A retabla is traditionally a screen behind an altar portraying glorified iconic figures
and is often created as an offering after a pilgrimage.
In this new interactive video installation, Max Almy and Teri Yarbrow have
created a contemporary, electronic version of a retabla with a Copper/LED table
and a high-tech holographic screen. Movement over the table triggers motion
activated projections of digitally illuminated iconic figures.
The digitally cut, patinated copper and LED tabletop is an interactive field. As
viewers interact with the light and patterns emanating from the LED, patterns and
figures are triggered on the screen.
Retabla is sponsored by Production Resource Group, (PRG), the largest
entertainment technology production company in the world. They donated a
Halo-Gauze projection screen for this year's Currents. It is a newly engineered
technology from the UK that is a highly transparent and highly reflective fabric for
creating 2D and 3D holographic effects and is one of only two screens in the
The live action was shot in collaboration with Audrey Derell Photography and
features Aviva Baumann and Spencer Toll. Shot entirely using an iphone 6+, the
super slo-mo green screen figures are enhanced and transformed with elaborate
digital effects, composited imagery and particle animations.
Special thanks to: Audrey Derell, Rob Kellenbeck, Brad Yarbrow, Tom Sorce at
PRG, Andy and Tina Atkins, and Curtis Wachs at Po-motion.