Help Fund This Projection-Mapped Guitar Performance

February 5, 2014 | Andy Cush

The brilliant acoustic guitarist Kaki King is taking to Kickstarter to fund her next project, an audiovisual performance that will turn her guitar into a canvas for vibrant projections.

A technique called projection mapping — which displays images on a particularly shaped surface, and only that surface — turns King’s guitar into a luminous, reactive thing. As she plays, the audio is analyzed and used to drive the visuals, so that what you’re seeing is created by what you’re hearing. King explains:

One of the things I’ve tried to do in my career as a guitarist is to push the limits of the guitar far beyond what is expected. I’m always employing new techniques, tunings, and approaches in order to coax out sounds that haven’t been heard before. This show is an extension and exploration of that philosophy. If the guitar can show any picture or wear any kind of skin then how will I relate to it as an instrument that I’m so comfortable with, and is it possible for an audience to see such a familiar object in an entirely new way?

The piece, dubbed The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, reached its funding goal already, but you can still contribute here if you’d like.