An interactive light sculpture installed at Burning Man 2019 in Black Rock City Nevada. The sculpture is a large-scale “Light Cannon” powered by the human voice. The light source is a custom designed LED spot light with a unique liquid cooled system. The Cannon generates a super bright beam of light (350,000 lumens) that blasts upward into the sky when participants collaborate by making sounds into microphones to create a shared vibration. The installation encourages expressing one's voice and using the sculpture as a conduit to channel the group's vibrations visualized as an intense beam of light. This sculpture aims to communicate the true potential and beauty of our collective voice.
The sound design is a major part of the experience, so the soundscapes and activation effects where produced by remixing samples of traditional instruments such as singing bowls and gongs to create a hypnotic atmosphere.
Lead Artist: Joshua John Pipic (Vision / Fabrication / Lighting Design )
Lead Sound Designer: Rob Malone (Instrumentalist / Sound Engineer)
Lead Industrial Designer: Arthur Harsuvanakit (Waterjet Operator)
Lead Developer: Harvey Moon (Show Control / Lighting)
Lead Electrical Engineer: Josh Billions (Hardware / Lighting)
Fabrication Team: Hugh Vanho / Marcelo Pereira / Jacob Johnson / AJ Romine / Ian Hanson / Igor Kurganov
Install Team: Marcelo Pereira / Diego Pereira / Rob Malone / Griffin Ferrante / Josh Billions
This jewelry collection is a personal project I've been working on for a few years. I first 3D printed each piece in high-resolution wax, then cast them in precious metals. I learned silversmithing, lapidary and casting techniques at a young age, which led to the concept of Labyrinth fifteen years later. To explore the collection visit LabyrinthJewelry.co
Role: Art Direction, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Metalsmithing, Photography
Obscura partnered with GE and BBDO to create “Unseen Stars”, a 9-minute projection show celebrating 12 female scientists depicted as constellations on the ceiling of Grand Central Station in NYC.
The ceiling is 275ft long by 120ft wide. We used 32 Christie 4K 30,000 lumen projectors for a total of 960,000 lumens. 16 projectors were installed on the balcony on the north side of the Main Concourse, and 16 were atop a custom truss structure we constructed over the ramp from Vanderbilt Hall on the south.
Role: Creative Direction
For the 2017 Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Obscura build a 120′ dome called The Antarctic — the largest geodesic projection dome in the world — and produced Chrysalis, an 8-minute immersive journey that was projected at massive scale in full 360º with surround sound for audiences of 500 throughout two weekends.
For the intro of the show we traveled to Joshua Tree National Park and projection-mapped famous rock formations with psychedelic animations, and captured video plates of the various locations. I directed the shoot and oversaw the projection process. Then we sequenced the show back in our production studio.
Role: Creative Director, Video Production Director, Projectionist
For New York Fashion Week the conceptual fashion studio V Group wanted to showcase their new book ZeroZero Vol2. To promote the book we built a pop-up installation with experimental projection. The audience was given red triangular filters, which reveal hidden videos inside the projections. I collaborated with Red Paper Heart to concept the event and tag team on the production. Book photography by Miles Aldridge.
Role: Creative Direction, Cinematography, Concept Animation, Video Editing, Space Planning
For Harper’s Bazaar 150th Anniversary Obscura projection-mapped the Empire State Building in NYC. We co-curated the top 150 photos from the magazine's rich 150 year history, then produced a 30min animated projection show, honoring Harper’s world-famous photographers, fashion designers and models.
Role: Creative Director
This piece was a personal experiment I created recently for a poster. First I photographed all the crystals, then photoshopped it all together. Researching the crystals was really interesting as I learned about each geode and it's origins.
For the 4th Annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi UAE, Obscura was tasked with creating an immersive tour through the historical fortress. The heart of the festival revolves around passing on the culture and traditions of the Emirati people and the fort itself. The Qasr Al Hosn immersive tour featured three separate projection-mapped environments that brought the past to life, through elaborate animations, historical footage, and an informative narrative.
Role: Creative Director
A CNC cut bronze sculpture with a holographic screen controlled by an embedded Leap Motion gesture-tracking device. A one-of-a-kind gift for a cancer research institute.
Role: Creative Director, Art Director, Industrial Designer
For the NY International Auto Show, Bentley requested Your Majesty in collaboration with Momentum and Red Paper Heart to build a pop-up exhibit in the Meat Packing District. So we created an interactive installation that used RFID cards with a custom Cinder based app and a Leap Motion device to pilot the experience with hand gestures. I lead the installation visualization process and physical build out, as well as other direction.
Role: Creative Direction, 3D Concept Artist, Interaction Designer, Display / Furniture Designer, Camera man, Video Editor
This illustration is from a series of portraits of music artists I started a few years back. In this portrait Yolandi Visser (Anri du Toit) of Die Antwoord is looking tough as ever. Graphite on paper.
54 illustrators were asked to take part in the Creative Cards project and illustrate a playing card to create a complete deck of cards. I was honored to take part and create a card on behalf of Your Majesty. I was asked to illustrate the Three of Clubs card, so I came up with a piece that played off the concept of three medieval battle clubs.
At the Us Open Tennis tournament Your Majesty was asked to create an interactive experience for the fans. Using motion-tracking we transformed fans’ tennis swings into generative art. We custom built tennis racquets with embedded motion sensors that interacted with a Cinder based system for participants to generate a collaborative mural on a 30’ LED screen.
We also built an automated photo booth that shot bursts of stroboscopic photography and output dynamically generated art prints for the fans to take home.
Role: Creative Direction, 3D Concept Artist, 3D Animation, Video Editing
Brooklyn based jewelry designer Elizabeth Knight needed a redesign of her branding and website. I started with redoing her branding, then shot photography of her jewelry, then redesigned her website Elizabethknightjewelry.com
Role: Art Direction, Photography, Interface Design, Branding
This kinetic sculpture of our solar system was exhibited at Burning Man 2014 in Black Rock City. I was honored to be a welder on the project. Within it's core there is a gearbox that was designed to drive all the planetary arms at varying speeds. I built the arms that hold Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn. I also worked on the fiberglass molds for the planets. A special thank you to Gescykae Welz who was the lead artist and visionary.
Role: Metal sculptor, steel welder, fiberglass sculptor
This series of photography is part of of a research project for River Rock medical cannabis center in Dever Colorado. I photographed samples of live specimens using a specialized DSLR Microscope rig that enabled me to shoot 2,000X, that's 2000 times the human eye. This photography is used to educate medical cannabis patients about the science of the plant.
Role: Microscope Photography
This illustration is from a series of portraits of music artists I started recently. In this portrait Fever Ray (Karin Dreijer Andersson) is depicted wearing a tribal costume. She wore this costume during her last world tour. Graphite on paper.
For the release of the Nike Free 5.0 in the NikeiD store, Your Majesty was asked to visualize the construction process in an abstract way in 3D. So I took the lead modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering the Nike Free shoe. These designs where used to indicate to a customer at what stage their shoe is in the construction process.
Role: Art Direction, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Animating, Lighting, Rendering
This illustration was a personal project in honor of my obsession with motorcycles. BMW never put this concept bike into production, but I wish they did. Its design is equal parts cafe racer and super sport bike. Graphite on paper.