Brooklyn’s ‘Limitless AI’ uses Hippotizer to immerse visitors in a massive video installation
United States – An army of Hippotizer media servers has landed in Brooklyn to feed massive amounts of visual data to 63 HD projectors in the immersive experience of ArtsDistrict Brooklyn’s Limitless AI, filling the 10,000-square-foot main gallery space with 360-degree video.
Created by internationally renowned Istanbul-based artists Ferdi and Eylul Alici of Ouchhh Studio, Limitless AI transports audiences to a world of culture, science and nature. Artificial intelligence depicts terabytes of data, involving billions of brushstrokes by historical masters like Leonardo da Vinci, physics lessons by greats like Stephen Hawking, and brainwave responses by musicians as they perform, among many other extraordinary things. The five-part, 60-minute experience is presented as five separate chapters and includes a finale with live music and an opportunity to interact with the video.
At the heart of the real-time manipulation of video data are seven Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 media servers, controlled by a grandMA3 console. “We have Presets in Hippo for each show chapter and the TD computers generate live data that is sent to the Hippo servers via NDI,” explains Sofia Claudino, video lead for Limitless AI. “Everything is controlled by our Boreal MK2+ servers and they communicate with the grandMA3 via a Multi-Controller and DMX component. Triggering is then done through the console, using a high-precision universal clock system that synchronizes both video and audio systems. It’s a very complex system, and we’re impressed with the ability to run a timecode-based show that requires out-of-sight calling solutions, as a continuous timeline doesn’t suit our needs.
The team says that given the cavernous size of the room, they needed media server hardware capable of sending projections to multiple surfaces. Inside there is a revolving stage with a concave and convex projection surface and 14 walls with a height of more than 4 meters. “We are actually looking for more projectors, to supplement the 63 that are already there,” continues Claudino. “There are so many that it was necessary to use the Boreal MK2+ servers to fully cover our main gallery. We use 21 DataPath units that help control and adjust the output of the footage, hence the necessary ability to support 4K, a 4TB internal drive that allows our main show to run at near capacity, and a 10Gb Ethernet for super fast media transfers as we also use an NDI feed from Touch Designer machines to our Hippotizer servers.”
The 4TB of graphics data is fully processed, manipulated and fed to the projectors by the Boreal MK2+ media servers, with the Strata Drive hosting all media. “The fast processing speed is very important to us, there are no stutters or stutters for a second and all media plays very smoothly,” adds Claudino.
Green Hippo’s support team assisted Limitless AI’s visuals team in creating, building and operating the ambitious show. “Hippo’s technical support team has been very generous,” continues Claudino. “They have always succeeded in helping me find the best solutions.”
Jacob Feldman, Head of Business Development for ArtsDistrict, comments: “We chose the Boreal+ MK2 servers because the intention was for the show to be live from the start and change nightly depending on the music and performers. The last chapter feeds live data from EEG monitors on the musicians to TouchDesigner and then via NDI to the Hippos. The music being performed can and will change with every show, which in turn requires additional triggering/calling skills from a backstage perspective.”
“We are still realizing the potential of Hippotizer as we can not only program a timecode based main show, but are also interested in exploring other possibilities of Hippotizer such as planning different timelines for other small and large scale events here in ArtsDistrict . Claudino adds. “These features, which meet the needs of our various events, are simply not found on other media servers.”
After a soft launch this summer, Limitless AI will open to the public in December.