Piece of Paper

A journey through a dystopic landscape, playing with creation, destruction, rebirth.


Piece of Paper was realized with a setup of triangle-cut paper sculptures, various pop-up sculptures and 40 kg of soil in the photo studio of Fabrica.
The only light comes from two video projectors reacting to Amon Tobin‘s track ‘Piece of Paper’ in realtime through a software programmed in vvvv. The visuals – partly mapped to the sculptures, partly non-mapped – are generative and based on algorithms, some nature footage shot in Italy and Croatia and, of course, the audio.

By combining the precise technique of projection mapping with its contrary – unmodified two-dimensional images distorted by projection onto jagged physical objects – a sense of the dystopic and surreal is emphasized, enhancing the interplay between music and visuals.

Winning video at Shift’s DOTMOV Festival 2012.
Winner of the Audience Award at Circuito Off, Venice, Italy, in 2012.
Shortlisted for the Screengrab New Media Award, Townsville, Australia, 2012.
Winning video of Amon Tobin’s Video Contest, 2011. Released on his official Boxset.



“Looking over the 194 entries this year, this piece immediately stood out from the rest. Transcending ‘real’ and synthetic, Schwarz’s creative use of projection mapping, camera angles and slippery scene transitions bestows the projection mapping genre with a breath of fresh air. With a subtle visual narrative, it captures the essence of Amon Tobin’s ‘Piece of Paper’ without cramping the imagination, leaving ample space for both artists to perform in.” – Selected and commented by David Linderman for Shift’s DOTMOV Festival 2012.


Selected Screenings
SCREEN Festival / LOOP, Barcelona, Spain, May 2013
Oodaaq Festival, Rennes, France, 18th May 2013
WRO Biennale 2013, Wroclaw, Poland, 8 – 11 May 2013
A A / B B, Panorama Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 23 March 2013
VGA Fest (DOTMOV Festival), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2013
DOS Disegnare Oggetti Sonori, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy, February 2013
TechArtLab (DOTMOV Festival), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, February 2013
Grauzone Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 2013
Federation Square (DOTMOV Festival), Melbourne, Australia, January 2013
konya-gallery (DOTMOV Festival), Fukuoka, Japan, January 2013
VAFA Video Art Festival, Macau, December 2012 – January 2013
Norbertellen Gallery (DOTMOV Festival), Los Angeles, USA, December 2012 – January 2013
CCC (DOTMOV Festival), Shizuoka, Japan, December 2012
Revenue S:t Eriksgatan 79 (DOTMOV Festival), Stockholm, Sweden, December 2012
Zakka (DOTMOV Festival), New York, USA, November – December 2012
CAI02 (DOTMOV Festival), Sapporo, Japan, November – December 2012
Celebrating Openness (DOTMOV Festival), Wisnu Open Space, Bali, Indonesia, November – December 2012
Off the Screen [Media Circus] CultureHub, New York, USA, November 2012
L’Aquila Film Festival, L’Aquila, Italy, November 2012
ICN Gallery Cafe (DOTMOV Festival), London, UK, November 2012
TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS (DOTMOV Festival), Tokyo, Japan, November 2012
ATTIC (DOTMOV Festival), Sapporo, Japan, November 2012
Design Weekend 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2012
FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2012
Pluto Festival, Opwijk, Belgium, October 2012
Festival International du Court Métrage- L’Hybride, Lille, France, October 2012
13th Circuito Off, Venice, Italy, September 2012
Screengrab New Media Exhibition, Townsville, Australia, August 2012
FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July – August 2012


Poster design: Matteo Di Iorio






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