22/01/2015

Winter vernissage

Polychroming by artist Joe Clark - Centrum Berlin
Some ideas in my head after attending a vernissage in Neükölln or another Berlin Bermuda triangle should I say. You are inside the berliner U-Bahn ring but far from everything. But it's a real urban density that reminds you that you are in a real city. A part of Berlin I only know for its galleries, independent art places, book shop with concert place hidden in the basement you enter by what could be interpreted as a trap, bar that become clothes shop by day, nest of hipsters, old airport turned into a kitesurfing spot... A part of the city I almost only remember by night except during the 48Stunden Neükölln.

Centrum, the place of the day. First time was last summer at the occasion of the Project Space Festival where with two friends we wrote about the different art places. Centrum of last August was special to us. They were not the only ones but one the first thanking us of the article we wrote about them and it was a transition, former owner giving the keys to the new key master Mareike. She took well care of the place, sadly I missed the previous exhibition but this time I made it!

I have to say the name of the installation has attracted my attention: Polychroming. Probably a déformation professionnelle. Not much to say when you find the installation interesting. The chance I had was to be there early and was able to converse with the artist Joe Clark which is always good.

I don't know if it is the location of the Reuterstrasse. But as during my first visit of Centrum - or other places in this area - there is something rough about the environment, make me thing of each place I enter as an inhabited cavern, expecting painting on the walls, except yesterday was a projection on a tilted wooden deck of silver-ish kind of stone.

One last thing I should start study the relation between vernissage and choice of beer proposed. I wonder if it says something. Yesterday was Flensburger, a good choice.






20/01/2015

Pano for the people 2

I "closed" this project by adding some final examples. More precisely examples where something can go wrong and showing what it means in images.

One important thing to be able to create a beautiful little planet is to have made first a full spherical panorama picture. This panorama has to be presented as a rectangular image, an equirectangular image of ration 2:1, this means the virtual camera that would have taken this image has an equirectangular lens of field of view 360°. That is the requirement for my scripts and function that generate template file to control hugin. But you are free to distort any rectangle images with different ratios.

All the codes and guidelines here panoToLittlePlanet.

What does it mean to generate a little planet from the south hemisphere of full spherical panorama? The answer below:

full spherical image with only the south hemisphere visible.

the resulting little planet.

14/01/2015

Pano for the people

The past fews day, actually during Chistmas vacation, I started to think how can I make easier the process of creating little planet panorama pictures. Before my android phone decided to update its software I could directly from the phone generate the little planet from a full spherical panorama, not anymore. That's not a bit problem because using hugin you can in three to four click generate a little planet. This means to perform some remapping from an equirectangular panorama.

To avoid having to open hugin again and knowing that you can script hugin I created python script with some functions to automatize this process.

The code and explanation are beautifully stored and located on my public github account panoToLittlePlanet.

The famous little planet pictures are in this flicker little planet photo album.

11/01/2015

Nos amis les mayas

À trois près ils avaient raison, début 2015 et non 2012. Tristesse.

Le stress de se dire il y a pire qui arrive. L'énorme stress en suivant le file d'actualité vendredi dernier et d'être dans l'impossibilité de faire quoi que ce soit d'autres que d'attendre, souffler, attendre.

L'espoir, faible, mais espoir quand même, tellement il va falloir travailler après ces tragiques évènements. La chance est qu'ils ont touchés tout le monde, toutes les générations, tous. Il y a du boulot, pour tout le monde. Surtout éviter la récupération politique et religieuse d'une réaction populaire - qui a l'air massive - qui forcément sera simpliste - la récupération - dans l'explication de cette réaction. Sinon on n'avancera pas et ce sera la énième prise de conscience temporaire avant de replonger.

L'idée, une idée est que l'on réussisse à vivre ensemble, c'est assez farfelue comme idée je l'admets. Nous sommes tous différents et ces différences font avancer les choses, sinon c'est la mort.

Le choc des armes à feu aussi. On n'est pas aux US mais en France. La simple pensée qu'une personne se balade dans la rue avec une arme à feu me fait flipper. Dans un monde civilisé ce n'est pas normal. L'auteur de cet article s'est déjà fait braquer il y a quelques années lors d'un voyage professionnel aux US et il sait que ce n'est pas cool d'avoir une arme pointée dans sa direction. L'auteur aussi se doute que c'est encore moins cool d'être contrôlé régulièrement car sa couleur n'est pas assez blanche ou simplement de se faire descendre par prévention.

Pas spécialement optimiste ce dimanche soir.

14/11/2014

Valerian agent spacio temporel - episode transatlantique

What a long day, subway, walking, flying, subway again and finally Berlin. Long distance flight in autumn puts you in a another time space. You start your journey in the underground by day time, when the subway reaches the surface on his way to the airport the night has come, you can't see much outside because you are too far from the city lights and you are constantly in the position of having to wait or having to run, you are prisoner of your own schedule.

Seated with a window on my right I can barely see the extremity of the wing, too big, too windy, too dark. On board the KLM crew is struggling to make function each individual video screen. Organized as I'm I forgot my book in my checked luggage, so I re-started Bel-Ami on my tablet to kill the time. Eventually the on-board team succeed to reboot the system, but I will only see 15min of something on a bad screen and left to say hello to Morpheus.

When I wake up it's Amsterdam again. Next day. I'm getting closer. Two more hours waiting and a last jump in the sky to Berlin. Smooth landing, I get my luggage and my TXL almost immediately. Good to be home. People are drinking beers in the bus, no one is hiding. Started in New York Upper West Side near 96st - and some cream cheese bagels for the breakfast - with several stops in Wall Street, stopping by the North and South Pools and continuing by a short visit in l'Imprimerie on Spring Street 11 I finish my journey as I started it yesterday, with something to eat, kettwurst it was.