Give it a Go: Projection

PAST EVENT: To find out what’s next in the Give it a Go Workshop series click here.
This event took place on November 19th
Venue: 49 – 51 High Street (former ASK building)

Ever wondered how large-scale projection on public buildings is made? Ever wanted to play around with projected light and images?

Maggie and Sam held this free workshop where participants could get a beginner’s guide to projection mapping. Projection mapping is the process of transforming static objects (like buildings) into painted canvases for video, bringing them to life by adding movement and extra dimensions while playing with visual effects and optical illusions.

There were two different ways to get involved in the workshop:

  1. One was a drop in for children and adults where you can use an iPad to draw around yourself and other objects and then project the images onto walls. For this one you could stay for as long as you like; 10 mins or 1 hour, it was up to you.
  2. The second element was available to 10 people only and was a more in depth process over the 3 hours where participants learned how to projection map a part of the building they were in.

You could drop in on the day (ages 8+) but to take part in the full 3 hour experience (which is only available to 10 people) you had to book in advance.

Maggie Slabon is the Technical Manager at Shoreditch Town Hall and a freelancing projection designer. She also works as a supporting lecturer in lighting and projection in the Theatre Arts department at Middlesex University. She hones her craft through indulging in contemporary art and diverse events. She enjoys the thrill of creating interactive and mixed reality environments that expand the realm of perception.

Sam Evans is the Associate Director with Creative Crawley and also Head of Production at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Sam has worked as Production & Technical Manager with a range of organisations including Oval House, Fuel and Fevered Sleep.

No experience was necessary. Suitable for all ages (age 8+ recommended). All children had to be accompanied by an adult.

This Give it a Go workshop was part of a season to celebrate 75 years of the new town where Crawley Borough Council lit up and enlivened Crawley town centre from 18 to 20 November with lanterns and light installations in Memorial Gardens. There was also a ‘Tales of Crawley’ promenade performance on the High street, bandstand entertainment and street performances. The festive weekend ended with the annual Christmas tree lights switch-on in Queens Square on Sunday, November 20th.

You could also have stayed in town and witnessed the Night Watch film trail we were producing as part of the event around the streets of Crawley town centre by videoclub at. There were two trails: 5 pm and 6.30 pm. For more info about this event click here.

The Enliven: Give it a Go workshop programme is produced by Creative Crawley and funded by Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District.