In case you hadn’t noticed, the University of Salford are doing some very exciting things at the moment. With their new Mediacity:uk presence sharing a building with ITV and being near the BBC, their media students are going to have some great opportunities.
This Saturday (November 12) will see Lowry’s painting of Piccadilly Gardens from 1954 brought to life in 2011. How the hell would they do this, you ask?
Well, a digital projection in Piccadilly Gardens will project the movements of passersby into a screen where special motion capture technology will transfer their movements to Lowry characters. People will be able to stand in front of the screen and see themselves depicted as a Lowry painting character.
Over at Mediacity:uk, visitors will be able to see the entire painting re-created with Piccadilly Gardens and the characters, with movements taken from real-time shoppers and passersby.
Lowry didn’t paint many recognisable Manchester or Salford landmarks – many of his paintings were composite, or of places that don’t exist anymore – so this is a really interesting painting. Not sure what Lowry himself would have made of the Communist-looking concrete Piccadilly Gardens of today.
This innovative stunt is just one part a showcase of digital art and technology at the university’s Mediacity building, called Believe. It sounds like there’s loads of cool stuff going on there this weekend.
You can visit the university’s onsite TV studios and virtually star in an adventure with BBC’s Dinosaur Planet and then download the clip to keep forever. In the building’s ground floor exhibition space guests can have a go at some fun digital video games on iPad-like touchscreen tables, while a dazzling 7m x 3m video wall with the world’s best resolution will show impressive film and animation.
Called Believe, the event is free of charge and is open from 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday, November 12 at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2HE.
Visit www.salford.ac.uk/believe for more information.