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‘New Work All Play’ in different stages of planning. Once the template was settled on it was taken to Fred Aldous, an arts and craft shop and Manchester institution, where the Pepakura design was transferred on to 30 x A1 sheets of white card.


work using a mobile device.


The head itself was modelled in order to be as asexual and androgynous as possible, the idea being to provide a projection surface that was suitable for both male and female faces.


Once designed the head was then ‘unfold- ed’ using Pepakura, a software program that digitally unfolds any 3D model to a 2D tem- plate, providing the appropriate flaps and folds to allow it to be stuck back together in the physical world.


This template data was then taken to Fred Aldous, a century-old arts and craft shop and Northern Quarter institution, where a laser-cutting machine was drafted in to apply the Pepakura design to 30 x A1 sheets of 300gsm white card. The laser cutter even managed to do the scoring along the fold lines.


Then the team at The Neighborhood, com- plete with 80 strangely cut pieces of card, started to assemble their creation, putting the head back together by hand. The whole process took about four days from start to finish and produced a 5ft tall physical mod- el ready for video and animated footage to be projected straight on to. The space at Faulkner House, where the head was located, was an enclosed, blacked out room and the head was illuminated solely by the footage and animations which were light projected on to the head’s surface. This was achieved by using a simple setup of a single Epson consumer level HD projector. A multiple projector set up was originally considered, however, due to the single-viewing angle planned via the web- cam, multiple projectors didn’t need to be installed.


The projection mapping and the in- teractive projection for the pro- ject was carried out in VVVV+ and a combination of a Logitech 920 Webcam and Wirecast were used to run the broad- casting online.


This project, with a fraction of the budget, created an artwork that was both engaging and inspiring, tiny in comparison to some of the bigger productions staged as part of this year’s Festival, but just as innovative. www.the-neighbourhood.com


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