Combining a knowledge of fine art with the latest technology, Belgian artistic collective Skullmapping’s light-hearted projection mapping tech stunt entertained passengers at Brussels Airport.
Rubens’ Cupid Escapes His Painting thanks to “mini-mapping”
In the middle of Brussels Airport, travellers were to discover a new way of enjoying art. In a waiting room decorated with paintings by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, Cupid, from the painting The Feast of Venus (1636) decided to escape the confines of his picture frame and flit about the room getting up to mischief. This is all thanks to a projection mapping system, or mini-mapping, developed by Belgian artistic collective Skullmapping. The amusing artistic interlude was spotted by several travellers who shared images and clips of the spectacle on social networks.
Skullmapping is an artistic collective run by Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck
Filip Sterckx, the creative director of Skullmapping, started his first experiments with projection mapping over fifteen years ago, resulting in poetic art installations in which he projects video and animation on sculptures, such as “Peepshow” and “My Orca”. His work can be recognised by his inventive visual style, love for combining live-action and animation, and a tendency to break through the traditional 2D screen.
Antoon Verbeeck is a visual artist. Over the last 25 years he has been working as a succesfull figurative art painter and runs his own gallery in Leuven, Belgium. His paintings can be recognised by a strong 3D illusion. His so called “Lonely subjects”, in the middle of a big white space, provoke a meaning that is poetic, evocative, and often with a funny witticism. His urge to experiment has led him into the skullmapping adventure, where he uses his artistic know-how into new media art.
By using a profound artistic knowledge, and combining it with the latest technology, Skullmapping tells stories with stunning bespoke visuals. They conceptualise, produce and direct projects from start to finish, and deal with art in an experimental, technology-related way. Check out their website for more unique and inspiring projects.
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