances (almost 40-50%) that you taught either you don't play after 2nd week or you killed them, what a pity. some of them are good dances.
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  6. by Neal Bryant .

    Video Sharing Apps: Vyclone adds a new take on video sharing
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    Video sharing apps are currently getting a lot of attention since Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, with many people citing them as the next big social platform. There are already many popular video sharing applications on the market, notable Viddy, which has passed 27million users and SocialCam, which has 51.5 million monthly users.

    Vyclone is a new video sharing application that has just just been released (UK only) that aims to take the concept of sharing further, allowing users to share in the process of capturing the footage as well as sharing the finished product.

    The app works using location services so that users can see who else in the immediate area is also filming. Once the user has filmed and uploaded up to 60 seconds of footage you can then choose to have the footage edited together with other users to make a quick 'multicam' edit of the footage. This allows the finished video to contain several different vantages of the same event.

    Vyclone was initially devised to cover music concerts, but the creators soon realised that the technology could be used to film anything from; short films of your friends, to citizen journalism, to large scale festivals, which was far more exciting than just gigs and concerts.  

    The concept behind the app is really exciting, and as the idea of co-creation is something that hasn't really been explored with other imagery sharing platforms I can imagine it becoming very popular.

  7. by Neal Bryant .

    iQ by Intel
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    iQ by Intel is a new web based social-publishing platform that aims to narrate the impact of technology on our lives and provide an increased insight into the brand Intel.

    In what resembles a digital magazine, similar in appearance to Google's news aggregator Newsmap and Flipboard, Intel employees curate aggregated and self created content. iQ, designed primarily to be read on smart phones and tablets, pulls in curated content from the leading thinkers, engineers and scientists at Intel, as well as pulling in content from wider technology sites like Mashable, TechCrunch and social networking streams.

    As the site has just launched the content is primarily pulled from a couple of recognisable sources, but as the flow of information continues to grow, it will only be articles that have been recommended by a certain amount of people that will feature on the front page. Intel wants the experience to be democratic, with a view of engaging their younger audience and further encouraging discussion about technological developments, which they belief will push the human race forward.

    Whether this is an attempt for Intel to reveal more of the brand to their audience or to push their backing of touchscreen devices, or to even encourage coverage of Intel, it will be interesting to see the platform develop further and its great to see them sharing the technological developments that are exciting them.

  8. by Neal Bryant .

    Touché: Touch and Gesture - Disney Research
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

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    The Touché project is a new sensing technology being developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh by Ivan Poupyrev in collaboration with Munehiko Sato and Chris Harrison.

    The technology aims to not only detect touch, such as a finger making contact with a screen, (something that we have all become familiar with) but also to simultaneously recognise more complex configurations of human hands and body as the user interacts with any given object.

    During the testing, highlighted in the slightly corporate attached video, Disney have added the touch recognition to computer devices and everyday objects, but amazingly also to the human body and liquids. Using touch sensitivity material a single wire can be connected to make previously unresponsive objects and environments touch and gesture sensitive.

    This technology greatly increases the range of touch interactions that will be possible in the future, not only further enhancing touch screens, but also in new scenarios where touch control was previously unusable, which is incredibly exciting.

    Imagine being able to control your phone, music player and many other devices by taping your wrist in certain ways; thankfully with the ongoing development of Touché this is becoming increasingly more realistic.

  9. by Neal Bryant .

    Nike Building Twist - Wieden and Kennedy
    SHOWstudio Tech Update

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    Wieden+Kennedy are renowned for producing creative projects with a technological twist. As part of their on going relationship with Nike, the Japanese branch of the agency have produced a projection mapping piece that is controlled by one of the Nike Free Twist shoes that they are promoting.

    There have been quite a few examples of projection mapping recently with varied success, but the inclusion of an unusual controller in this example adds to the 'magic' of the seeing a building appear to be moving in front of the onlookers eyes. This combined with a high quality projection (albeit not as elobrate as some examples that viewers simply watch) and familiar soundtrack makes for a very effective project and promotion tool for Nike.

  10. by Neal Bryant .

    Vimeo Awards - Nick Knight to Judge Fashion Category
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    The Vimeo Festival + Awards aim to honour the best original videos that have been posted online within various genres. This year the festival has added 4 new exciting categories to the roster, including advertising, action sports, lyrical and fashion. Within each category Vimeo selected a shortlist of videos that they felt stood out from the rest of the field and invited a select few practitioners from within the industry to cast their experienced eyes over the field.

    This year SHOWstudio director Nick Knight was invited to give his opinion on the entries within the fashion category, alongside Nicola Formichetti and Humberto Leon (co-owner and creative director of Opening Ceremony).

    As well as taking consideration of the judges' opinions, Vimeo also made the shortlist available to the public, allowing users to vote for their favourite. The shortlist is still available online, and will soon be whittled down to 4 winners and announced before the festival starts on June 7th in New York.

    Log on to Vimeo to pick your favourite, and see if you can tell which video is likely to be victorious. Unfortunately we can't reveal which video Nick voted for, but we'd be interested to hear which ones are your favourites from the group.

  11. by Neal Bryant .

    “La Gabbia” (The Cage) by auroraMeccanica
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    It can often be interesting when an artist combines a tangible object with a digital object. In this instance the artist has used real bird cages, which are hung in the center of a darkended room and lit by the beam of a projector. When the cages are moved it triggers bird projections to be 'released' onto the background wall.

    The result is thoroughly enjoyable, and the projections work extremely well, with each bird appearing to launch from the perch in the middle of the cage.

  12. by Neal Bryant .

    Architect's Eye by Sergei Tschoban and Sergey Kuznetsov
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    As part of the Interni Legacy event that is currently running in Milan in conjuction with Milan Design Festivial, the Architect's Eye has been installed within the Cortile d'Onore of the Ca' Grand.

    The sculpture by Sergei Tschoban and Sergey Kuznetsov, partners of the architecture studio SPEECH Tchoba Kuznetsov in Moscow, is a stainless steel sphere ball which is completely smooth and reflecting. Within the ball there is a large LED system that creates the image of a huge human iris and pupil that rotates to 'look' at visitors or surroundings. The pupil also dilates and contracts, and the eye has the ability to change colours.

    Also within the 'eye' are images of abandoned Russian architecture as the piece looks to enforce the need to conserve history and cultural legacy.

    The vibrant colours of the iris look beautiful in the imagery and it interesting how the work turns sculpture into an installation piece.

  13. by Neal Bryant .

    Nintendo 3DS in the Louvre
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

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    As part of a partnership between the Louvre and Nintendo, the 3DS will now be available for visitors to use as a new audio guide. The audio guide will feature 3D imagery and animation, an interactive map that allows users to see exactly where they are in the museum, over 700 commentaries on the work and the museum, and multimedia quizzes to keep the entire family engaged in the exhibits. The guides are also customisable to include certain pieces that users may want to see specifically.

    The devices have replaced old handheld guides and it will be interesting to see them in practice and how much the additional features enrich the experience of the museum.

  14. by Neal Bryant .

    Louis Vuitton - Harmony Trunk Soundtrack
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

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    During the project The Sound Of Clothes: Anechoic SHOWstudio embarked on exploring the sounds that specific garments produced whilst being worn. In a similar vein, Louis Vuitton have attempted to share a different perspective of one of their iconic pieces, the Harmony Trunk, by asking Al Doyle from Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem to produce a soundtrack from the workshop sounds that are created during the production of the piece.

    Nearly all of the sounds used within the piece are made from source material, including: background textures, sawing sounds, sawhorse installation, filing down and cutting-out canvas, all of which have been reinterpreted and reworked to produce this track.

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    1. 12:43 19 Apr 2012
      Sublime !!!!!!!!!
      eric.image@hotmail.fr
    2. Ahmad
      21:41 24 Nov 2012
      I CAN'T STAND THOSE GODDAMN POCKETS THAT STICK OUT I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. haha.I like when thin guys where slim but loose jeans that fold over to form a cuff right by the foot. converse rule.I like those brown and black jeckats that are designed like leather jeckats but have a more windbreakery plastic-bag-like feel to them.I like when guys wear plain white V-neck burnout tshirts whith either tattoos or dyed hair.
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  15. by Neal Bryant .

    SymbiosisO: Voxel - Issey Miyake's Interactive Grid
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    SymbiosisO: Voxel is an interactive installation that has been installed within Issey Miyake's flagship New York store. The piece is constructed from silk and felt hexagonal pads that respond to body heat. Users are encouraged to touch and play with the grid to leave their 'mark' on the installation. As well as the physical interaction the piece also responds to a mobile website that enables users to design a pattern that can then be displayed across the polygons.

    The artists Alex Dodge, Kärt Ojavee and Eszter Ozsvald took influence from "Issey Miyake's ability to take traditional designs and techniques and reinvent them through new materials and technology" and the installation itself attempts to question the relationship between textiles and the user. If you can't make it to New York yourself to experience the piece, Cool Hunting's video (above) will give you a better idea of how it works.

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    1. Hassan
      17:46 24 Nov 2012
      Je vois bien une cle9 dans le coffret Black XS? C'est la cle9 du coeur de notre amouuerx, ou la cle9 de notre propre coeur qu'on offre ?Non parce que filer mes cle9s comme e7a, e7a me fait toujours un peu peur :)Merci pour cet e9ventail de parfum.
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  16. by Neal Bryant .

    Toccata - United Colors of Benetton Installation
    SHOWstudio Tech Updates

    Toccata is an interactive on-screen installation based on the illusion of playing with the forces of a physical environment that has been installed in United Colors of Benetton's research centre window in Italy.

    Similarly to Taking Liberty's and Visions Couture passersby are invited to stop and interact with the installation. In this instance a digital textile reacts to the movement, changing form and giving the impression that the user is altering the environment. The result looks very playful and the 'fabric' reacts beautifully to the movements of the user.

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