My name is Peter Thiedeke, and I am a lecturer and a PhD candidate at the Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University, Brisbane Australia. My research and practice are working with hybrid lens-based imagery for screen and immersive installations. I also design and teach several courses in still and moving image for undergraduate students of art and design at the QCA. I am hoping that you will allow me to develop a project in good faith, and with respect for your work and for your wishes, for research and teaching purposes.
The moving imagery below is made from a video recording of a section of the animated wind facade that you created for the Anthony John Group at their Southpoint development in Brisbane, Australia. The Emporium Hotel, a part of the Southpoint development, has installed many LED screens of differing sizes, specifications and aspect ratios in various parts of the hotel’s interior. These screens form a fantastic platform for experimentation with moving imagery. I have been speaking with the Anthony John Group, and they are very keen to support my students and me to develop new ideas. There would not be any commercial aspects or any financial exchanges involved in this project, and it is intended for research and teaching purposes only.
My students and I see your work every day as it is directly opposite the QCA and it is a source of much fascination and discussion a the college. By referring to your exemplary work, and the imagery that I have made that would suit two of Emporium’s bespoke LED screens, I wish to help students to develop concepts and imagery of their own that is based on a variety of art and design exemplars. They would produce moving imagery for the hotel’s screens as ‘mirrors’ that reflect the built environment. This process is also very beneficial to my own research into how different types of imagery and screens enable different kinds of sensorial experiences.
Please consider this idea and let me know how you feel about it, or if you would like any more details. I would be more than delighted to share any progress and imagery that we make with you.
FHEA, Lecturer, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Office 6.26, Building S02, 226 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Q.4101
T: 373 53170 M: 0467 021 485
This image is made from a composite of video recording of Ned Kahn’s wind facade (below right) at the Southpoint development in Brisbane, Australia. It is a speculative prototype image as a ‘mirror’ that reflects the built environment, for viewing on Emporium Hotel’s 18 metre wide LED screen that is situated in the porte cochére. Motion sickness affects approximately 30% of people and the vast size of the screen requires careful image design considerations, including the speed, pixel pitch and the degree of image motion across the screen’s large surface. It is anticipated that after testing this image on this screen, the speed, animation and resolution would need to be adjusted accordingly. The image content, compositing and editing details would then be finalised.
The composite image to the left is also made from video recording to the right and is a speculative image design for the Emporium Hotel’s mirrored elevators.
The rear wall and floor of the elevator have large screens embedded in them and the remaining walls, ceiling and the door are all mirrored in their entirety. The moving image would fold upwards by 90º at approximately 1/3 of the way up from its bottom edge to fit the elevator’s screens which are at placed adjacently and at 90º to each other.
It is anticipated that the illusion and the immersive effect would be enhanced by the repetition, or the ‘infinite’ image, that is reflected into itself from most viewing angles. Potentially, it may even ‘reveal a volume instead of a plane’ as in Ned Kahn’s Wind Cube, Santa Rosa (Kahn, 2005). It is also anticipated that, as viewers perceive themselves inside the image, as it moves across the floors, walls and ceiling, that there would be an extra-sensory dimension. As the elevator ascends and descends. the corporeal sensations could potentially increase the sense of immersion into the image.