Taxonomy of Media Installations

This ongoing project originally came out of a course-based collaborative project that I was a part of in the Spring of 2013. As a part of a course called “Media Installations” the class was tasked with a collecting as many examples as possible of various kinds of media based installations. My aim here is to better catalogue and organize the findings from this course, and to continue to adding materials over time.


Steve Wilson’s Artlinks
Create Digital Motion
The Fun Theory
Creative Applications network
Nexus Productions Interactive Arts
Design I/O 


Angela Bulloch
Ben Fry
Christopher Warnow
Camille Utterback
Chris Musgrave
Christian Moeller
Daniel Rozin
Daniel Shiffman
Gary Hill
Golan Levin
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
Jenny Holzer
Josh Nimoy
Ken Rinaldo
Marie Sester
Mary Franck
Mark Napier
Michael Naimark
Myron Krueger
Nam June Paik
Natalie Jeremijenko
Paul Debevec
Paul Pfeiffer
Paul Sermon
Raphael Lozano-Hemmer
Reuben Margolin
Scott Snibbe
Simon Penny
Steve Mann
Takeshi Murata
Tim Hawkinson
Tony Oursler
Zach Lieberman
Adam Frank
Chris Jordan
Martin Arnold
LEMUR Ballet Mecanique
Andrea Polli
Sabrina Raaf
George Legrady
Jim Campbell
Siggraph 2011 Art Gallery
Carsten Nicolai
Pe Lang
Chris Ziegler
Aaron Meyers
Chris O Shea
Theo Watson
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Taezoo Park
Ann Hamilton
Chris Shen
Maryanne Amacher
Digital Obscura
V Squared Labs
Moment Factory
AV Concepts
Dumb Type
Ryoji Ikeda
Klaus Obermaier
Chunky Move


Projection mapping onto existing structures

Amon Tobin – Isam Performance
Projection Mapping Game
Sony PS3 Video
Ballroom projection mapped game/environment
Light Canvas
Yekpare (Monolithic)
Spider Projection
Skate Ramp projection mapping
Living Room Projection
1024 blog
Audio Visual Academy
Jenny Holzer, Truisms
Jeongmoon Choi: UV Light/Threads
Firewall by Aaron Sherwood
VPT – Projection Mapping Free Application
The Spectacle – Rice University
Sikka Magnum – Projection mapping on DVDs
High Arctic
Front Pictures Massive Installation – Video Renaissance

Projection onto objects designed to be projected onto

Chunky Move
Mecaniques Discursives
Davy & Kristen McGuire | The Ice Book
Paul Sermon | Telematic Dreaming
Taezoo Park

Projection onto things that are moving

Explore Your Dual World
Klaus Obermaier – Apparition
interactive projection

3D Projection onto 2D objects

ineractive projection wall

Color and light fields

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer | Flatsun
Yayoi Kusama | Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies
Cloud Pink

Audio installations, single or multi-channel

Janet Cardiff, “The Forty Part Motett 1, The Forty Party Motett 2, The Forty Part Motett 3

Delay systems audio and/or video

Dan Graham’s Present Continuous Past 1974
Boomerang, Richard Serra with Nancy Holt
Modern day variation on Boomerang – Video 1, Video 2, Video 3
Alvin Lucier “I am sitting in a room”
“I am sitting in a room” YouTube
The Pillow Project “Luminography”
David Tinapple Cyclying74 interview
Accretive systems that gather info/ images / audio of viewers and add them to the output
Theo Watson, Knee Deep
Theo Watson and Emily Gobeille, Funky Forest
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer | Voice Arrary
Ant Farm, Media Van
Matthew Mosher, If These Walls could Speak

Synchronized displays

Kurt Hugo Schnider, Music Video
Joe Penna aka Mystery Guitar Man
Marco Tempest TED talk

Tracking people from overhead

Access Project, Marie Sester
Chris O Shea, Hand From Above
Golan Levin, Snout
rain room you won’t get wet

Tracking head positions of viewers


Software available for mapping/playback

Video Projection Tool (VPT)
Troikatronix | Isadora
Figure 53 | QLab
Green Hippo
Dataton | Watchout
Derivative | Touch Designer

Installations that involve movement, kinetic systems

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest
Daniel Rozen, Mechanical Mirrors
Reuben Margolin: On Kinetic Ar
Apparition – Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab

Crowdsourced Response/Reaction videos

Virtual Choir 3: Water Night
When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring at Computers’
2601 People Wrote This Song
The Johnny Cash Project
B.R.O.X. Annotation game
Installations that are essentially musical instruments
Musion Eyeliner
Piano stairs

Touch sensitive systems

Firewall (touch and sound sensitive)
Makey Makey: touch sensitive arduino
Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau, created in the Digitalarti Artlab
touch wall
Robert Henke’s “Fragile Territories”
Born Ruffians “What To Say”


Drop Experiment
Zoetrope effect
Nathan Yau | Flowing Data
David McCandless | Information is Beautiful
Dustin Smith | Chart Porn
Peter Jellitsch | Bleecker Street Documents


Yet to be categorized

Gideon Obarzaneks Digital Moves
Without Hesitation
Out of Bounds

Resources for Working with Sensors

DF Robot
Make Magazine on Arduino
SparkFun Electronics