In the ruins of a 400-year-old convent, Greg Mitchell will perform magic. The architecture, he said, will “change and vanish before your eyes.” It’s not hocus-pocus, though; it’s a technological wizardry that Mitchell, an assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Theater and Dance, has practiced around the world.
The magic Mitchell wields is projection mapping, which uses an array of high-powered projectors, sophisticated software and media editing to place images in specific places on architecture. “You can highlight and do all sorts of strange things with the architecture,” he explained. “You can also warp it and make it appear to completely crumble or perhaps have plants growing out of it.”
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