Kepler's Dream: Analogue projection device for 3D printed content

Created by Ann-Katrin Krenz and Michael Burk

Concept and materiality come together in Kepler's Dream; an aesthetical investigation, exploring analogue projection technology combined with computationally created content, given a physical shape through 3D printing.


Remember having to wheel into class that heavy, ancient looking overhead projector? That amazing time saving tool, provided for teachers to help present their lesson, year after year, to different classes - no need to write up again on the blackboard. Well, Kepler's Dream was inspired by those obsolete projection technologies, especially the episcope. The installation was designed to generate unique imagery and a fascinating experience.


Keppler's Dream mixes digital aesthetics - parametric and generative shapes - with the qualities of analogue projection creates an otherworldly look that seems to be neither digital nor analog. Interacting with the installation creates a deeply immersive effect, as the instant reaction of the projection and the "infinite frame rate“ let this fantastical world come to life.


A spherical object was chosen to allow for a seamless exploration with the freedom to move in all directions.


The formal aesthetics of the first prototypes evoked associations with the model of the solar system in "Mysterium Cosmographicum" by Johannes Kepler, who is thought to have found the geometrical basis of the universe in the platonic bodies. 


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Modeling with CINEMA 4D


Digitale Klasse, Berlin University of the Arts 2014
Prof. Joachim Sauter, Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä, Stefan Schwabe

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