Obsession With Inkjet

By Mary Schilling / Published:

Back in 2017, Indie band OK Go, achieved a task like no other. Elaborately choreographing a 4-minute music video using 567 perfectly timed Canon inkjet desktop printers, creating a waterfall of A4 prints.

OK Go uses 567 printer make up the video background.

Click for behind the scenes video

Paper used in the video was sponsored by Thai paper company Double A, who was also a sponsor of the Canon thINK Forum 2020 held virtually last week.

Hoping for no paper jams, jet outs or banding, this merry cast of talented artists worked meticulously with Japanese creative agency Six Tokyo to create such a show.

What they call Color Mapping, is really complex programming of printers to print individual pages that represent an individual image pixel. No magic, just inkjet.

This team worked two and a half years to plan and five days to film this piece, showing a real dedication and love for paper and inkjet. Or as they say, an obsession.

With that much effort, it’s worth a replay.

Post Project paper collection for recycle and donation

Rest assured all the paper was recycled and proceeds donated to Greenpeace at the end of the 2 years. Now what happened to all those printers and cartridges?

Check out their final video creation.

And I thought I was obsessed with inkjet.

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About the Author

Mary Schilling


Mary Schilling writes about technical inkjet industry articles, provides RIP and workflow training, manages print quality analysis evaluation, ink management and color management for OEM’s and end users for pre and post machine installs. Mary Schilling consults with paper mills, fluid and inkjet machinery suppliers on how to improve color and print quality for high speed and industrial inkjet involving paper, plastics, metal, fabric and glass with UV and aqueous inkjet fluids. This experience led her to receive Innovator of the Year awards from the Flexographic Technical Association and from Xplor International for her efforts in closing the gap between inkjet printing for document, and digital corrugated packaging. She is the owner of Schilling Inkjet Consulting, Published Author and Certified ColorGate Color Trainer and Distributor. Her latest published works can be found www.thinkforum.com/bookstore

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