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One our favorite questions for people who have been using VDMX is to ask them how they would show it to someone who has never used it before and we are especially excited to see how teachers are introducing the software in classrooms and workshops. Everyone learns best in a different way and it is always helpful for us to see new approaches to VJ techniques. Last week we were joined for a guest tutorial by Kalma who showed off an example of how to get started with VDMX and for this post we are excited to get more information about the artist behind the workshops.
I’m Kalma, visual artist working with video projections since 2007. I do light installations, mapping, vjing, interactive pieces, music videos and almost everything related with video in real time.
My basic hardware equipment is a Macbookpro, a TASCAM soundcard, a bunch of MIDI controllers: 2 Nano Kontrols ( I prefer the version 1), 1 Nano PAD, a keyboard AKA LPK25, my beloved Behringer BCF2000… Also I have a DIY light sensor that I use to tranform light into sound. About software, depending on my necessities I use Madmapper, VDMX, Lumen ( a great video sinth ! ), Modul8, Quartz Composer…
At the moment I’m working in a video work for Kaltès & Nene H. that will release an EP under Eotrax label. I’m using a 3D Kinect to scan a human body and VDMX to apply different effects in real time. It’s dark, intense and very personal piece that is called Resist.
Also I’m developing my A/V installation Harmonic Waves. Until now it’s been shown as a prototype in galleries and festivals but the plan is to build it in a big scale, allowing the viewers to walk in between the huge geometric shapes.
My last project was premiered last month. I collaborated with DINA 13 a dance company from Cologne that work with people with disabilities ( and I learnt how much able they are! ) My work was to design the mapping on stage and perform live. I used Madmapper and VDMX and everything was incredibly smooth, even though I had 3 beamers playing HD content for the entire hour. Since then, I deeply love HAP codec 😉