October 5, 2022

R.A.V.E.N. VR stand at GameForce Belgium 2022

After a whole day of building up the R.A.V.E.N. stand at Heysel's Paleis 1 in Brussels, the R.A.V.E.N. staff (along with their flexible student / freelance workforces) welcomed over a thousand game-fanatics easily, spread over the course of two days. Once the event was declared officially 'over', and the last few visitors were kindly requested to leave the building, that's when it was time for us to break everything back down again on-site.

Last weekend felt very exhausting, I won't lie about this. But at the same time, it was also a very enriching experience. I gained quite some insight in a couple of technical aspects around VR, and got to appreciate the 'power' of those tools more.

But most importantly, I genuinely loved working with the other R.A.V.E.N. VR staff members (+ the externals). There's an interesting dynamic that comes with this 'start-up' that makes you feel like strong friendships can be built quite quickly over there, if you're willing to put in the effort yourself.

The way in which many of their workforces are truly bilingual (Dutch + French) also plays a huge part in this for me personally.

September 30, 2022

Helping out John & Jane at Tour & Taxis Brussels with Blue Dolphin Logistics

On Tuesday we were asked by the John & Jane audiovisual crew to come and join them into setting up all things necessary for a big business event soon to be happening at Tour & Taxis.

It's definitely not the first time working with Blue Dolphin Logistics for me, nor with John & Jane actually; But still, this one felt slightly different than normal! Let me explain.

In a way the abusive amounts of light gear, trusses, and flight cases reminded me a bit of my natural VJ habitat. That's unlike many other 'logistic' jobs, where all you get to work with are a few dozen of chairs, tables, candles, and cups. And if you're very lucky, maybe you'll get to set up a lamp or two, on a stick. ;-)

Although it was a physically tiring workday at Tour & Taxis, it was definitely worth the sweat! Working along friendly and motivated staff plays a huge role in this of course.

September 26, 2022

Stumbled upon a group of friendly sky gazers last night in the city

When meeting up with some friends in the Sainte-Catherine area last night, we literally stumbled upon this group of friendly youngsters looking to the skies through a telescope.

They are the BXLunatics, and apparently they meet up every week to do so! We can call ourselves extra lucky, because if we ought to believe these 'street astronomers', Jupiter just made its closest approach to earth in 59 years.

Each of us got the opportunity to see both Saturn with its rings and Jupiter with its moons. 🔭🌕✨

My friend Borin Kaduk looking at Jupiter

September 19, 2022

Got myself a new mouse to match my old keyboard!

But really, my previous mouse just failed me with a broken middle mouse button. *sigh*

Previously owning both a Logitech keyboard (G413) and mouse (G403), I now find myself owning both a Razer keyboard (BlackWidow V3) and mouse (Basilisk X HyperSpeed).

Feel free to read my blog post about how my new BlackWidow V3 compares to my previous G143.

I genuinely hope both the Razer keyboard and mouse will last at least a few years longer compared to their Logitech alternatives. I guess I'll just have to use them a lot, and see for myself whether they actually keep up in the long run!

September 13, 2022

R.A.V.E.N. Zaventem Virtual Reality Freelance / Student Job

I was asked as a freelance / student to provide some help with guiding the R.A.V.E.N. Zaventem clients into their (first) Virtual Reality experiences.

As a VR-assistant, it was one of my main duties to make sure all games were set-up and launched properly, using the correct server settings. As well as insuring that the VR-equipments were ready to be (re-) used and applied correctly to the clients' heads at all times, so that they would feel comfortable wearing the gear for long periods of play time.

I must say that I was left amazed by the high production level of this relatively young start up. They really seem to pay great attention to those details that matter in delivering a smooth user experience here at R.A.V.E.N., truly impressive!

September 7, 2022

Culprate’s new album, αριθμός τέσσερα

Have been listening to Culprate since 2011.

When he announced launching a crowdfunding campaign for his brand-new album, promising a spiritual successor to his previous albums Colours and Deliverance, I was immediately on board with the whole idea, no-doubt.

One of the tiers to be claimed contained a Special Credits Mention, with only 10 spots available to fill.

Well, you know what I had to do with that one don't you? I'm extremely proud to be displayed as Florian Giroul (Trowflox) on the inside of his new album sleeve!

Along the Special Credits Mention, I also purchased the The Silver Package. This included

1 x Deliverance 12" Repress
1 x New Album Double LP (+ Digital Copy)

August 27, 2022

Got myself some quite effective Night Glassesᵀᴹ :-)

Actually, they're the Somnilight Amber Sleep Glasses to be correct. And I totally love them.

As an all-nighter VJ / daytime worker, I'm forced into the Dolphin Sleep Chronotype (I'm usually more of a Wolf Chronotype).

Drastically toning down all incoming blue light for a few hours before going to bed helps a whole lot for me personally.

August 24, 2022

My stickers are already gaining visibility in the city 👀

Feeling totally flattered to notice an Instagram-user going by the handle "@m_a_g_i_q_u_e_s" posting an image of one of my TROWFLOX stickers on their profile.

Funny to me is how I don't seem to recognize the red background my sticker is applied to. This implies some of my friends probably took a few of my stickers to spread them around the city themselves.

Thanks, you guys! :-)

August 22, 2022

Pukkelpop 2022 Boiler – Day 4/4

Had the chance to VJ two sets in a row on my own for this final day of PKP22.

Both Biesmans (LIVE) at 17.00-18.00 and Denis Sulta at 18.00-19.30, in the Boiler.

For the Biesmans set I used my regular type of visuals, but tailored to fit more with the slightly longer pace of electro-house music (compared to the usual Drum & Bass for me).

Notice in this full recording of the Biesmans set provided by Proximus Pickx how I allow myself some individual artistic freedom, all the while making sure not to overpower the overall atmosphere. Keeping in mind the DJ's work and light crew's actions at all times.

Denis Sulta brought his own visuals-pack to play with. That was also a véry fun one to pull off. This set felt more like a 'video operating' job, compared to actually VJing w/ ones's own loops and FXs. But surprisingly, I liked it a whole lot.

I also found a piece of Noisia's DJ set online, on Proximus Pickx as well. VJ'ed with the five of us for that one, yesterday at the Boiler. Happy to see most visual compositions are looking great actually! Although I can't help to notice at times our collective timing is quite off, making us lose some dynamic momentum throughout the whole set.

August 20, 2022

Pukkelpop 2022 Boiler – Day 3/4

Today I found that I actually prefer to VJ full sets entirely on my own, compared to mixing back-to-back together with two (or more) other VJs.

Those sets tend to be a bit too chaotic to my taste, and it's actually extremely difficult to focus on the DJ's music, the light technician's work, your own VJ content, and then also trying to constantly anticipate what the other VJ(s) might throw in, all at the same time.

Being with multiple of us video nerds together in the PKP Boiler FOH is genuinely a fun experience. But actually VJ'ing all together, at the same time, feels close to a nightmare to me personally. It makes me feel like at some point I have close to almost no control whatsoever over what is happening on screen.

August 19, 2022

Pukkelpop 2022 Boiler – Day 2/4

An insanely huge item just got checked off my bucket list.

Tonight in the PKP Boiler, we VJ'ed for The Noisia. I'm truly in heaven.

They delivered hard. And we tried to support them as much as we could in elevating their execution to even greater heights.

I don't have any footage from our massive set, but I do have a visual of the SDI camera feed glitching during Ilse Liebens's DJ set. (-:

August 18, 2022

Pukkelpop 2022 Boiler – Day 1/4

And, we're live! Kicked off in a pretty productive flow with the team.

We labeled off all of our individual MIDI-controllers, so we would be able to take over each other's set if needed. I must say, it does give me some peace of mind to see everything labeled off that clearly (incl. my own set).

DJ Used played all of his familiar DnB tracks tonight.

Truly felt like being at Inceptionz for about an hour!

August 17, 2022

Pukkelpop 2022 Boiler – Day 0/4

Preparations

This is our 5-headed team for the next 4 coming days:

Elise Boes, Dennis Baptist, Aitor Biedma, Pieter Steyaert, and myself.

We will be using a 15-input video mixer to switch between / combine different video outputs from each individual VJ set.

There are still some physical issues to be fixed (display scaling, refresh rate, ...).

But otherwise, we are so ready to go!

August 16, 2022

VJ Calendar Late 2022 (Aug-Dec)

  • 07-10/07 Les Ardentes @Rocourt/Ans Liège
  • 05/08 Inceptionz @IKON Antwerp
  • 18-21/08 Pukkelpop Boiler @Kiewit Hasselt
  • 17/09 *Pending event* @Roeselare
  • 24/09 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 30/09 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 15/10 *Pending event* @Ghent
  • 28/10 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 10/11 *Pending event* @Ghent
  • 19/11 *Pending event* @Roeselare
  • 03/12 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 23/12 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 31/12 Invaderz NYE edition @Entrepot Bruges

August 15, 2022

Inceptionz Captain Bass Bday Bash Aftermovie

Here's the Aftermovie by PROC.mp4 for Inceptionz Captain Bass Birthday Bash, where I VJ'ed at last week.

August 11, 2022

Here’s to the creatives meetup L’Enroule

A monthly meetup of creatives in the Brussels area, attracting the likes of illustrators, animators, videographers, creative coders, VJs, ... and everything in between. Feel free to join every second Thursday at Jardin Hospice (as long as the weather allows us to meet outside).

August 10, 2022

Livestream of Captain Bass at Proxic 5 Year Anniversary

This is yet another very great set for me visually.

If you'd like to see any of the other 9 Proxic live streams for their 5th Anniversary Edition, feel free to check out their YouTube channel. All of their sets are there to be found.

August 9, 2022

About (kinda) working (way) under my price…

I tend to ask around €500 excl. VAT for a full night of VJing, although I'm aware I should ask at least €750 excl. VAT for the amount of work and quality I put in my craft. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

August 8, 2022

Time for some old stickers to be replaced by a new design!

Wanting to start designing my new stickers, I can't wait for my old batch to run out so I can go and start to produce my new version of stickers.

In order to speed up that whole process, I might have to go a night out in Brussels and take all of my old stickers that I've left to put them all over the city. So I can start to focus on the new ones, while my presence in the city will be enhanced even further.

Keep you updated! ;-)

August 5, 2022

VJing without my iPad? Not an easy task so it seems.

Arriving at IKON Antwerp tonight, I noticed I forgot my iPad at home. This is a problem because the Lemur App has now become a major part in my VJ-setup. Trying not to panic, I had to find a solution to replace all the virtual buttons I've been using before with the app.

I managed to map the Mask on/off buttons for every layer on my Ableton Push 2. As well as the Edge FX on/off buttons were added to my Push Effects Pads. I chose to control my colours manually with the mouse, directly into the software. That was truly a pain in the ass.

I'm used to controlling the Rutt Etra effect in 3D space using the XY slider (top left), and was thinking of replacing that with a LEAP Motion hand-tracking device, but I noticed pretty quickly that whenever I tried to connect the hardware device to my system, the VJ software started lagging heavily.

I'm aware that I would be able to ditch my iPad for good, if I'm really clever with the MIDI mapping on my Ableton Push, but I just really enjoy the luxury of an extra set of virtual buttons along with my physical controller. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

August 2, 2022

Nostalgie Beach Festival Stagehands with Blue Dolphin Logistics

Close to Ramstein's concert physically but very far from it musically, we're helping to build up Nostalgie Beach Festival located at Maritiem Park, Nieuwpoort.

This major 70s-80s throwback event requires as good as 10 days of non-stop building up, and 3 days of tearing everything down again. The sun is shining bright, and I'm ready to get my worker's tan (-:

August 1, 2022

Ramstein Oostende Stagehands with Blue Dolphin Logistics

Today with Blue Dolphin Logistics we had to help arranging the VIP tent on Ramstein's concert terrain located at De Nieuwe Koers, Oostende.

These were the three main rules:

  • Don't take any pictures on-site
  • Be productive and pleasant to work with
  • Stay f*ckin' hydrated

July 30, 2022

Aftermovie Promnight at Fabriekspand Roeselare

Here's the Aftermovie by STYN.be for Promnight Roeselare, where I VJ'ed at last month.

July 29, 2022

1302 Exhibition at O.L.V. Church Kortrijk

Being inspired by CREATE.eu's presentation at Devine's BUMP Festival, a visit to Kortijk's Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Church was high on my list.

Their crew managed to use projection mapping in order to tell the compelling story of the 1302 independence of the County of Flanders from the Kingdom of France. Since that war was mainly fought and vanquished in the city of Kortijk, it made sense to showcase this storytelling experience in the city's church.

The technical crew managed to create a modular system where all church windows are closed off with huge window shutters on a large scale during the screening, and then opened back up again for regular church services.

The production crew Illustrated and animated this historical event with a great eye for visual details, all the while staying true to the accurate facts gathered from resources surrounding the 1302 'Battle of the Golden Spurs'.

Truly recommend this permanent exhibition.

July 27, 2022

TROWFLOX Logo Animation Update

Here it is! The animated version of my TROWFLOX logo update.

Previously, I used the Lottie framework to embed my animation on my website using JavaScript. The main advantage? Extremely low file sizes.

Planning to do the same with this new animation, I stumbled upon a major problem. The Lottie plugin for After Effects does not support Ae's native Effects. As you probably can tell from my HD render below, I used tons of effects on this one.

So after comparing the alternatives available to me, I decided that using an animated GIF was the best option. Biggest downside? It significantly reduces the original quality to a point where important details get lost in the final version. What's the upside? It automatically plays once on page-load, and then freezes the very last frame. Which is exactly what I need it to do.

July 23, 2022

Noticed 3 main themes across blog posts

I noticed 3 recurring themes across most of my blog posts:

  • VJing / Video Operating / Stage Building
  • Anti Social Media / Digital Distractions
  • Conceptual Thinking / Artistic Insights

This implies I might be able to use hashtags / labels in order to better group my individual posts together within those predefined main themes.

July 22, 2022

Sharing my (very) brief anti-portfolio

There's this idea of creating an anti-portfolio, where basically you list a bunch of events that you are really not proud of at all. With the sole purpose of learning from those mistakes, in order to prevent them from happening again in the future.

The first few things that come to mind for me are:

- leaving my teaching job too early

- leaving the VJ collective too early

- leaving my first fixed job too early

Now, can you see the pattern here? (-:

Although the last one turned out relatively good for me (it would have resulted in a dead-end job anyway), I must admit that I might have to be more cautious with this 'habit' in the future.

I'll have to recognize the struggle that comes with increasingly complex challenges for what it really is: A unique opportunity to grow.

July 21, 2022

AMUZO Summer Bar at Dilbeek’s Town Hall by Sound & Co

Sound & Co did it again. They delivered a great composition with their hardware, and managed to put a good light operator on the job. Making the whole audiovisual experience high level, especially for such a (relatively) small town that is Dilbeek.

If you'd need any audiovisual rental services in the area, Sound & Co have been doing it for quite a while now. And you could say that their quality established so far is known and confirmed across the region and beyond.

Light beam reflections where used on the mirror ball at night

July 19, 2022

Finally created a solid Logo Database!

Finally created a Logo Database - Incl. 14 Event Logos + 59 Artist Logos

All centered in 1920 x 1080 HD - White on transparent background PNG

If you're an event organizer or DJ / musician yourself, and you think that your logo is in need of an update, holla at me! Or contact your local graphic designer, and then holla at me (so I can update my database for you).

July 15, 2022

Maze & Primate Livestream at Proxic 5 Year Anniversary

A few months back Proxic celebrated their 5th anniversary event. It was truly a banger!

By good tradition, the Proxic crew records all of their major events to be live streamed asynchronously on their YouTube page.

Feel free to enjoy this deadly combo that is Primate & Maze below, and therefore my at least as deadly visuals provided for the set.

Big Up to both JR Services & Solutions and PowerBox for following the same vibes, in order to put forward the best features of Proxic: Good times, and lots of fun.

Please ignore the (slightly) off-centered Proxic logo.. Thank you!

July 14, 2022

Thirty Seconds to Mars Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams #TBT010

I was 17, and looking for a fight. It was loud & bold, colorful & explosive, daringly dynamic, but most importantly.. full of love. My first concert experience.

A community of otherwise lost teenagers finding themselves amongst like-minded individuals within this group of remarkable misfits. That's what Thirty Seconds to Mars was (and still is) all about.

Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams - That was the title of the album that came out just a few months earlier; What a time to be 17!

The album comes with a breathtaking music video for all of its major tracks. That makes it, along with the very advanced special effects used during the live shows, a true audio-visual experience.

Here are their music videos for 'Up In The Air' and the 'City Of Angels'.

July 13, 2022

About Hotels, Good thing I love them.

As I tend to slowly evolve more towards the event industry lifestyle, I'm glad to find myself enjoying the comfort that comes with hotels.

When I was younger, I often daydreamed about what a touring DJ lifestyle would be like (or VJ lifestyle, as it turns out ;-) ). I wondered whether I would strongly dislike or actually really enjoy spending lots of time in hotels and airports. Because that's exactly what I saw my biggest idols do at the time, day-in day-out (Deadmau5, Skrillex, Diplo, ...).

Turns out, I am totally in love with hotels! I'll tell you more, I even enjoy spending dead in-between time at airports and train stations. There's a very particular feeling to be appreciated spending time amongst a fleet of strangers. You get to catch many glimpses of all those individually unique lives.

Such public liminal spaces are often also a nice place to do some surface level self-reflection, without feeling too lonely in the process. #lifehack

July 12, 2022

Importance of owning a driver’s license in the event industry

Those who know me well are probably also very familiar with my bike. I take it everywhere with me, and must admit that I do like to show it off from time to time.

I made this pact with myself a few years back to 'never own a car'. I won't bore you with the reasons why (the list is ridiculously long). But knowing I didn't want to own a car, I assumed this indirectly meant I also didn't want to acquire a driver's license.

Here are a few reasons why I will most likely try and get a license anyway (without owning a car).

  • Being able to transport more/heavy gear for clients/myself with a rental vehicle.
  • Being allowed to drive my colleagues' vehicles in case they would need me to.
  • Lots of (freelance) job opportunities require for their workforces to own a license.

July 11, 2022

Les Ardentes 2022 Big Eye – Day 4/4

ASAP Rocky, Orelsan, and Stromae. You guys were amazing!

Very luckily towards the end of the day, the last artists performing on my stage brought their own audiovisual crews. This meant 'sit back and relax' for me. At least, not taking into account the in-house advertisements that had to be played between each one of those artists.

I was therefore free to go and watch what was happening on the main stage.

It did not disappoint, to say the least!

July 9, 2022

Les Ardentes 2022 Big Eye – Day 3/4

Somehow, the third day out of four in total feels a bit like a resting day. You can definitely sense the loose attitude amongst the technicians. Probably that is because most of the problems to be encountered at such massive productions are already tackled and solved by then.

The crowd feels a bit more chill / laid-back as well. They are tired from the first two days, and are probably bracing themselves for what's next to come.

Because boy, have you seen Sunday's lineup?!

July 8, 2022

Les Ardentes 2022 Big Eye – Day 2/4

It took some time to get used to how at bigger outdoor festivals they tend to put way more importance on how things are presented throughout the day (compared to most indoor night-time events).

You have to use the correct logo / featured artist animation / in-house advertisement at the right time. Taking into account the individual demands of all supervising players involved.

In a way, this means that an outdoor event spread over multiple days becomes more of a 'video operating' gig, compared to the more organic nature of indoor all-nighters.

More 'video operating' means less effort. More VJing means less bullshit.

Basically, you're trading in sweats for tears. :'-)

July 7, 2022

Les Ardentes 2022 Big Eye – Day 1/4

Although we arrived quite prepared with the VJ team (Pieter Steyaert, Dennis Baptist, and myself), there was still a particularly 'messy vibe' to be felt around the festival site. This was mainly due to the fact that many technical issues still had to be resolved last minute by the festival's main production team.

But still, we managed to cope with that extra layer of stress (Pieter took a lot of weight off Dennis's and my shoulders as he took on more of a managing role). Once we found our way around our new 'workspace', we were more or less set for the next few days to come.

July 6, 2022

TROWFLOX Creative Sticker Composition

Since I produced some 'failed' sticker batches in the past, I thought I might as well reincorporate them into bigger sticker compositions wherever my original stickers are already sticking on.

That's when you get something like in the pictures below.

It does look cool this way, although I'd love for all these separate elements to actually exist in one single sticker in the future. That's why I'm currently working on sketches for a redesign. Stay tuned, and keep your eyes open in the city! 👀

July 5, 2022

TROWFLOX New Logo Update [!]

Here it is! The TROWFLOX Logo Update.

The core/base stays the same: A tilted combination of the green triangle, circle, and rectangle.

A custom metallic typeface is added, as a nod towards the whole rave/cyberpunk aesthetic.

The five symbols represent from left to right:

  • Path RECTANGLE - Balance CIRCLE - Expression TRIANGLE
  • (User) Experience to the outside & (Loving) Friendship from the inside

Next step? Animating this baby! Can't wait, seriously.

July 1, 2022

Rampage Open Air Festival

Stoked to be back on the fields of Lommel to enjoy the finest of Drum & Bass and Dubstep.

Overall good vibes, also glad to see some brothers & sisters of the scene again.

Shout out to the light operators Niels, Dimitri, and Lode, also the event organizers Jeroen (Inceptionz/Invaderz), Mattéo (Bad Habtiz), and Elmo (Proxic).

I would like to talk about the power of merchandising.

So, for a while now Proxic has been selling all kinds of goods (both in real life and online) reaching from t-shirts to hats, shoulder bags to socks... And apparently they have been selling a whole lot of them!

Each time I look around to notice someone being seemingly from the Proxic-crew, I'm naturally drawn to go and talk to them. Often to find out they are 'just regular ravers' after all.

But ravers nevertheless! Ravers who clearly identify with the bigger Proxic family. A strong family I obviously consider myself also being a part of, having VJed for multiple consecutive years at their events now.

It builds strong bonds across otherwise-so-rigid frontiers, that suddenly become all relative. It's what we call building a community.

June 30, 2022

First job w/ Blue Dolphin Logistics

A few weeks back when I heard on the national news that rental companies were desperately looking for some helping hands with stage building this festival season, I was already hyped up! I felt like a key tailored to fit that specific lock.

But what they also mentioned on that same news topic is how those companies apparently also want you to have at least some experience with stage building and its safety measures. That's where they found this solution: A 2-week fast-track course where you're supposed to be taught all of the hardcore basics in order to get started, that came with a price tag of €350.

Hyped-up and ready to enroll I was, until I expressed my desire to follow such a course to my fellow classmate Vic, who happened to have some work experience in that specific field, working as a student under Blue Dolphin Logistics.

I asked him if he needed any experience prior to starting there, and was surprised to find out that wasn't a requirement for them. So very naturally I sent them an email, and next thing I know I'm here in Merelbeke learning how to put up a big tent whilst being paid to do so.

June 28, 2022

Prom Night Roeselare @Fabriekspand

Much like my previous VJ gig in Roeselare, this event served a broad range of musical genres. Along with some great Funk and throwback RnB Classics, there was also a heavy dose of Techno and DnB to be enjoyed. It's lovely to have some variation throughout the night like that.

I was reminded once more how much of a 'hack' my Hackintosh truly is. It seemed I was unable to boot my system at first. Kept on restarting my desktop without much success. Had to boot up in safe-mode first, and was relieved to see my system behave normally when restarting it once more after that.

Another moment of slight adrenaline: Overcoming my fear of heights. Like last gig, I helped the logistics crew with breaking down the stage structure. Although this time, I was asked to remove some safety locks holding the light trusses securely on the ceiling. Which required both a ladder, and lots of confidence... But I managed after all!

June 24, 2022

EHB Final Show 2021-2022

I was happy to see those familiar faces again.

And by those, I mean my former colleagues, fellow alumni, students I've thought to myself, and of course... Dennis.

Dennis, who about two years ago was thrown into this exhausting, but extremely beautiful, experience of teaching Bachelor students at the Erasmus University College Brussels (where we both graduated from ourselves earlier), has done it.

He made the Final Show happen this year, together with the support of many motivated students and his fellow (teaching) staff. I've been there two years before, and can tell you it's no walk in the park producing such a (live-) streamed festive event from the ground up.

So big up to him, and all the other lovely faces I got to reconnect with today.

Feel free to rewatch the whole EHB Final Show 2021-2022 on YouTube.

Here's some bonus footage of a piece that caught my eye at the physical exhibition that took place along w/ the EHB Final Show on campus.

June 23, 2022

BUMP Festival 2022

This one-day creative conference hosted by the Devine students from Howest Kortrijk (Digital Design & Development) knocked my socks off. It reminded me once again how high they tend to set the bar at their institution. The same goes for the Digital Arts & Entertainment courses (aimed towards 3D Gaming Industry) that have been awarded the best in Game Design & Development for multiple years in a row by The Rookies.

I fell in love with the Opening Titles produced by WHOJO Creative Studio (also based in Kortrijk). It's just visual madness. It gives very disruptive Cyberpunk'esque vibes, but at the same time there's also a sleek and polished look to it. Great work! If you'd like to explore the AfterEffects workfiles behind these Opening Titles, the people at WHOJO choose to share them for free in the name of 'sharing is caring'.

June 22, 2022

Digitalising Hi8 cassettes on campus

A classmate told me the other day we have SONY recording hardware on campus. I did not know this! I have plenty of cassettes to digitalise years '92-'03 that I received from my mother (who shoots like a true movie director).

June 21, 2022

Check out my new webpage!

It's a complete overview of all my VJ gigs so far, listed one after the other.

I'm quite proud of it, if I do say so myself. :-)

June 20, 2022

Bal Rotaract Aftermovie

Here's yet another great aftermovie (along w/ the ones from Legendary 90s & Inceptionz).

I operated both the background LED-strip grid, as well as the DJ booth LED-panel that night.

June 17, 2022

Another update on VJ calendar

  • 28/06 *Pending event* @Roeselare
  • 07-10/07 *Pending event* @Liège
  • 30/07 *Pending event* @Liège
  • 05/08 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 18-21/08 *Pending event* @Hasselt
  • 26/08 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 24/09 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 30/09 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 28/10 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 10/11 *Pending event* @Ghent
  • 03/12 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 23/12 *Pending event* @Antwerp
  • 31/12 Invaderz NYE edition @Entrepot Bruges

June 11, 2022

Aftermovie x2

Here are two aftermovies of great events I VJed at all night.

June 10, 2022

Bachelorfilm jury feedback

For my preparatory programme to the Masters I had to present my Bachelorfilm From Slaves to Raves to the jury. Both the members of the jury and myself were pretty happy with the overall results of how the performance turned out captured on film. But they still went on to share some invaluable feedback for me to improve my craft nevertheless.

  • If my visual performance exists only in a three-dimensional space, why would I not use surround sound (instead of stereo)?
  • I should take care of every single detail in the physical representation of my performance, because every choice I make in my setup sends a specific message to the participants.
  • I also should take more care of the participants themselves, and maybe let them interact more with the whole experience. How would I feel experiencing my own performance?
  • My final single-screen edit to be presented to the jury, has to embed the same kind of feeling I tried to evoke while performing the live version. This means I should captivate the viewer by using more dynamic animations and sounds, that I've also been using during the performance. Instead of merely showing them an edit that feels more like a making-of or aftermovie of the whole thing, my final animation film ought not to show a summary of the whole performance (once again), it should rather feel like the performance itself.
  • I must not forget that if I come up with a grand philosophical idea about how to handle things, I should then still be able to reintegrate this idea into something tangible and technically achievable. After the whole conceptualization phase (artistic), I have to realize that I'll still have to be my own executor (technical). So I better make sure to learn how to balance those out in a healthy, productive way.

I must say I tend to agree with everything the jury mentioned, which actually makes me want to go back to the drawing board as soon as possible. Although, this work will probably have to be continued in the form of a (possibly very different) Masterfilm. Looking forward!

June 9, 2022

Miet Warlop @Les Brigittines

After all Springville: Disasters and amusement parks

That's the title of Miet Warlop's latest production. I went to see her at Les Brigittines contemporary art centre Brussels. I was left amazed by the number of special effects. Things exploding, falling down, popping out, floating up,... as well as the many subtle humorous elements that were really appreciated throughout the whole performance (not only by me, the whole crowd seemed pretty agitaded!).

What stuck with me the most, is the almost childish nature of it all. It seemed as if the piece was created for the sole purpose of making big children laugh, by constantly taking them by surprise and pulling of silly (but very effective) jokes. You can imagine then, that this was a very colorful performance.

June 8, 2022

Bachelorfilm officially submitted

Today the school expected us to hand in our Bachelorfilm (along w/ some other files) on a physical hard drive. We also had to add the film to our portfolio website. So feel free to check out my new #FSTR project page, and make sure to notify me if you'd notice anything odd/broken about the webpage.

The jury evaluations will take place this Friday. I'm quite excited about rounding things of on a good note at LUCA before jumping fully into the summer holidays! There's a good chance those will be my last 3-month holidays actually. Because if everything goes smoothly, I'd finish my Masters in Animation by next academic year. But 'holidays' doesn't have to mean 'vegging out' essentially... Rather I'm looking forward to this year's festival season, big time! Both my inner raver spirit, as well as my VJ-self want to go hard the next upcoming weeks.

June 6, 2022

Unintentional interactive artwork

Went to my local bank facility earlier today, and at first sight I thought this was a really cool digital artwork set up by the bank.

But as it turns out, their interactive screen was just broken! Which ment that with every mouse cursor interaction by a touch of a finger, the system just kept printing a cursor instance on that exact screen position. Resulting in huge (kinda funky) cursor trails.

Although I must admit, the slight green hue visible on the cursor makes me wonder if someone didn't 'hack' this on purpose? A few weeks before I noticed the screen displayed some kind of code terminal. I tried messing around with it back then, but without much success.

June 2, 2022

DrarrieVille presents #TBT009

About a year ago, I was asked by Hans Murdock (referral Blub VJ) to provide visuals for a DrarrieVille promotional recording.

The plan was to use this huge screen of content that would encompass the whole background for the artists to perform in front of.

That worked out great. Now, because I was asked by the technical crew to use their desktop computer exclusively (with custom Windows system), I wasn't able to perform using my regular VDMX5 VJ setup.

I adapted, and quickly built a custom Resolume Arena set from scratch, that I felt somewhat comfortable enough with to use in a way that allowed me to experiment on the fly, like I was used to from VDMX5 set.

The experience was not nearly the same for me to be honest. But then again I'm not in the right position to judge, having not yet tapped into the full potential of the Resolume Arena software.

Here's a full recording of the 'Eazy Lo' performance below.

May 31, 2022

Some VJ beauty shots

Here's a collection of some nice shots taken during my most recent gigs. All 9 events took place after lockdown. Things have been moving, improving, surviving, and thriving once again.

May 30, 2022

Realizing the impact of custom DJ logos

Looking back at some pictures taken at events I VJed for, I noticed how a custom logo design really contributes to the whole image a DJ wants to portray. It's a shame that sometimes I chose not to use the artist's logos in the past, simply due to not having all the logos to my disposal.

But then again, this should be no excuse. Because sure I don't get sent all of the artist's logos at every single event, but with the amount of recurring sets I do over multiple gigs, I should have a pretty solid database of all those different logos by now.

I think now would actually be a good time for me to make a nice little (alphabetically sorted) inventory of all the individual logos that are currently spread out all over my hard drive. :-)

May 27, 2022

Proxic 5 Years Anniversary

This was really something. I've been waiting since January 2020 for a rematch on that one.

Reunited with the regulars of the Proxic-crew and their dedicated technicians.

Rediscovered the FortyFive venue and its committed ravers of the Limburg.

Reignited the spark of experimentation in my VJ set, once again.

Until we meet again, hopefully sooner than later...

May 25, 2022

Very last minute VJ gig

In the morning I got a text message from co-freelance Dimitri Hanssens asking if I'd be available to step in for a VJ gig that night (due to an unplanned cancellation from the regular VJ). Not knowing what to expect, I set out to Roeselare's TRAX venue. That night did not disappoint.

The system and light crew were lovely to work with, and they even offered me to tag along with the break-down at the end of the event (paid of course). I told them it's something I've always wanted to experience, so I'm glad I did! I realized I never truly grasped the workload that comes with dismantling such a huge structure of mainly trusses, lights, and a lot of wires.

Also, that night was a LED-bar premiere for me (well, kinda...). I already experimented with LED-bars using DMX interfaces in the past, but here I had to use them in the context of a big event where I was the only VJ to be operating. The light technicians helped me out a bit in trying to figure this whole 'Artnet-IP-address' thing out, but this time (unlike before) I had to do without any help of my dear video-wizard mentors ;-).

Glad everything worked out just fine! Although, now being able to control these LED bars with my own VJ software, I'd like to take this a whole step further and program a custom way of operating the LED structures in a way that makes more sense to me (for usage within dynamic VJ set).

May 24, 2022

The Ultimate VJ Bike Setup

I choose to use my bike as main travel device, along with public transport. And when a bike becomes your daily tool of transportation (incl. heavy loaded trips), you better take care of it.

My bike gets a full treatment at least once a month. Washing with soap, rinsing thoroughly, re-applying a protective coat, checking (and maybe replacing) the brake pads, double checking tire pressure, ...

Also, after a while taking care of your own back becomes a new priority. I'm used to carrying all my VJ equipment in one huge flight-bag backpack. But then I still had an issue concerning my flat tire replacement gear, that I cannot afford leaving at home when traveling longer distances. Same goes for an extra coat, or bottle of water, maybe a notebook, ... All of those items become luxuries to take along with to a professional gig.

At least, until I decided to purchase this luggage carrier add-on and some an extra pair of bike bags. That helped tremendously in fixing this whole heavy-travel issue.

May 23, 2022

Temporary poster for #FSTR

This is my temporary poster design for the 'From Slaves to Raves' Bachelor project.

Still need to get some feedback from the teachers, so it might get refined a bit more in the end.

May 20, 2022

Inceptionz Back 2 Back Edition

Great people, great music, great vibes, great organization, ... bad co-technicians.

I literally loved everything about this B2B edition at IKON Antwerp. I even got to face a full live crowd for the very first time, VJing from behind the DJ, in front of my own screen! More on this below*.

But the in-house light and sound technicians kind of ruined it for me. Without going into details, I definitely missed my usual (more dedicated) parters in crime on this one.

*Now, VJing in front of ones own screen has both it's perks and disadvantages.

Main disadvantage? You can't properly see what you're doing. Solution? Work with a lot (I mean, a lot) of virtual previews, to get some clearer sense of what you're doing.. or, use a mirror! Tried that last one, although it didn't quite work for me.

Main advantage? You get to face the crowd. And man, how a motivated crowd can pump you up like nothing else, it feels pretty amazing! And it just keeps you going, not only for yourself, but actually even more for them. Because they are the reason you're doing this whole thing for in the first place.

May 19, 2022

Reflecting on ‘From Slaves to Raves’

The 2nd performance day went great as well. Even got to enhance my VJ set a bit (soft- and hardware), also tweaked the laser animations a bit further. Also, I decided to change up the entire structure of the installation according to the room for it to make more sense in relation with the participants.

That said, I must admit there's still a whole lot of room for improvement to be made here.

I believe a lot happens at the same time (various elements spread across narrow space). Maybe the key here would be for me to let each element breathe more individually, almost one at the time, so each section gets its dedicated share of attention within the whole performance.

But in general I'm very glad that my project has a strong conceptual backbone, and that the main issues lie more in the technical execution of things. Because that was my whole motivation for going to art school in the first place, to get more familiar with the whole practice behind creating thoughtful personal work.

May 18, 2022

First day of #FSTR

18/05 marked the first day of my From Slaves to Raves performance.

What went well?

  • I managed to improvise a VJ set, along with time-coded lasers.
  • Bram Speeckaert helped me with capturing everything on film.
  • I saw my friends, they brought me flowers.

What went less well?

  • I didn't manage to animate my LED lights on the canvas structure using a dedicated DMX controller.
  • After obscuring the windows and doors, I still felt like the room was lit up a bit too bright! It's only later that I realised my own LED structure played a huge part in this, of course -_-'

May 17, 2022

Using a laser w/ mirror

Lucky to get to borrow Pieter Steyaert's laser, I chose to project it from the floor up to the tilted ceiling using a mirror on about 45°.

Also, the tilted ceiling is covered with semi-reflective circles, causing the light to bounce off on the plastic sheets surrounding the 'booth'.

May 14, 2022

I’d really like to use chasers

Today's gig went great, it was excellent actually! But I was left frustrated when Bo Rooms showed me the possibilities of Joris De Jong's aka Hybrid Visuals Chaser software. It only works w/ Resolume Arena.

Mapping Retro Empire's 7 LED screens made me want to animate them separately, so badly. Although possible indeed within the MadMapper software, it would require way more customisation (and therefore work) compared to the dedicated Chaser tool.

May 13, 2022

Working on physical aspect #FSTR

Using gauze nets w/ the beamer, reflective sheets w/ the laser, and a long canvas w/ the LED strips.

Slowly but surely moving on to the software side of things. Still a whole lot of work to do, but things are looking bright. See you 18+19/05!

May 12, 2022

Melting Pot @Brigittines #TBT007

Together with Jorge Guevara we were asked by choreographer Marco Torrice to provide floor projections for the dancers to interact with.

Notice how I used pixel mapping to synchronise the floor lights to go with the video content.

The whole performance was recorded during lockdown last year, and published later as an asynchronous online event.

May 11, 2022

Hardware and Tools

Overview hardware and tools 'From Slaves to Raves' project. Most of the items are already acquired, others still need to be found. I'm on it!

CHECKTO GET 👀
Beamer12V +1A Power
Laser24V +4A Power
Fog machineCanvas structures
Gauze netClothing racks
Reflecting filmDMX interface (?)
LED strips
DMX controller

May 10, 2022

Narrowing down concept physical structure

Together with my LUCA School of Arts 2Ba intern Bob Verbruggen, we aimed to make a mental map of all the posibilities Recyclart's gehele huisje / maison jaune provides in its physicality.

Here are some quick ideas I sketched out, and a complete groundplan digitalised by Bob.

May 9, 2022

Workspace for next 10 days #FSTR @Recyclart

From today on until my first 'From Slaves to Raves' performance 18th of May, I'll be working at the Recyclart Brussels being one of their Open Call / Residence artists, in context of my LUCA School of Arts final work.

My Hackintosh desktop is already installed on-site.

May 7, 2022

ĒoĒ by SEADS 30min

Here's a full (phone) recording of the Ēngines of Ēternity performance at VUB's PILAR Brussels.

May 6, 2022

Sticker development

Slowly running out of stickers, I decided to go for a new design. But clearly I've been struggling to get it right..

My previous stickers included screenshots of my VDMX workstation, along w/ some renders created using the software, and a '@trowflox' tag.

Now I've been experimenting w/ my randomly generated Digital Dimensions record covers. Problem is, thinking my previous stickers were a bit too large, I went way too small this time making the elements in the designs hard to distinguish.

Also, I figured I might as well use my 'trowflox' tag again, which I seem to have forgotten twice. So back to the drawing board I guess!

May 5, 2022

FSTR Recyclart promo

The word is spreading!

I'll be performing 'From Slaves to Raves' @Recyclart BXL 18+19/05 at 6pm.

Check out their kick-ass posters for this (and every other) season.

Went around on campus to display my pride and lure fellow students into joining the event.

Bonus: I found myself on the agenda.brussels website already. Now, how cool is that?!

May 4, 2022

Ēngines of Ēternity performance

Today May 4th 2022, is the first time we performed w/ the SEADS collective in a staged audiovisual live setting. It felt great to collaborate with former teachers / students on this one. Everybody brought their best visuals, and Pieter on the video switcher made it all come together nicely. Huge big up to Max Frimout on his bleep-bloops as well.

Here are some nice pics of the build-up at PILAR.

May 3, 2022

Run through Ēngines of Ēternity

Today and yesterday we did a couple of run throughs with the visual team behind Wednesday's Ēngines of Ēternity performance at VUB's PILAR.

The team consists of Pieter Steyaert, Nassim Versbraegen, Jorge Guevara, Pim Tournaye, Elise Boes, and myself. We'll be operating under the SEADS network. Live music will be provided by Max Frimout.

May 2, 2022

Indirect Inspiration

Last Friday night, we went out w/ friends at the Spirito Ixelles. Sunday night, we went to Thylacine's Botanique concert. Both featured some interesting light concepts, playing w/ techniques that bring more 'physicality' into to setup.

Reflecting plexi cones
Kinetic LED bars

April 30, 2022

Music Hackspace Lecture

Tonight I followed this Max MSP / Generative online lecture hosted by Music Hackspace. It focussed on creating computer generated musical compositions, along with a visual component.

I was surprised to see that Max MSP, primarily known for music production purposes, also has a solid support for visually generative work using their jitter library. This means, as the speakers indeed demonstrated, that you could produce everything (both the musical and visual components) within one and the same software, being Max MSP.

But then again, working with OSC and Syphon/Spout to interconnect the software with others like e.g. TouchDesigner, vvvv, or VDMX, the possibilities get closer to endless again.

April 29, 2022

Beamer FXs

Working with a beamer on campus, I stumbled upon this interesting composition where you get aurora-like reflections on the wall by shining the video projection directly onto the metal parts of the ceiling's tube lights. The light then gets scattered to stretch out in a sharp, but also bendy way.

Unrelated bonus footage of Vic's big idea to project the batman logo on nearby buildings.

April 28, 2022

Update VJ gigs Calendar

  • 04/05 Ēngines of Ēternity (Manned Flight) @PILAR Brussels
  • 14/05 Retro Empire 5 Years Anniversary @Waregem Expo
  • 18+19/05 From Slaves to Raves (trowflox) @Recyclart Brussels
  • 20/05 *Pending event*
  • 27/05 *Pending event*
  • 28/05 *Pending event*
  • 05/08 *Pending event*
  • 18-21/08 *Pending event*
  • 26/08 *Pending event*
  • 24/09 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 30/09 *Pending event*
  • 28/10 *Pending event*
  • 10/11 *Pending event*
  • 03/12 Retro Nation @Entrepot Bruges
  • 23/12 *Pending event*
  • 31/12 Invaderz NYE edition @Entrepot Bruges

April 27, 2022

Bad Habitz Aftermovie

Bloempot Media did it again! Another great aftermovie.

As always, you can find me in the background / center of the attention (depending on how you're looking at it ^_^).

Bonus: For the very first time they also played a DJ-set themselves, along w/ video production.

They were booked the second day 05:15-05:30 as 'Bloempot Media: Speelkwartier'. It was a heavy dubstep set.

April 26, 2022

Got myself a subwoofer!

Had to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2 to a Scarlett 8i6 in order to use 4 outputs, instead of the regular 2.

Happy owner of two KRKs Rokit 5 (thank you Dennis Baptist), I went for the KRK S10.4 subwoofer.

Let me tell you, ... this boy SLAPS!

April 25, 2022

Inspiration physical aspect FSTR

Grabbed some books at the school library, and captured everything that caught my eye.

Organised all visual references / possibilities together in one virtual canvas, to help me with making better decisions later on for my own From Slaves to Raves project.

April 23, 2022

Ēngines of Ēternity by SEADS @PILAR

Last Thursday I attended the opening event of the Manned Flight exhibition at PILAR Brussels, where I met up with a bunch of my mentors and former (co-)students who worked on the project together. Most of them are now operating and active in the SEADS network.

Here's my modest attempt in trying to explain what their work is all about (it has so many layers to it, some of which I barely understand the surface of):

"A bunch of scientist studied how little organisms called 'rotifers' evolved over time, stored all the data behind their research, and then sent those creatures into space w/ one of Elon Musk's spacecrafts, only to bring them back later, and apply the same studies on them once again, in order to see how they evolved / altered in some way or another."

- Florian Giroul

Now, the méga cool thing about this, is that artists were then asked to try and make sense of all this data visually, and condense it into something that's a bit more insightful to the uneducated viewer on this scientifically deep topic (like myself).

I was truly left amazed by the particularly complex and detailed illustrations of Arise Wan. They have a very visceral quality to them, makes me want to animate the pieces!

April 22, 2022

Physical Presentation Digital Dimensions

The very final step in presenting my randomly generated cover artworks, was to actually video map them upon the empty LP sleeves. Super glad with how the sleeve material turns out to be reflecting the projector's light in a very neat way.

Update on the NFT fx(hash) side of things: Since the original launch at 02:04 last night, I've already made 4 unique sales! Check out the TROWFLOX_COVER project page for more info.

April 21, 2022

Minted my first NFT

Today, I published my first NFT on fx(hash).

My Digital Dimensions teacher borrowed me a few Tezos to do so.

Here's my blog post about the whole process behind the generative album covers.

Tomorrow I'll present the physical aspect of the artwork. I'll be video mapping the (ever-changing) virtual album covers on actual blank LP sleeves.

April 20, 2022

The (Business) Festival

Today I visited the Future Entrepreneurship Student Festival Antwerp.

Although the content of the talks didn't really end up being my thing, the whole audiovisual production behind it was remarkably amazing. The futuristic visuals, carefully animated lights, and massive sound designs almost make you feel like you're at a big EDM festival. Except you're not. Instead of going wild on banger tunes of your favorite DJs, you're sitting down listening to major tech companies trying to convince you why their latest gadget is the next big thing.

April 16, 2022

Bad Habitz Weekender

It was a great edition for sure! First time working with the Bad Habitz crew did not disappoint. Got to collaborate with technicians/operators I mostly knew already, which made things more cozy.

Also got to collect two posters and some stickers, which made me happy as well.

  • Dimitri Hanssens stage design
  • Bo Rooms lights programming
  • Sabbe Bruyneel lights operating
  • Arco Bockhodt lasers operating

April 15, 2022

Multiple gigs in a row

The last time I VJed two nights in a row, it was in my hometown for Oosthoek Live 2019. This weekend, at Kavka Zappa venue Antwerp, I was in for a similar treat with the Bad Habitz Weekender edition.

The thing with gigs spread over multiple consecutive days, is that you have to plan ahead how you're going to spend your energy. And perhaps more importantly, when you'll be able to recover some of it.

For example, if you know that you'll not be able to rest properly in between two days, you better don't give your all on day 01. Rather save some for day 02 as well, then you're all set. :)

April 14, 2022

From Slaves to Raves @RECYCLART

It's confirmed! I'll be performing my Bachelor Experience at the RECYCLART venue.

I have time from May 10th till May 17th to set everything up in their 'yellow house'.

You're all welcome to join May 18th+19th at 18.00 for a public gathering and lose your minds to sounds from both past and future realities.

April 13, 2022

Porter Robinson at Vooruit Ghent

gives "the potential of real life" a second chance through digital means.

He portrays the marvelous aesthetics of nature and the beauty of somewhat distant, yet intriguingly solid memories, perhaps from the near future. It's all shown through a 'digital lens', using topnotch VFX techniques and generative content, which makes it super relatable to today's youth, and his (safe to say) slightly 'geeky' fanbase.

It’s funny to see how Porter puts great importance in the visual aspect of the show being on stage himself. He constantly looks back at the LED screen to check if the content matches up with the rest of his performance.

At some point he just took a Macbook with a built-in webcam and pointed it towards the crowd, in order to show them on the LED screen behind him. And then he went on to turn the Macbook's webcam back towards the stage to capture himself, along w/ the LED screen behind him, therefore creating an endless video feedback loop. Very clever, I must admit!

April 12, 2022

Nurture Vinyl Box Set

Got myself Porter Robinson's Nurture Vinyl Box Set.

If you don't know his work yet, I recommend you to:

I'm attending his live performance at Vooruit Ghent tomorrow 13/04.

Extremely excited about that. This is what it's promised to look like.

April 11, 2022

Razer BlackWidow v3 Mechanical Keyboard

Got myself a new mechanical keyboard because my previous one, the Logitech G413 (82EUR) purchased 3 years ago, started to behave weirdly (double keystrokes / ignoring some inputs). Main differences?

The Razer BlackWidow v3 (95EUR) has the ability to display all colors as backlight, whereas with the Logitech G413 you're stuck with red. Razer uses their 'Razer Green' switches which are basically a pro adaptation of the Cherry Blue switches, while Logitech uses their 'Romer G' switches that are closer to being a better version of the Cherry Brown switches.

The Razer BlackWidow v3 also has extra media buttons on top, that I think are quite handy now that I've been using them for a couple of hours. For tilting your keyboard slightly forward, the BlackWidow v3 provides two options either 6º or 9º, while the Logitech G413 can only tilt at one fixed angle of 8º.

I was happy with both keyboards, but the first one needed to be replaced due to dysfunctionalities. So I went for a similar (but up to date) model at the competing company. Hope it will be worth the test!

April 9, 2022

VJing w/o monitor display, possible?

Yes! Video Mapping? Less so.

At my previous gig, the one before this one, towards the end of the night my portable screen shut down because of a dead battery. That's when I noticed I was able to just keep going with only my Ableton Push 2 LED display as previewing tool. It kind of amazed me, and made me wonder if I'd be able to pull off a full gig w/o using any monitor to display my software on.

Well this weekend, I was about to be tested on just that, for I had forgotten my portable display at home. So I thought by myself "I might as well try to own this gig without it, and I'll soon find out whether it's even possible or not". I found out it was not possible for me. The first major problem: Video Mapping. How can you properly video map a LED wall w/o being able to monitor the mapping software?

I mean, you could definitely try to map the LED wall whilst using it to perform your mapping on. But does anybody got patience for that? I know I don't. Luckily, I found a display to work with at the venue itself, and the staff was kind enough to let me use it for the night!

April 8, 2022

Restored two HDDs today

Going through old files on otherwise inactive HDDs felt exhilarating.

Had two of those just laying around, waiting to be reinvigorated!

Had no idea what to expect inside them, but just the process itself was already something nice to experience.

Seems like something super basic perhaps to some, but it made me feel a bit nerdy today, and that's quite nice.

April 7, 2022

James van de Video Games #TBT006

Back in October 2020 I was asked by Drum & Bass Producer James Marvel to create an animated intro to a soon to be launched livestream concept. Although they never actually went through with the project, I still think my animation totally kicks ass!

The illustrations were provided by Andrea Moresco aka El Moro.

April 6, 2022

Plenty to read now

Went and picked up a few books at LUCA's library today, as (visual) inspiration for my Bachelor Project. I'll dive into the physical aspect of the work soon, but I'd need to enhance my Bachelor Report itself a bit first. Keep y'all updated!

April 5, 2022

Last minute VJ gig confirmed

This Saturday I'll be VJ'ing at Roeselare's Fabriekspand. The event is called Legendary 90's. So I know what type of music to expect! :-)

Last gig, I added a feature within my VJ-set enabling me to toggle between two MadMapper presets, or 'scenes'. Next step would be to experiment with multiscreen animations. Making me able to for example strobe back and forth between two seperate LED screens, instead of having them strobing simultaneously.

April 4, 2022

Beware of smoke detectors

Earlier today I had the brilliant idea to use a smoke machine on campus, causing the fire alarm to go off.

Below is a screen recording of me being unaware of the whole situation, trying to film my visual experiment as if nothing happened. Until of course, I understood.

For my bachelor project I'd like to work with 'visible' light, plexi reflections, and semi-transparent gauze nets, as main tools to deceive my audience with. Aiming for a sweet spot between clearly distinguishable visuals and some trickery of the mind.

April 1, 2022

Generative album covers in the making

For the Digital Dimensions courses, I previously experimented with quadTrees in P5.js. Squares got replaced by circles, circles by abstract drawings, and then I ended up throwing in a bunch of other stuff.

I'm working with a random color picker from a defined palette here, also numbers are getting displayed randomly as 'labels'. The horizontal / vertical / bidirectional grid structures are drawn with some spacing in-between, that once again gets defined by elements of chance. Also messing around with push() & pop() transforms, and the P5.js filters such as blur and threshold.

Next steps? Minting these randomly generated artworks as NFT's on fx(hash), with some Tezos the teacher provided me. And of course, using video projection mapping again. The idea would be to project the generative artworks upon several blank record sleeves on a physical shelf, as if they were ever-changing cover art designs, for final presentation purposes.

Below is a video of me presenting the whole concept to my fellow classmates and the teacher, in Dutch.

Also, check out some of the uniquely generated album covers below the screen capture video.

March 31, 2022

Teaching TouchDesigner #TBT005

Back in 2020, I taught Derative's TouchDesigner software for the 'Generative Motion' courses, at the Erasmus University College Brussels.

The course focussed on generating real-time animations in context of data visualisations and/or interactive (installation) performances.

Here's a snapshot, of when I was developing a patch where particle forces got affected by hand movements captured with Leap Motion device.

March 29, 2022

VJ gigs getting confirmed

Slowly but surely, my 2022 VJ calendar is filling up. Some gigs are still pending (keep you updated on that), but I guess it's getting save to say you can catch me at one of the following events:

  • Bad Habitz Weekender 15-16/04 @Zappa Antwerp
  • *Pending event* 20/05
  • *Pending event* 27/05
  • *Pending event* 05/08
  • *Pending event* 26/08
  • Retro Nation 24/09 @Entrepot Bruges
  • *Pending event* 28/10
  • *Pending event* 10/11
  • Retro Nation 03/12 @Entrepot Bruges
  • *Pending event* 23/12
  • Invaderz DnB 31/12 @Entrepot Bruges

March 28, 2022

Rearranging Bachelor report

The very core of my Bachelor report is already written out, but its structure doesn't make any sense. There's no smooth transition between the chapters, and concepts sometimes get recalled at places irrelevant throughout the report. My mind was all over the place writing in a state of flow, losing track of the grand overview.

That's when it's time to take a step back, and rearrange, then reconsider, and finally rewrite the whole report. I did just that, printing out my report and cutting out the individual paragraphs, in order to be able to reposition them among each other. And also strike through unnecessary parts, or write down important side notes with a pen, directly on paper.

March 27, 2022

Benjamin Verdonck

Today I went to see 'De tijger eet de zebra en de vogel vliegt verschiet weg' by Benjamin Verdonck in Toneelhuis Antwerpen.

I would personally describe it as a choreography of shapes and lights colliding with each other in space. The performance started in black and white, and gradually went towards duotone. There were no human characters, only abstract shapes, and then there was a dog at some point. That was interesting.

I must say I did enjoy watching a performance purely constructed by shapes, projections and lights. It had a very robust / mechanical aspect to it. Also, whenever a shape was abruptly pulled off stage, you could actually hear the whole physical system of metal strings winding up fast.

Remarkable was how Benjamin chose to go towards a more transparent approach with his performance. He started of by reflecting light animations on minimalistic shapes to create the illusion of false perspectives. This felt very intriguing and a bit magical in a way; He left the audience literally in the dark on how the whole system functioned. Until, towards the end of the piece, he chose to gradually unveil the mechanics behind the whole system, almost like a magician revealing the secrets behind a trick to his audience.

Background lights were used to intentionally illuminate the metal strings, and puppet-like structures, moving the shapes across the stage. At some point, the music got replaced by narration to further break down the raw process behind the production. The narrator went 'Square rotate 360° counterclockwise', so the square did, 'Big circle off', and off the big circle went. As if the audience was allowed to follow along with the script in real-time, whilst watching it all unfold.

March 26, 2022

Seascapes by Paul Rousteau

I grabbed this photography book in LUCA's library, because it seemed quite unconventional.

These (probably slightly edited) photographs feel more like graphical compositions than actual pictures of the horizon of the sea. I must say I really like the format in which those compositions are presented:

Each individual photograph has it's own timestamp, local temperature, month of the year, and actual location printed on the back. Which almost reminds me of how generative art works in a way. You enter a bunch of parameters, and the software spits out a computed artwork for you. Except here, Rousteau actually went out to all of those places to take a physical photograph. Which seems pretty insane if you ask me.

Also a remarkable choice of him to label the photographs as being '1/62', '2/62', '3/62', ... This reminds me a bit of the NFT sphere, where generative artworks are minted using unique 'generative tokens'.

March 25, 2022

ARGOS Centre for Audiovisual Arts

Located near Place de l'Yser in Brussels, ARGOS are currently exhibiting Don & Moki Cherry's Organic Music Societies and Alexander Kluge's Minutenfilme #3. They also keep an ever-growing archive of artist films and videos, housing the richest collection of Belgium, being a reference for audiovisual arts internationally.

I went through some of their books in the public library, and found myself inspired by a select few.

These two might help me in writing my bachelor report.

And this one is just pure eye candy to me!

March 24, 2022

Xerunto’s Night #TBT004

Back in 2016 at College, we had to make an 'endless runner' game for the Real-time 3D courses. I chose to make an 80s themed spaceship shooter game. You could call it a modern Space Invaders, perhaps? Here's a screen capture of the gameplay below.

March 23, 2022

Nature Illuminated Brussels

Last Thursday, I visited this light show at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle. The whole park was Illuminated with lights and subtly animated effects. They played with the whole idea of the 4 seasons, subdividing the site accordingly into themed sections.

Summer was obviously very a popular one. It actually felt 'warm', although it was something like 5ºC in reality. Nevertheless, I related more to the twinkling nature and sharp color palette of the winter theme.

To my opinion the price of €15 for a regular ticket is a bit on the higher end though, considering the production only used (slightly animated) lights for the event. Am I being biased again if I'm saying they could have done something with video projections, or maybe lasers?

But in general, I'm happy that see how the event industry is able to improvise in such ways during the pandemic season.

March 21, 2022

Translucent Exploration

Tried projection on gauze material (4 layers), in order to create a replicating effect. It's only when I put a plexi surface behind that gauze that things got really interesting. And even more so when trying to 'catch' the remaining light behind the plexi on a black surface, and realising it was barely possible. A visual illusion was created right there and then, out of pure experimentation!

Bonus: Waving your hand between the beamer and the gauze creates a shadow, but between the gauze and the plexi doesn't, for some reason.

March 20, 2022

RAMPAGE DAY02

  • Today, the DJ-booth did not only elevate up and down, but also back and forth above the crowd. Really cool stuff! Interesting how production chose to spread their surprises over the course of two days.
  • Visuals / VJ's were way better today compared to yesterday, great to see that. The round displays in front of the rear main display used alpha mapping, to give the illusion of visuals shining through them. Very neat, loved that detail!
  • I'll have to take my statement from yesterday about Deathstep back after Modestep's live set. Very clever, extremely dynamic, slightly nostalgic. Exactly what you would expect from a band constantly refining their craft.
  • Pendulum was the greatest thing ever, no doubt. The entrance, the mashups, the perfect balance between usage of visuals, lights, lasers, and sparingly used special effects. They showed us, together with Noisia last night, the quality that comes with being a veteran in the scene.
  • Eptic's style has changed a bit compared to his beginnings. It's a shame his Belgian quirky signature got replaced by a typical American bass-heavy sound. Also, I hoped him coming from a more visual background, that would've been translated in his set... but it didn't really.
  • I encountered many friends of the industry tonight, that was genuinely nice! See you again for the next one ;-)

March 19, 2022

RAMPAGE DAY01

  • Noisia's goodbye set was iconic, period. They definitely need successors on this!
  • I think Neurofunk is more 'clever' compared to Deathstep. Shoot me!
  • AV shows are great and all, but when pushed to far they can become quite distracting. Again, shoot me!
  • Sad to say (as a VJ), but the lights were actually way better then the visuals tonight. Rampage call me, so we can fix this! ;-)

March 18, 2022

Digital Dimensions *Update*

Experimented a bit with Quadtrees in p5.js today!

Next Up: Experimenting with dithering, pixel replacement, and random google maps places!

Can you see where I'm going with this ;-)

March 17, 2022

LOFI Visualizer #TBT003

Back in September of 2019, I teamed up with Nicolas Grandry, Teubidelice, and Antoine Assumani to provide 5 visual loops for Vesle's new EP release on Dust Collectors Records.

Antoine shot the seamless real-life footage to work with

Teubidelice did the illustration (+ character design)

Nicolas then did the 2D character animation

I added the VFX (+ 3D animation)

March 14, 2022

So looking forward to Rampage Weekend

And Rampage Open Air, and Rampage Renegade, ... All my tickets are already bought during lockdown times. Now, I'm just ready to rave, more than ever!

Bring it on Noisia, and Pendulum. I'm ready for your re-treats.

Both Virtual Riot, and Koven are going for an AV-set this time.

So are Modestep, and Dirtyphonics. * this is huge deal *

I am finally going to see our main overlord, the one and only, homeboy Eptic again!

Jump-up boys Maze, Used, and D-Nasty, also Basstripper, and the guys from EXERT-crew;

I see you, I see you ;-)

March 13, 2022

Retro Nation’s 9th Anniversary

Yesterday night I VJ'ed for Retro Nation at Entrepot Bruges.

Mapping LED screens was quite complex this time (see below). But after a quick call with the hardware company, we agreed on using NDI next gig, instead of HDMI, combining all signals into one cohesive video stream. This will make the virtual mapping a lot easier to work with.

Otherwise, everything went super smooth! Getting familiar with my custom Ableton Push and Lemur OSC iPad setup feels great. Transitions between DJs happend without any problems, we were really in tune with the light technician, Kenny. He also managed to calibrate the vibes with the laser guy, Lode, as well.

Literally the only blunder (over 8 hour set), was accidentally hitting the F5 button at some point, which I mapped to my keyboard as a trigger for mac's 'Expose view' mode, spreading all my windows over the primary desktop ... Including my LED output. Leaving nothing but a black screen on my 'secondary desktop', and a good old menu bar at the top. (-:

Check this super smooth LED-Lights-Laser cooperation (blunder-free).

March 11, 2022

Guest lecture by Yannick Jacquet

Extremely stoked about this guest lecture by Yannick Jacquet (from AntiVJ collective) for the Animation Expanded courses.

Yannick started by introducing his own artistic work, and went on with refering to other major video mapping references in the field. He also dived into the more practicle stuff of choosing the right video mapping software and beamer / projection hardware. In the afternoon we had a basic introduction to the MadMapper software. Although supposed to be a 'basic' introduction, it felt like a rather elaborate one to me! I've been using the software for quite some time now, and I actually learned a whole bunch today:

  • You can create complex multiscreen animations in real-time by using MadMappers generative sources as luma masks over your original content, using the Multiply blending mode.
  • You can make mapping scene 'presets' and trigger them through midi, with the option of using automatic transitions between them.
  • You can use MadMapper modules like 'oscillator' (LFO), Arduino 'firmata', 'weather' by location, ... as live inputs for controlling your different layer's parameters.

Also very valuable to me was to see a total overview of Yannick's trajectory so far. He started out in advertising, went on as a VJ (related to his passion for music), and then gradually shifted towards more installation / stage design related work. Those installations, being rather artistic in nature compared to the more commercial aspect of VJing (and especially ads), give Yannick the possibilty to translate his vision more accurately through his work, and therefore making the audience connect more deeply with his pieces. It eases my mind a bit to see how one can slowely but surely move all to way from making occasional corporate / advertising work in order to survive, to being a full-time independent audiovisual installation artist.

Here are some (silly) pictures taken during the video mapping workshop.

March 10, 2022

My First Generative Art Pieces #TBT002

Back when I studied at the Erasmus University College Brussels, there was this course called 'Creative Programming I', where we learned the basics of coding in Processing 3.

Those coding skills enabled me to create the 'series' below.

March 7, 2022

How it feels to be at ‘the edge’ of a craft

When I visited the animation (short)film festival Anima last week from Monday-Thursday, I noticed one reoccurring theme across all screenings: There were almost no genuinely abstract pieces to be found.

Every animation had a specific story to tell, or a particular 'purpose' to share. It was extremely hard to find an example that focussed exclusively on evoking a feeling / dynamic through sound, color and movement. I'm having a hard time trying to remember one that didn't include any human or animal-like character of some kind.

Why does this bother me? Well, because I believe some 'stories' hit harder when they are not just told but rather experienced. I might be wrong, and maybe a bit biased coming from a VJ background, but to me a perfectly timed audiovisual performance from your favorite artist penetrates way deeper than a mouse and a duck fighting over a broomstick. I'm obviously exaggerating here, but you get the point I'm trying to make.

This realization of being one of the odd ones out hit me once again today, when I entered Brussels' (probably most famous) second-hand bookstore. I planned to just roam around and see what would catch my eye. What did I find? Apart from all te regular fiction and non-fiction books, TONS of comics. Really, a lot of them. And while browsing the photography shelf, what do you think I found there? Yes, one of two things: 1. Portraits 2. Destinations.

I was just about to leave when I found this one book that genuinely evoked curiosity in me.

It's a book collecting the works of Carlo Bernardini, an artist using thin strokes of light in strikingly beautiful architectural settings. I didn't know him yet, but his work makes me feel something. And that's without him having to explain his concept through a typical 'narrator' / character figure. I'd be more than glad to further explore his (abstract) vision!

March 6, 2022

Ableton Push 2 Display Syphon/Spout

I found that, using MaxMSP, it is possible to 'hack' the Ableton Push 2 Display into forcing it to show custom content, instead of it's usual parametric information. You'll have to manually put the Push in to 'User Mode', and then basically run the patch below in order for MaxMSP to take it over from there. The patch uses David Butler's imp.push package, and expects a Syphon/Spout path in order to receive external video from. This video source could be sent directly from your favorite VJ or Mapping software.

Here, I use VDMX's Syphon output for example. I'm previewing 4 layers (+ 4 mask layers), 2 logo overlays, 2 selected colors (both white) and my main output (black for now).

March 3, 2022

Rhytko #TBT001

During the last year of our Multimedia - Art & Technology courses at the Erasmus University College Brussels, we received a task from our teacher Pieter Steyaert to build a digital escape room, together as one big team. This was in the context of his 'New Media Devices' courses, where we got familiar with all kinds of hardware, ranging from oculus rift to raspberry pi, and leap motion. We also experimented with VJ / video mapping software, live coding techniques, and AI-driven art pieces.

Here's a behind the scenes of our attempt to build that digital escape room with the full class of 11 students, at the former ArteNova coworking space, in Mechelen. The installation was to be called Rhytko.

Art & Technology - class of 2017

March 2, 2022

TROWFLOX Logo Origin Story

So where does this particular shape come from? Some say it reminds them of a cool 80's logo, other say it looks like a d*ck... When in fact it's just a combination of the three, most basic, primary shapes.

The rectangle stands for PATH, and therefore also the 'long term vision' of bigger (video) productions. The upside down triangle stands for EXPRESSION, and focusses on the 'here and now' of live VJ gigs. And finally there's the circle in the middle, holding both the rectangle and the triangle together, representing a healthy BALANCE between both the future and the present. As well as the linear thinking (or visualizing) and the actively doing (or creating) that come together in all great designs.

created back in 2018, after brainstorming

February 27, 2022

Interview with Pieter Steyaert and Aitor Biedma for LUCA School of Arts

On the topic of VJ'ing, for the Production Studies at 3Ba Audiovisual Arts: Animation

February 26, 2022

Raves. Don’t ever take them away from us no more.

Went out at C12 Brussels with classmates yesterday, and Madame Moustache the week before. Boy, did we miss this. You can not even imagine!

Like I'll discuss in my bachelor paper (more info on that later this semester), in a world of many uncertainties and crises, this phenomenon of actively replacing frustration with salvation, is not only a logical but also a crucial development. Those social gatherings are meant to help us in escaping our current reality, in order to (re)connect with a higher self for a brief moment. As a kind of communal dance ritual, they have always played a huge part in our societies, effectively bringing peace of mind across many cultures in human history. And especially today, raves being a modern form of such transcendental practices, they are very appealing to individuals seeking out that feeling of conscious liberation from a heavy, mostly unpredictable life.

This rave culture, a culture that in the end is all about love and unity, is not ready to disappear any time soon. You can choose to lean into it, or you can surely choose to ignore it, if that's what you want to do. But you can never shut it down. Many tried before, none of them succeeded. For now, all I have to say is: Thank god they are back! And hope to see you soon at one of them :-)

February 25, 2022

VJ Guest lecture at Multimedia & Creative Technologies, Erasmus University College

I was invited by my dear friend Dennis Baptist to join him in one of his VJ lectures. He took over my Interactive Motion courses two years ago, and occasionally contacts me to join him in his Live Visuals & Motion Capture lectures. Which I'm always very happy to do. I saw some familiar faces along the students. It's nice to feel like I can build further upon those relationships already dear to me.

The idea of the course was to let Dennis explain the basics of Resolume Arena first, which is the default software the students will use in class, so I could come and focus more on the counter-software VDMX. Just to give the students an idea of what else if available for them to use, if they'd be interested.

The main differences between the two softwares are the following:

Resolume is considered the VJ industry standard, and runs on both Windows and MacOS.

Resolume uses it's custom video codec for VJ loops: DXV.

Resolume is a very robust software, that includes it's own video mapping tools.

VDMX, less known, allows a very modular approach. All windows can be configured separately, and every parameter can be linked to another one, allowing virtually endless possibilities.

VDMX only runs on MacOS, and uses the open source HAP-codec for encoding VJ loops.

February 24, 2022

Catch me at Retro Nation

For their 9th anniversary edition, I'll be VJ'ing at Retro Nation all night long, on Saturday 12th of March, at the Entrepot in Bruges. They'll be playing 90's techno, the hard kind! ;-)

Here's a link to the event.

I'd say, be there, or be a plane figure with four equal straight edges connected by 90° angles.

February 21, 2022

A trip back to childhood

With the Windows Pipes Screensaver

I remember this like it was yesterday, gazing for hours at my uncle's computer screen: Mesmerized by the computer graphics pipes, endlessly being generated into three dimensional space!

And funny how it's only later you're aware of not being the only one who lived this exact same experience, but rather you share it with many many kids around the world.

It makes you wonder what other visceral memories you share with total strangers ... Perhaps a love for drum & bass, and dubstep culture, developed during those same teen years? You'd be surprised ;-)

My (reconstructed) Windows Pipes Screensaver

February 19, 2022

Here’s to happy little accidents!

The other day my classmate Jana was messing around in Blender, trying to learn the software.

After a while she stumbled upon this result, which was clearly not her intention, knowing the interface basically crashed and was frozen.

After force quitting and relaunching the software, she was hoping to find her project left somewhat intact due to auto-save, but the cgi gods were just not on her side that day.

But hey, I must say I'm really a fan of this happy little accident, that otherwise would have been lost forever if it wasn't for me capturing it on camera! Thank you Jana for being a daring explorer, and Blender for allowing beautiful mistakes to happen.

February 17, 2022

What’s under the hood?

My new love for the open-case desktop format

Having built a Hackintosh myself, I tend to appreciate the nerdy side of dektop building.

When I stumbled upon this piece by Egor Kraft, visiting the NTAA at Zebrastraat Ghent, I totally fell in love with the way the artwork presents itself to the viewer.

Egor Kraft's open desktop case

This open-case desktop is part of a larger AI-driven sculpture art installation. Basically, the computer works 24/7 in order to generate ever-shifting 3D face models based on digitally restored greek statues.

In a way the concept feels very close to Memories of Passersby I by Mario Klingemann. But I must say I personally favor the rough, almost cyber-punk'ish esthetic, of this open dektop format over the elegant look of the jugendstil closet, that fully hides the computer. Almost as if the AI computer was not worthy of recognition for its crucial contribution to the artwork.

February 16, 2022

A peek into LUCA’s Stopmotion Room

Last week, when following the Digital Dimensions courses, other students chose to follow a stopmotion workshop instead. They were coached during an intense 2-week period by the famous duo of Emma de Swaef, and her husband Marc James Roels.

Shooting was done in Dragonframe, and later this week the students will have to finish their final edit.

Here's a snapshot of how such a stopmotion setup looks like. This particular project is made by my fellow students and friends Max Ferguson and Miha Reja. Although we differ totally in styles, I appreciate their work ethic and exploring of rather complex but meaningful themes.

I'm very curious to see their final result!

February 14, 2022

Digital Dimensions Introduction

Last week we attended an introduction to the Digital Dimensions by Alexandra Crouwers, together with the students at LUCA School of Arts.

We got loads of inspiration from online references (mainly YouTube). At some point we dived into the NFT sphere. That's where I realized it must be a huge commitment to be present in that virtual-trading world! Much like building a name on Twitter, or jumping on the Metaverse bandwagon, once you start, I feel like you must go all the way, right?

That's also when I noticed I was doing the exact same thing with Instagram. Following trends, trying to keep up with posting for the sake of posting, almost like screaming into some kind of void at times.

Now, where the Digital Dimensions lectures really contributed, is in confirming that physical/tactile memories tend to stick the most for me! From all the visual references and crazy tools that where almost aggressively thrown towards us students (which was appreciated in a way), for me it was really the books and human interactions that stuck the most in hindsight.

Allow me to share some examples to demonstrate this visceral connection in a few bullet points.

  • How cool do these books look?! (and this is just their cover)
  • Try this trippy experience together with some friends. The important part is to actually do it with others, together! To share the same animation simultaneously (but also individually) so to speak.
  • One of my classmates, Jana, had the brilliant idea to turn learning the blender software into some kind of contest! With the four of us who agreed to participate, we tried to recreate the best Pikachu model possible, in only 15 minutes. After, we let the teacher decide which one she liked the best, and she chose Jana's! But then another classmate, Vic, had the equally brilliant idea to import her model into the Mixamo character animation tool. Here's the somewhat final result ... I totally dig it!

February 13, 2022

First VJ gig of the year confirmed!

And two other events pending

Seems like now that the Belgian authorities announced venues are soon allowed to host large indoor events again, the industry is getting ready to organize like never before ... Including calling upon VJ services, and I'm so grateful for this!

This almost feels like finally coming back to my craft, except I've actually never left it in the first place. It's really bizarre to know I'm virtually VJ'ing full-time, except for the pandemic affected the event industry with such big hits, that at several moments I almost felt like I didn't VJ at all, and I'd be lying if I kept calling myself a professional VJ.

It's mostly the yo-yo effect that made the pandemic a very challenging period for many, both financially and mentally. Every time you feel like getting some fresh momentum, it gets taken away from you when the corona measures are tighten up once more.

So indeed you can imagine, when hearing from two event organizers about a new potential collaboration, and one other gig that basically got confirmed, I took it as one reassuring compliment.

See you soon at your local venue ... Come and say hi to your favorite VJ!

February 12, 2022

Anima Festival 2022 Teaser

I got selected by the Brussels International Animation Film Festival Anima with my student teaser submission! Multiple art schools participated, including La Cambre, RITCS, HEAJ, and also LUCA.

The idea was to provide a short 20 second intro animation for Anima to use at their showings.

Presenting: We, Aerself, And I, an audiovisual exploration of gender and sexuality through a variety of shapes, shades, and sounds.

Although the starting point for this teaser was LGBTQIA+, the Anima Jury decided to use it under the "Music Videos & Commercials" category. As a VJ working in the music industry, and Motion Designer who worked a bunch in advertising, I'm taking it as a huge compliment! Or maybe just as a funny coincidence ;-)

You can check out all the other student teasers here: https://animafestival.be/nl/programma/teasers

February 11, 2022

Spatial Computing Lab LUCA Brussels

A very first impression

Today we visited LUCA School of Arts' Spatial Computing Lab (SCL) with the 3Ba animation and film students.

I must admit, I'm very excited about this (hidden) campus feature! It's located in the basement of the main building, and I'd never have stumbled upon it by accident.

The main feature of the Lab is it's 3 screen projection setup, with surround sound system. There's an Azure Kinect device located at the middle of the front screen, to capture both RGB and infrared image, as well as basic audio input.

There's also the possibility to use a Leap Motion device, and a top fisheye webcam that captures the whole floor area. On top of that, the Lab provides a more compact 3 monitor desk setup, to test-run projects on a smaller scale before actually bringing them into the bigger projection setup. Quite impressive!

Derivative's TouchDesigner software is the weapon of choice at the Spatial Computing Lab, which I'm personally a huge fan of. MadMapper is used for projection with the 3 beamer setup. The Lab uses it's own local network, separate from the one used campus-wide, which allows super reliable OSC and Spout communication between different devices.

It also seems like the staff keep exploring new techniques such as real-time tracking of more complex scenes within Unreal Engine.

Nevertheless, I still feel like the main purpose of the Spatial Computing Lab is designed towards enabling more experimental forms of animation and film, and encouraging students to explore their practice through scrappy but concrete prototypes.

Although LUCA's SCL is only 1 year young, it feels like the staff really know what they're doing, and their whole setup seems very reliable at first sight!

I'll have to book some time there to actually dig deeper into what makes sense for me to use.

To be continued! Preferably sooner than later.

LUCA press: https://www.luca-arts.be/nl/luca-richt-spatial-computing-lab-op

February 10, 2022

NTAA Zebrastraat Ghent

Yesterday I visited the international New Technological Art Award (NTAA) at Zebrastraat Ghent.

I highly recommend this diverse selection of artistic work within the (new) technological sphere.

With contemporary topics such as crypto mining, climate change, and A.I. characters, the artworks challenge our views on how technology relates itself to those topics.

The artwork below was my personal favorite, you'll have to discover the rest for yourself ;-)

Peter Burr (US) Dirtscraper | 2020 (2,5 m x 7 m wall projection)

This free exhibition runs February 5 - March 13, 2022
Zebrastraat 32/001 - 9000 Ghent - Belgium

Their website: https://www.zebrastraat.be/en/ntaa