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February 17, 2016

LiDAR Error Art


ScanLAB Projects has seen a lot of press recently for their artistic work with LiDAR, which includes everything from music videos to visualizations for the New York Times. But I’ve never seen press about their most beautiful work.

About two years ago, they completed a project called NOISE:ERROR IN THE VOID. The gist is that they gathered two LiDAR scans in Berlin in November of 2013, except, instead of using the technology to “create near perfect digital 3D replicas of buildings, landscapes, objects and events,” they pushed the technology to show its errors.

The result is two films that show “the unedited view of the world as seen through the eyes of a LiDAR machine. Reality is shrouded in a cloud of mistaken measurements, confused surfaces and misplaces three-dimensional reflections.”

In other words, these films show the totally raw data collected by the scanner, before it’s processed for our consumption, removing false positives, false reflections, and other errors. It’s weird, it’s beautiful, and it might even be art. (I, for one, think it is.)

Watch below for a video preview.

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