Digital Arts & Creative Technology

PORTALS interactive video-mapping installation

Hosted by Sam Meech

A Portal has opened

A mysterious glowing disc appears, inviting people to play.

PORTALS is a mesmerizing interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns through movement and colour.

For one day only, the Portal opens upstairs at Macclesfield Library, from 10am – 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)

Phase One explores the generative properties of feedback and movement through projection mapping. Through audience movement and interaction, intricate patterns organically emerge from the portal, accompanied by sound samples by composer Tom Rea Smith.

For Phase Two, digital artist Sam Meech and musician Raz Ullah present a special performance in surround sound, using coloured lasers to generate organic video forms in Red, Green and Blue, that trigger a sweeping synth soundscape.

PORTALS is a sci-fi-inspired interactive video-mapping installation and AV performance exploring time, space and recursive patterns in nature. Hypnotic, enchanting, almost alive.

Libraries are portals to culture, stories, ideas. PORTALS creates a window in space-time – a glimpse to another dimension.

Encounter something surreal. An everyday sci-fi experience.
“a phantasmagorical pysch portal…a trans-dimensional odyssey” – Get Into This


Supported using public funding by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and by Cheshire East Council (SHIFT & Libraries)



Sam Meech is an artist and videosmith based in NW England, whose practice combines digital image-making, projection design, community engagement, and machine knitting. He is interested in the overlap and interplay between analogue and digital media, and the possibilities of combining the two in production and performance.

He has developed artistic commissions and projects for organisations including FACT (Liverpool, UK), The Lowry (Manchester, UK) Open Data Institute (UK), Royal Opera House (UK), National Film Board of Canada (CA) Quartier des Spectacles (CA, Mutek (CA), Liverpool Biennial (UK), British FiIm Institute (UK), Staro Riga Festival (Latvia), and numerous libraries, museums and local councils in the UK.

Sam is a part-time lecturer at Manchester School of Art, teaching on the Graphic Design BA, and a co-director of Re-Dock – a not-for-profit organisation, developing arts projects beyond the gallery, exploring ways in which communities relate to digital media, ideas and public space.