Team Animal Spirits

Team Animal Spirits occasionally combine forces to perform live visuals, a three-piece ‘visual band’:
Ellen Sorenson – paper cut puppetry and silhouettes
Robert Jarvis – hardware and software design
Jean Poole – digital compositing

(Photo by Daniel Lopez)

We got the band back together, to perform two sets at ‘Conviction’, organised by Dots and Loops in Brisbane:
– live visuals for Courtenay Cleary‘s virtuoso solo violin performance of David Lang‘s ‘Mystery Sonatas’
– live visuals for Tilman Robinson‘s later live audio remix of the concert

Right : Team Animal Spirits in action (crop of photo by Daniel Lopez), Left: screenshot of projection.

A delicate paper bird is carved out live during the performance, and then live-composited into scenery.

Rummaging through a pile of real leaves, to reveal a mix of paper and pixel leaves underneath.

  • Team Animal Spirits set-up:
    • tabletop screen for displaying graphics and moving paper-cut-outs and objects around on
    • camera for capturing from above, and sending signal to laptops for manipulation/feedback.
    • 1 laptop + midi controller for displaying graphics on screen, and controlling feedback.
    • 1 laptop for overall compositing and sending to projector.
  • examples paper cut outs
  • end result live composited on projector