Amon Tobin Front Row

The final live stream we did for Vivid this year was the one I anticipated the most. Amon Tobin‘s ISAM show has toured the world for a few years now (see my blog post). Video mapping is used on a series of cubes to display vibrant, futuristic visuals.

I’m not a massive fan of Tobin’s music – undoubtedly talented, but the lack of melody and harmony renders his electronic squelching landscapes somewhat cold for me. However, the way he immerses the music with the visuals creates an impressive synergy and I was blown away with the sheer audacity of what he presented last night.

Below are a number of screen shots taken via Google’s Front Row system, designed by Make Agency at Mark. Viocorp provided the live video streaming, and its been a pleasure to work on this world first project.

Via FRONTROW, you control the camera. Pan, zoom, and take your shot. Then edit and share with your friends.

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The world’s first spoken-word trending engine at TEDx Sydney

Viocorp have been a supporter of TEDx Sydney for many years now, streaming the sessions to the ABC and YouTube channel. This year though we were asked to be involved with something just a little bit different!

Below is the copy from the press release that appeared in Ad News.

Clemenger BDDO Sydney took to the recent TEDx ideas festival, rolling out a giant real-time, Twitter-based technological installation.
The agency described it as “the world’s first spoken-word trending engine”.

Dubbed ‘Mimeisthai‘, the installation aimed to dramatise the event’s theme of ‘Real.Live.Now‘ and visualised the flow of ideas around the room in real time, instantaneously feeding them back to the audience.

The installation required an array of directional and parabolic microphones to be strategically placed throughout the theatre, each connected to a unique speak-to-text engine. Snippets of conversation were then fed through the microphones as data, with their tone, location and intensity each analysed. The phrases were then broadcast onto the main screen as graphic art.

The result? A compelling and engaging look inside the minds of hundreds of forward-thinking creatives, encompassing obscure fleeting thoughts to profound statements.

Clemenger BBDO Sydney digital creative director, James Theophane, said the installation was inspired by the technological advances particularly in the gaming industry, and the knowledge that Wi-Fi has essentially “set us free”.

“Flapping arms and wiggling bums have fast replaced controllers and remotes in the gaming industry. As technologies governing social media advance, this too will experience an influx of invisible technology.

“In the not-so-distant future, idea exchange forums such as TEDx Sydney will contain spaces like Mimeisthai for people to share ideas, thoughts and conversations instantly across multiple channels, without the use of smartphones, laptops and other barriers. The wires, and controllers become invisible.”

Clemenger BBDO Sydney executive creative director, Paul Nagy, added: “Watching live conversations and ideas flock around a room is truly a thing of beauty.”

We win a Webby! Well, sort of.

Well the full credit goes to YouTube for their awesome Symphony project but it was very nice to work on it. For a few weeks, it was a world record live stream of 30million peole, with 1.8million more watching on smartphones, until the Royal Wedding beat the record.

People’s Voice Winner
YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Grand Finale
Link YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Grand Finale

Watch the highlights here

Vivid Live on YouTube

For the fourth year running we are live streaming parts of the Vivid Festival, and this time we’re streaming the gigs! Thats right – live on the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel you can see The Temper Trap, Imogen Heap and Amon Tobin

Check out this post I made on the Amon Tobin lightshow

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Slidedeck from AIMIA MIG presentation

Enjoyed attending and speaking at the AIMIA MIG (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association. Mobile Industry Group) yesterday

I gave some facts and stats on the mobile video space, both globally and locally in Australia (via Comscore), showcases our work with Deloitte, Splendour in the Grass and YouTube Symphony, outlined some key issues we find in the mobile video space, and set a challenge for the group to create a live mobile streaming project.

Here are my slides

A more comprehensive version with all the Comscore research is available at this webcast here

Speaking on mobile video at AIMIA MIG

The next Mobile Industry Group meeting is just around the corner and following the results of the survey circulated last month, we now have a new meeting time!

MIG meetings will now be held on the first Monday of the month with the next meeting scheduled for Monday 7th of May from 3:30- 5:30pm.

This month’s meeting is not to be missed; we’ll be joined by Nick Bolton from Viocorp to discuss Mobile Video, Robert Wong (AIMIA Retail Industry Group chair) will present a run down on the retail industry and its strategy for mobile and we will be reviewing the current communications strategy.

As we would like your ideas on guest speakers for the next few meetings, please note the topics for the upcoming months:

Mobility and cross device experiences
Web/hybrid/Native Apps
The minutes from the previous meeting can be found here and the complete meeting agenda can be found here.

Full meeting details are as follows:

Date: Monday 7 May 2012
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Venue: Nokia Offices: Level 21, 1 Market Street, Sydney 2000

Live streaming of Macbeth for Bell Shakespeare

Viocorp were again commissioned to live stream the Q&A with the Cast and Crew of Bell Shakespeare‘s latest production of Macbeth.

Macbeth is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, having studied it at English A-Level. 22 years ago my Dad took me to Stratford upon Avon, the home of Shakespeare to see a production there. Dad was visiting me in Sydney so it was great to take him to see it again. Not quite sure he understood the concept of live streaming and twitter questions!

Its a great production – a sparse heathen set, with clouded mirrors overhead create an eerie atmosphere which is backed up by an excellent score. I loved the high pitch piercing sund whenrver Mcbeth was on his own – the sign of madness.

Colin Moody was excellent as Duncan, Kate Mulvany brought a delicious wickedness to the role of Lady Macbeth – she reminded me of many of today’s C-List celebrities focussed in their quest for their 5 minutes of fame.
Spielman was very good yet I found him miscast – he just didn’t look like a soldier or a leader to me.
The star for me was Lizzie Schebesta (below) who channelled all three witches, in a very erotic manner, flirting with Macbeth magnificently, complete with microphone to distort her voice. She also played supporting roles including young sons to great effect.

The live webcast:
Have you got a question for Peter Evans? Or for Dan Spielman or Kate Mulvany? It’s your chance to ask the director and our panel of actors about the show.

Join us online and post your questions live on the conversation feed or tweet them with #BellQA.

See you tonight!

See you then!Macbeth – brave, strong and patriotic – happens upon three witches who predict he will soon be King. It’s a prophecy he distrusts but one his wife becomes utterly seduced by. Peter Evans, Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Artistic Director, fulfills a long-held ambition to collaborate with Dan Spielman in the title role, and Kate Mulvany who plays his highly erotic wife.

This season’s Macbeth reveals what the lure of power can do to a marriage and the devastation it can wreak on a nation.

We produced an interesting live webcast today for eBay from a breakfast seminar that launched some new research on online retailing.

Watch the webcast here

Welcome to the Online Business Index, eBay’s annual survey of Australian businesses engaged in ecommerce

The Hon David Bradbury MP – Assistant Treasurer – Minister Assisting for Deregulation
Deborah Sharkey – Vice President – eBay
Catherine Taouk – International Brand Manager – SUPRÉ
Richard Umbers – Executive General Manager – Parcels / Australia Post
Russell Zimmermanstrong – Executive Director – Australian Retailers Association

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room is an innovative series of performances broadcast viewable exclusively online around the globe, as they happen.

Five artists each present works for the BMW Tate Live Performance Room beginning with choreographer and dancer Jérôme Bel on 22 March 2012 and continuing monthly with Pablo Bronstein, Harrell Fletcher, Joan Jonas and Emily Roysdon. Audiences can pose questions to the artist and curators, and interact with other viewers via social media.

You are invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room via Tate’s YouTube channel at 20.00 hrs in the UK and at exactly the same moment across the globe on the specified dates.

So if you are on the East Coast of America, log on at 15.00 hrs for a mid-afternoon art break, if you are located in Europe then join us at 21.00 hrs for an evening performance and for those in Russia, needing some late night art at 23.00 hrs.

The global audience are encouraged to chat with other viewers via social media channels during the performance and to put questions to the artists or curator following it using Tate’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and the Twitter hashtag #BMWTateLive.

This ground-breaking series is completely unlike anything Tate has done before.
The events will be broadcast live to anyone with an internet connection, bringing the global community together to experience the Tate programme simultaneously wherever you are in the world.
Each performance will be archived and available to view online at a later date.

See Jérôme Bel online on 22 March, Pablo Bronstein on 26 April, Emily Roysdon on 31 May, Harrell Fletcher on 28 June and Joan Jonas later in the year.

BMW Tate Live is a partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space.

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room is the inaugural strand of the partnership and features five commissions in 2012.