Project MOE: Mobile Video Performance Pops Up at Clubs Across Europe

Posted by Brendan Brehm on Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Project MOE is somewhat difficult to describe because variation is an integral element of its design. For that reason, we’ll begin with a succinct description of Project MOE straight from its designers: “MOE is a light and video augmented modular construction.” Now, we’ll have to expand on that to give you a better understanding of what this construction is and why we are featuring it here on EntertainmentDesigner. But first, we’ll introduce the people behind Project Moe: Simon Morasi Pipercic and Vedran Kolac. Inspired by the use of projection mapping on buildings, these two Croatian audio-visual artists decided to collaborate on a modular video installation that could travel and adapt to a specific performance or space.

Project Moe’s adaptability is the result of its modular construction. It is an array of two different triangles made out of low density polyethylene. These triangles are then connected to each other to form a unique three-dimensional sculpture that breaks up the space it inhabits. Besides being light weight and easy to transport, the polyethylene material absorbs light in a way that makes the panels appear to glow by their own luminosity. When video is then projected onto the sculpture, it seems to move and dance of its own accord rather than passively receiving the projection.

The video and light portion of this project is controlled by the visual programming toolkit VVVV. Several layers of video are mapped onto each triangle and from there the show begins. Through real time audio response, Project Moe has been integrated into many live music and DJ performances. Video projections are nothing new in the realm of concerts and clubs, but what makes this visual element unique is its presence. Its three-dimensional composition carves up the space it occupies creating a much more dynamic platform for light and video than a two-dimensional screen can provide.

Project Moe, which is more specifically titled MOE II spatial, is the third incarnation of this modular video sculpture. The first MOE was constructed of similar material, but assembled with slotted panels that locked into one another which allowed for less variation in its assembly. MOE Decibel is similar to spatial except that it is more planar and more specifically suited for the stage. With MOE spatial, Pipercic and Kolac are only just beginning to explore the full potential of its limitless adaptability. On the project MOE website, you can view concept renderings that will give you an idea of the types of arrangements they are experimenting with.

If you want to see videos of MOE or find out where it will pop up next, you can do so on their facebook page.

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