TRIBEZA, November, 2013.

Article: TRIBEZA Fashion Show
Project: Panamorphic Runway Backdrop

Design Team: Travis Cook, Alberto Rodriguez, Matt Fajkus, AIA, Garland Fielder, Thomas Johnston

The backdrop surface spans 32 feet between two structural columns.  The geometry is generated by manipulating three-dimensional grid points and triangulating surfaces from those points. The backdrop is constructed of painted 1/8” birch plywood panels and 3/4” birch plywood structural ribs. And duct tape. Lots of duct tape. 

Anticipating precise projector location and resolution facilitated the capturing of projector views and view sizes. This allowed subsequent manipulation of projected images aligned with the physical surface. Simple, shifting patterns of black and white were projected, altering the perception of surface geometry.

10 view points were established around the space. Using reverse projections - from viewpoint to surface and from surface to projector - the projected "distorted" geometry provides a "pure" perceived geometry from each view point.

The 10 views are then loop-animated so that they morph into one another, from 1 through 10 and back again.  In theory, each viewer experiences a brief instant where the text snaps into its ‘pure’ geometry before distorting to the next position in its loop.