Mystery Lights

Buildings light up with digital art from students at NCC

Mia Rossi,

Mystery Lights

Projection Mapping is the ability to take images and map them directly to the shape of a building or objects, while considering how windows, doors and more could fit into the mix when mapping on buildings. Mapping like this was a part of the #MysteryLights exhibit displayed in places across Bethlehem from November 20 to November 23. With the help of Jason Zulli, Northampton Community College (NCC) art professor, communication design majors, Tommy Morales and Phil Jones, expanded their portfolio by taking part in #MysteryLights.

Zulli wanted to examine the relationship between time, space and motion by developing and implementing a set of digital art exhibits that transform spaces. This idea sparked the concept of #MysteryLights where moving artwork would pop up on different buildings nightly and the artists were revealed at the end of the project, thus the mystery.

“I really try to find ways to show students that it’s not just magazines, commercials and videos,” says Zulli, “It can be abstract as well.”

When the project started, Zulli and his students projected images onto the buildings and marked where they wanted the moving images to go. Then, they used software that allowed them to manipulate the images and play with the light coming out of the projector. 

“Projection mapping is about where the light hits not how to change the image. The software allows an artist to control where the light hits on the building, which in turn allows them to control perspective, masking and grids within the visual images, making it look like it was part of the building,” Zulli said. 

Professor Zulli now incorporates mapping into many of his classes at NCC. During #MysteryLights, Zulli even partnered with ArtsQuest to project and unveil the new 2020 Musikfest poster, created by Doug Boehm, NCC alum and art graduate.

Check out the WFMZ coverage of #MysteryLights here.