The Clash of the Titans
The Grandmaster Game is based on a chess match between Kasparov and Topalov and to this day is called “Kasparov’s Immortal” chess match. I did the animation in Maya (a digital 3D animation software). The animation consisted of 6,100 frames. The rendering took three weeks and two days, running 24 hours a day. Only some 4,300 frames were incorporated into the animation. For dramatic effect, I ended the animation to leave the viewer at a cliffhanger – not quite knowing how the match would end. I chose the sound track from Star Wars to accompany the animation.
For the installation, I 3D printed the chess pieces in black and white out of PLA and designed and laser cut the chessboard out of acrylic. I constructed a wire “shelving” structure to suspend the chess set in mid-air. I used augmented reality to bridge the gap between the physical and digital reality. The keys were a digital signature and a photo of the starting position of the match. When a smart device, using the app Junaio, scans the digital signature, and is then pointed at the photograph of the starting position, what you see is the animation with the digital models.
If you want to see the augmented reality feature, please download Junaio app