Featured in this post are two different VJ sets by the Montreal based Baillat Cardell & Fils, who currently are on my top list of favorite graphics intros for simplicity combined with a slight sense of humor. I have to be honest that I don’t know a lot about the setup, what projectors were used, if they had control over the lighting etc. What drew my attention was the stage setup, in particular the structure or backdrop architecture if you will, and how Baillat Cardell & fils compliment it. In the setup above there are these simple geometric shapes cut out of the backdrop that allow for the lighting from behind to be shaped by it, and this is combined with projections on the surface that frenetically keep my eye from settling whether what I am seeing is the light from behind the surface or upon it, giving the whole thing a highly structure ‘all-breaking-loose’ feel to it, although I have to write that the strobe light is a bit over abused.
In this second video, from Mutek Mexico, we see a this half bowl or crown like shape that appears to cradle the artist. Of the many things that Baillat Cardell & fils do with this installation, the most playful of them to me is the flitting geometry that gives the slight impression that they are being emitted from the artist himself, a sort of visual compliment to the sounds that the artist is producing. There is of course a lot more to be seen and you really should look at the whole second video because from a visual material point of view there is a bit of inspiration in each segment and the overall timing in changing between visual material (be it somewhat coincidental or not) is somewhat impeccable.