The Illuminator is a collaborative political art project which was created in the context of Occupy Wall Street. Conceptually we are a counter-spectacle tactical media machine, materially we are a group with a van and a huge projector.
One of my roles in the group is to develop open source tools for us and anyone interested in doing similar things. While we upgrade our official webpage to include a large TOOLS section, I’m maintaining a separate version here.
The People’s Pad
This allows you to rig up a quick webcam pointed down at white paper, then using a thick marker your hand and drawing will take over a surface. It’s projection-mapping ready, see instructions in-app.
The Protest Generator was initially created for our intervention in Montreal in 2014. The government had outlawed protests of more than 50 people, so we decided to project hundreds of virtual protesters into the streets.
This tool consists of an After Effects project, a green screen video of someone holding a sign, and a photoshop file of a different protest sign. You can film your own green screen videos and swap them out for ours, and even create your own signs, which will then be held by marchers!
The Basic Mapper is an open source, free alternative to MadMapper. Note that this allows for just one single source and is limited compared to MadMapper (which we know and love).
The best place for more info on The Illuminator is our facebook page where you will find media, contacts, and more.
This short directed by Alex Mallis shows the maiden voyage of our bicycle projector, the Green Lumen
Done in collaboration with Stop Stop and Frisk in the Bronx
Done in collaboration with The Guerrilla Girls
Linked above, this video details our response to the P-6 anti-protest laws in Quebec