3D Video Mapping – Onionlab


3D video mapping is a technique that consists of adapting images to project them onto real surfaces, such as volumetric objects and façades.

There are several contexts where this technique can be applied. At Onionlab we are experts at using it.

1. Video mapping as an audiovisual show

Audiovisual shows at light festivals are the main events where outdoor projection mappings are celebrated.

Axioma, is one of our most renowned and consequently adapted 3D mappings. Axioma is a fascinating journey taking us through different stages of dimensionality.

It was projected at Llum Festival, Barcelona, Glow Festival, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Luma festival, Binghamton (USA) and Klanglicht Festival, Graz (Austria).

Another well- known mapping, projected at audiovisual shows, is Paradoxa, created for Solid Light Festival 2019. Thanks to its popularity we also created the VR and Dome version.

The concept of Paradoxa is built on the idea of time traveling. It consists of various complex structures, imaginary spaces, mechanisms and time machines.

The results of mapping are always spectacular, as in the case of Ulterior. Ulterior was projected on one of the most emblematic buildings: Pantheon.

LEDs placed on the interior of the columns and moving lights also formed a part of this astonishing combination that brightened and transformed the Pantheon.

2. 3D video mapping for events

Projection mapping can be projected onto façades or it could be used at big events, such as Scenarios was created for Yota Devices.

We projected abstract visuals over the wooden surface. Scenarios was presented at Barcelona’s 2013 Mobile World Congress.

Another big event where we used projection mapping was FIE 105. Onionlab was in charge of the audiovisual content and sound design for the 6-hour event to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the International Fencing Federation.

3. Video mapping for exhibitions

Projection mapping can also be used at exhibitions. For the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Yeosu 2012 International Exhibition we created an audiovisual content.

We were commissioned to produce several audiovisual pieces focusing on scientific expeditions Malaspina I (1789-1794) and Malaspina II (2010-2011) promoted by the Spanish Government.

Our project, Sala 5 created for the Spanish Pavilion at World Expo Milano 2015.

In this case, we projected onto hundreds of dishes that covered the walls and ceiling of the exhibition room.

4. Projection mapping for cultural presentations

Projection mapping can be also used at various cultural presentations such as celebrations or anniversaries. One of our most celebrated mappings is undoubtedly El Prado.

It was created for the occasion of the bicentenary of the National Museum of El Prado.

Another project used for the cultural presentation is Towards Biology, a piece created in collaboration with Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura for Venice Architecture Biennale.

In Towards Biology we consider abstractly, from the exhibition’s perspective, the values of La Fábrica, creative epicenter and space of the Taller de Arquitectura from the mid-1970s to the present day.