Altered states with just jack for the red bull music academy tour

So over easter weekend I was invited by Rob for Just Jack to work with the amazingly clever Danceroom Spectroscopy team to create some interactive visuals for this party. It was a great collaboration with Phil Tew righting a new program for me to be able to feed my images in to the DS supercomputer (named vader!) The idea is that the particles from the DS system would react with my images and the music being played on the night. We worked out that to get the best out of this I was going to VJ live for the entire night which was daunting and very cool at the same time. I spent a week learning how to use the new program that had been created for me. Learning how to make my images move around getting the best out of the particles. Over the week my confidence grew to the point when i was liberally adding spinning pineapples and kaleidoscopic leopard print. We were ready to go! Dr. Tom Mitchell, Mike O’Connor and myself were there on the night. Me on the images, Tom on the colours and mike controlling Vadar. It was a amazing experience were all the different creative elements were working together and vibing of each other. Lead by the music I moved the images around and then the DS particles reacted off my images and also the music creating a symbiotic reletionship a kind of 'Gesamtkunstwerk' meaning 'Gesamtkunstwerk (translated as total work of art, ideal work of art,universal artwork,synthesis of the artscomprehensive artworkall-embracing art form or total artwork) is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so'

About the party

Just Jack and the prolific DJ Koze will provide the arena for an exploration of the Amygdala (a.k.a. the part of the brain responsible for autonomic responses) and emotional language within hidden energy fields: an experiment that puts H. G. Wells' imagination to shame.

The human emotional connection with music goes beyond the sparks and flutters of chemicals in the brain, and can reach us on a deeply spiritual level – just ask anyone who's had an epiphany in the middle of a sweaty, dystopian techno rager. 

As if Dj Koze and ItaloJohnson weren't enough, we'll be welcoming Victoria Topping Artist and Royal Society Research Fellow, Dr. David Glowacki along with his team of experts in Danceroom Spectroscopy (Becky Sage, Dr. Tom Mitchell and Prof. Joseph Hyde) to provide a large-scale, interactive molecular dynamics experience, using 3D video technology alongside 2 custom-built supercomputers to interpret the emotional and spiritual energy fields hidden within our human bodies

The audience will use their energy fields to steer a rigorous molecular physics simulation, and generate visualisations and soundscapes in real-time.

Photo and video credits: Red Bull photographers Athena Anastasiou & Steve Stills. Theo Cottle and myself