Virtual painting wall at TEDx Phnom Penh

What’s stopping you from being creative?

Warren Daly calibrating the LCD on an over head projector

Warren Daly - calibrating the LCD

Warren Daly from Invisible Agent and Chhan Dina presented at this years TEDx in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event combined live speakers with TED video screenings and discussions on the 15th of October 2011. Their presentation was entitled ‘The art of virtual obsolescence‘ and they displayed a working example of an interactive graffiti and painting wall constructed from recycled electronic equipment.

What is TEDx?

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This years event hosted 16 speakers covering topics such as global awareness, education, Khmer Unicode and more. There was live painting, spoken word and live music with participation from the audience. The event was streamed live on the web as part of the TEDx simulcast. Click here for more information regarding TEDx Phnom Penh.

Overcoming the barriers

Chhan Dina painting on the virtual canvas

Chhan Dina painting on a 2 meter wide digital canvas

Dina and Warren also encourage others to dream big and to overcome the barriers restricting their creativity. They shared experiences of how they overcame obstacles restricting them from creating digital art due to lack of access to resources. Chhan Dina painted live on a virtual painting wall that was made with seemingly obsolete equipment and a WiiRemote for less then $50 (US)

Build an interactive art projector using recycled equipment & a Wiimote

List of equipment

Full instructions including plans, photos and open source software coming soon!

The Team

Warren and Dina love to use their spare time teaching visual arts to underprivileged children and orphans in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They are constantly dreaming of new and innovative ways to explore and create art and digital media.

Chhan Dina – Cambodia painter & sculptor

Chhan Dina, Cambodia painter & sculptorDina Chhan works in a range of media, including painting and sculpture. Themes of life, music and everyday activities have captured her imagination over the past ten years.




Warren Daly – musician & visual artist

Excursions into man-machine integration has launched Warren headlong into the world of dynamic, engaging live electronics. He is always conjuring up larger and more extravagant ideas, so keep your ears and eyes peeled.  


7 responses to “Virtual painting wall at TEDx Phnom Penh”

  1. Rithy says:

    Hi Friends, your painting and talking were funny and inspired too. Please keep it up and i am looking forward to see you again soon.

  2. Here is a youtube video of our testing phase

  3. Spewey Walshe says:

    Great work! Didn’t know there was a live stream, hope you recorded the talk and are going to put it online somewhere, would love to see it.

  4. […] was busy with various other projects in October. TEDx was the main focus of my attention, so I took some time off to reflect and build on my next live […]

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