Personal Museums: World Cup launch
In tune with the buzz around this year’s World Cup, Soup Collective spent a week at the National Football Museum collecting stories from the public, triggered by their own World Cup memorabilia.
Personal Museums is an interactive filmmaking process developed in an initial residency in September last year as a way of using objects to evoke memories and stories. This summer marks the second phase of the project which has resulted in a new installation for the museum, launched this week.
In their residency, Soup Collective invited members of the public to bring in their football memorabilia, which was 3D scanned so that replicas could be made using a 3D printer. These replicas provide the focus for the installation which takes the shape of an interactive, miniature cinema. Visitors take an object, place it in the ‘peep show’ cinema, and watch as the object’s story is revealed. The installation uses projection mapping to play with perspective and scale as different elements of the film appear on and around the object.
These films are created by the participants using stop-motion animation and green screen techniques. Developing visual content for their story through these interactive processes enabled the participant to be involved in almost every stage. As much as possible, this was a process with instant results. As participants acted out parts of their story on a green screen backdrop, they saw themselves projected onto the wall, beside their projected object. Many of the scenes made it into the final films, which were produced either during the residency or shortly after.
The immediacy of the these processes has always been a driving force for the project, trying to get to a point where the film was finished before the participant had even left the room. From the dusty shelf of the owner to an ongoing archive of stories within an afternoon. Personal Museums bring the intimate and individual history of football to the National Football Museum.
"Personal Museums: World Cup" has been made possible by funding from The International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Personal Museums project by Soup Collective is originally commissioned by National Football Museum as part of “Out of Play” supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
3:08 am • 4 August 2014
Personal Museums takes on the World Cup
Following on from last year’s successful residency
, we will be working again with the public in the National Football Museum’s immersive cinema space from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th of June
where we will:
- scan world cup memorabilia belonging to members of the public and relating to the world cup
- conduct interviews and make short videos
- 3D print versions of people’s world cup artefacts
If you can’t get along during those dates then we will still be working in the space on 20th of June and will be happy to show you how the technology works.
There will be a special “show and tell” lecture on the 18th of June at 1pm where you can get a special insight into the project from Jean Williams (University of DeMontfort) and John O’Shea (Visual Arts, National Football Museum).
8:31 am • 4 June 2014
NFM Personal Museums - Into final production
Production on our Personal Museums project for the National Football Museum is well under way now. 3D print production line is running at all hours - prototyping different connectors for the objects to be placed into the miniature cinema setting.
Millumin, a program we trialled during the residency, is proving useful to mock up the films, being a kind of on-the-fly After Effects to try out ideas and check the projection mapping. The hope is that by sketching out these films - using Millumin and a paired USB control surface to allow a raw interaction with the elements - and trying to keep a loose, responsive approach to them, we can take advantage of what projection mapping can offer without being too neat and exacting about it. The focus is on the characters, and their relationship with the object, and this setup is helping us keep that focus.
9:36 am • 16 March 2014
Modelling, modelling, modelling
We’ve got a bit of a conveyor belt system going in which Alex has been working with the 3D scans of football memorabilia to create 3D printable objects, and then passing them onto Jim and Alasdair to print. We have a fair few to do, but the 3D printer never ceases to amaze us. The image below shows Alex’s work in Z brush. Cleaning up the scans is a time consuming process, but this attention to detail pays off when the printed replica bears every bit of wear and tear this football has undergone through years of play.
7:25 am • 5 December 2013
The Next Step
Our residency has come to an end, and we have gathered the scans and stories of memorabilia from a wide range of people and clubs. We’re now using the data from the 3D scanner to create a model for each object, ready to 3D print.
Here’s a little teaser of how the objects will look. Remember Stanley Matthews’ boot? This picture shows a printed version created from the 3D scan. The level of detail in the print amazed us all, from the texture in the leather, to the holes for the laces.
8:07 am • 30 October 2013
We’ve begun our process of scanning and filmmaking in the National Football Museum and here’s an image of the final stage in which the participant can interact with their object using green screen. We’ll be here until Tuesday so pop in with your memorabilia and get involved.
8:45 am • 11 October 2013
Raspberry PI - An RFID triggered media server
Once we have finished capturing peoples objects and stories for the next exhibition phase of personal museums we will be embedding the 3D printed replica objects with RFID tags. This will enable participants to physically place the 3D prints on a plinth where it will trigger the corresponding film to appear projection mapped over the 3D printed object.
We have found the Raspberry Pi to be a great media server that has no issue instantly serving up HD video and video, the fact that we can use OpenFrameworks on the Pi has made it hard not to get carried away with the possibilities it also made development familiar and far easier than other solutions whilst remaining highly affordable and accessible.
Innovations ID-20LA RFID reader
RFID USB breakout
Raspberry PI 512mb
11:29 am • 10 October 2013
Our residency at the National Football Museum starts this week, and we’re getting ready to settle ourselves into the immersive cinema space to begin collecting stories for Personal Museums. We’ll be in the space from the 9th to the 15th of this month, open for anyone with memorabilia to come in and make a film about their object. The sessions include 3D scanning the object, recording the story that accompanies it, and using green-screen and animation techniques to create the visuals that will bring the object to life. All these elements will be put together in an interactive exhibition at the museum in which a 3D printed miniature replica of each object can be selected by the visitor, automatically triggering the films made this week.
Visit www.personalmuseums.co.uk to arrange a time to come in with your object and make it part of football history.
Posted by Annie Gibson.
9:00 am • 8 October 2013
As part of the National Football Museum’s celebration of 125 years of the Football League, each club in the League will be donating an object for the exhibition. We will be scanning some of these objects for Personal Museums, and we began with Stanley Matthews’ boot, donated by Blackpool F.C.
The model has been created using a 3D laser scanner which has acquired every bit of information from the boot, from its dimensions to the texture of the leather it’s made from. Alex has been piecing together that data to recreate the boot, which will enable us to print out an exact replica using a 3D printer.
10:24 am • 3 September 2013
The scanning begins; shoes and aeroplanes.
We’ve been busy researching the various techniques needed to bring the Personal Museums project from the ideas stage to an interactive film-making process.
The studio has been filled with 360º camera rigs, RFID tags and multi-projector set-ups, all with the aim of working out how best to 3D scan objects and project content onto 3D printed versions of them. The content projected will be made up of animations and green screen footage devised and produced by visitors to the National Football Museum. The films will be based upon the social lives of objects belonging either to the Museum’s collections, or to the visitor. We’ve been working this week to test out various animation styles and software that will be user friendly enough to allow the visitor to create their own films, visualising the personal meanings held by the objects.
Alex took a shoe and a toy aeroplane to test out the photo-scan rig. These images show the process of photographing the objects, and the resulting model below.
Posted by Annie Gibson.
4:19 am • 27 August 2013