video jockey

Following Screen as colour and other dialogue, I wanted to split a video input into three separate colour outputs. MAX was a way to do this. The software has internal video feedback effects along with easy controls for manipulating scale and form. 


Phase 1

First test using two projectors and rotating one. It becomes a screen that ignores the traditional rectangle format. The overlapping area in the centre demonstrates additive space.

Testing out different colour effects

Phase 2

Tests using webcam video input. The intentions behind these tests were to split the video into three separate colour channels and project each through individual projectors. But I had technical difficulties with connecting three displays to my laptop. Later realising I could only display on two projectors at a time. As a workaround, I used my phone to project the third screen via airplay. Another workaround was to place two or three channels on to the same projection.

Scaling and rotating the video inputs enabled me to create compelling visuals where screens exist within others.

I also explored different camera angles and positions and found that placing a webcam on the ground looking upwards created an unusual and invasive perspective.

Phase 3

Knowing the effect that holding a phone to the webcam would create a rainbow halo ripple effect from screen as: conversation, it did that to generate colour compositions. I like how the colours overlap to create new colours. I title this ‘Nebula Rectangles’.

Phase 4 - Interactivity

As with Screen as discussion, I opened up the video feedback to my peers. Similar to the results in the previous experiment, they had a lot of fun watching themselves in a psychedelic world. It consolidated that people like to see themselves reflected literally in the artwork they are viewing-it elevates their experience and makes the artwork seem more personal.

On the otherside of the camera

Phase 5

After having a lot of technical difficulty with projecting to three separate units, Andrew helped with providing the necessary equipment. As such, I was able to project through three projectors. This video shows the final phase that splits and pixelates video input, overlapping the projections to create a moving colour chart.


I had trouble with MAX because I wasn’t able to create anything that used the screen innovatively. This software has good application in the music industries. I had limited technical knowledge, or the desire to learn, the ins and outs of the deeper-level programming. As a result, a lot of the visuals looked like ‘everything else’ because I was doing the accessible, straightforward, top-level programming. I'm going to leave the experimentation with MAX here. It is a good indicator of how visual programming, code and projection can result in unique screen-practice experiences.

Tags: reconfiguring, interact, projection, reset