Workshop - Interior Video Mapping: Sculpting with Light



Date: 15 – 20 September 2014 | Venue: USJ Room B04 Audiovisual Studio

Date: 15 – 20 September 2014

Time: 5pm – 10pm

VenueRoom B04 Communication StudioUniversity of Saint Joseph, Rua de Londres 16, Macau, China 


Applicants please fill in the Skills Questionnaire(click to download) and provide examples of works (reel, portfolio, etc.) properly identified via links (Youtube, Vimeo, etc) upon registration and email to


Students should have basic computer skills on moving images (video or animation).


The primary goal of the workshop is to introduce and consolidate a set of basic knowledge about the technique and art of video mapping as the art of projecting images on three-dimensional surfaces.

Alongside the theoretical and technical component, is intended to develop practical projects of video mapping with students, which culminate on a final presentation to the class. This way, students can put into practice the knowledge acquired and exercise creativity in collaboration with other colleagues.

The sessions will be organized into 3 distinct sections: (1) historical background and theory; (2) setting up hardware and software; (3) creative work sessions.

For the accomplishment of the artistic project, we intend to explore the possibility of including an open space devoted to the basic field of bamboo construction and paper techniques (used in the construction of kites and room dividers). The exploration of such techniques aim to function as a complement for creating objects-sculptures that can also serve as projection areas for the work developed.

Theoretical Topics

  • The beginnings of video mapping: the cross-stitch, film, slide show, the pixel and live visuals
  • Case studies: the creative collectives and individual cases
  • The two main strands: artistic applications and functional applications; the free creation versus functional design
  • The architectural space, volumetric, light and shadows: the geometry of space
  • The look, the imagination and the urban space; the potential of interiors spaces
  • Codes of communication involved in the creation of mapping: film, music video, animation, sculpture and architecture
  • The audiovisual narrative; the relationship between music and the temporal dimension

Video mapping production techniques

  • Equipment involved: hardware, software
  • Types of mapping, calibration, overlapping projections, creating masks
  • Facades vs. Objects; concave or convex surfaces, shadows, three-dimensionality

Target Audience

Academic community, art students and artists in general interested in developing video mapping skills.


João Nuno Brochado

João Nuno Brochado was born in 1983 in Porto, Portugal, within a family strongly connected to the arts. He quickly gets interested in photography and cinema and at age 9 he visits the Moving Image Museum in London and decides what to do when he grows up. At 15 creates his first documentary about the St. John National Theatre, for a school project. In 2001 he enrols in the School of Arts of the Catholic University, where he graduates in Sound and Image. During those years he works in documentaries, commercials, live events and cinema, and his final project “TAX FREE” was selected for more than 20 festivals and won several awards. In 2006 he did a New York Film Academy’s workshop, and later was an teacher assistant there. He also did an internship at Utopia Filmes studios, in Lisbon. In 2007, his entrepreneurial spirit led him with 3 friends, to create “Cimbalino Filmes” studios in Porto. There he has been directing and producing projects: promotional films for brands like Vodafone, SuperBock, Port Wine but also television shows, music videos, movies like “Tokyo Porto 9 hours” and “Down to the Sea”. He also participated in the creation of multiple virtual scenarios in videomapping technic, for theathre plays, concerts and events.


Vitor Joaquim

Laptop experimentalist, sound and visual artist, teacher graduated in sound and film directing.
He started performing music and working with contemporary dance by the mid 80’s. Since then, he has created extensively for dance, theatre, video, installations and cross media platforms all over Europe.

He has five solo cd releases, a few collaborations and a large number of releases in compilations and remixes. Filament, his fifth solo release was nominated for best Experiment on Qwartz Awards 2013, and listed as one of the best drone/ambient works by Indie Rock Magazine (2011).  In 2006, Flow cd was listed by the Wire magazine as one of the best electronic records of the year. In 1997, the cd Tales From Chaos (under the alias Free Field) was considered one of the 10 records of the year and one of the 10 Portuguese electronic music of all times.

Simultaneously to his work on sound and music associated with live visuals, he directed a few pieces in contemporary performance, video art and video mapping. In 2009 he was commissioned to directed O Mistério das Coisas for Guimarães Capital of Culture, a piece that is a seminal experience in video mapping  in Portugal.

From 2000 to 2009, he produced EME Festival, an event dedicated to experimental sound and visual arts, and has advised programmers and curators in several festivals and events in Europe.

He has been teaching and coordinating sound and audio-visuals in art schools since the 90’s. At the moment, he is a researcher in computer arts at CITAR, the Research Center for Science and Technology in Art at UCP, Porto, where he is also teaching.

O Mistério das Coisas: