Image of the day: VJ by Michaela Chmelickova

Computer Arts: How did you get into VJing and what does it entail?
Michaela Chmelickova
: I first got into VJing six years ago, when I studied visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. This was where I learned to use VJ software, and realised I absolutely loved it. Even though I did visuals sporadicly in venues around Bratislava, it was at the Nu Spirit Club where I started doing them on a regular basis. I really enjoy making visuals for live music and I love the way I can use them to add to the overall atmosphere. To me, making live visuals means taking on the responsibility for the way the audience experience the performance.

Bespoke visuals are much better than just playing random images from the web. I believe it's the VJ's job to be prepared for the show, to be willing to actively listen to the music and be guided by it. Ideally the VJ and musician spur each other on. I always try my best to capture the flow of the music with moving images – though I'm not against the narrative approach, either. What I like most is when the VJ and musician interact directly during the performance.

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