Building Sized Projection Mapping

Luftwerk at Farnsworth House

You know we’re fans of architecture and also Luftwerk. But the duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallardo are teaming up again to illuminate the iconic Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. You may recall Luftwerk’s treatment of Falling Water…a projectionmapping treat on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s seminal works that we featured here. Projecting onto highly valued, protected works of architectural magnificence is not inexpensive. Luftwerk has initiated a Kickstarter campaign called INsite, to help fund the Farnsworth project so if you feel compelled, head on over to their site and kick a few bucks towards it. The Farnsworth House is one of my personal faves in the mid-century lexicon, in fact the house I grew up in closely resembles the lines. They do good work and your help would be most appreciated.

INsite Study No1, Photo by Kate Joyce

From their press release:

Luftwerk launches Kickstarter Campaign
The artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, also known as Luftwerk have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund INsite, a temporary public art
experience that transforms Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House into a canvas of light and sound.
“Based on an architectural video mapping test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. We are very excited to launch this campaign now and hope to illuminate the Farnsworth House in October 2014 after dark with funds raised by May 31st through Kickstarter.”
INsite intends to bring a new experience to the Farnsworth House that will attract new audiences and celebrate the lasting relevance of the architecture. By choosing Kickstarter as a way to support INsite, Luftwerk hopes to excite the community and build the audience for the fall installation. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mies enthusiasts and architecture lovers to see this icon of modern architecture in a new light.
Luftwerk’s fundraising goal is $25,000, which will support project development and equipment needs, as well as the installation and operation of the exhibit. Ten video projectors, encased in weatherproof housing, will display a seamless composition that highlights the structural minimalism of the Farnsworth House and its glass walls from the exterior to the interior. The video installation will be accompanied by an original music composition by Owen Clayton Condon, a Chicago based percussionist and composer and former member of Third Coast Percussion.
Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture. In 2011 they illuminated one of America’s most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. “Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature” was followed by a site-specific video installation “Luminous Field” (2012) that transformed Millennium Park into a digital playground, attracting over 65,000 visitors in only ten nights.”
www.luftwerk.net


PointCloud Media is online!

PClogoHuge shout out to our friends Jack Hattingh and Alan Demafiles- they’ve opened up shop at Pointcloud Media and their website is live. Check it out- they have an immense background in projectionmapping, domes, and other creative uses of projection.

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Immersive Ltd. for Greenpeace

From our friends over at Immersive Ltd. comes this building-sized projectionmapping done at the Friends House, home of Quakers in Britain.

Ben tells me they used 3 x Christie Roadie 35K to do the gig. Parts of the content were created by the in-house creative at Immersive’s Studio using 3D Studio Max, After Effects, Cinema 4D, Maya. Immersive also worked with students to produce some of the content using a variety of packages. Students were from Ravensbourne College, University of West London, Middlesex University and Teeside University.

The final piece was edited together in Final Cut Pro. The resolution of the project was 3600 x 1080.

Friends House - Projection Mapping - Save the Arctic - Greenpeace from Immersive on Vimeo.

The mapping and playback was from 2 x T4 Ai media servers a primary playback machine and a hot spare running through a Switcher.

Biofuel power lights and sound equipment by Firefly Solar (http://www.fireflysolar.net/). Sound design by Zen Death Squad (http://zendeathsquad.com/), music by Jazon Mraz (http://jasonmraz.com/) and the project was curated and directed by Immersive Ltd (http://www.immersive.eu/). Immersive donated the project to Greenpeace UK.

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Spyglass for Barfoot and Thompson’s

Got a great tip on a massive 360deg. projection rig for New Zealand’s Barfoot and Thompson’s 90th birthday. Spyglass used 22 Christie 20k projectors and covered about a 290m image of immersive projection. From blowing out 90 candles to a full 90 year history of barefoot and Thompson, this was truly impressive!

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Spaceship Earth Becomes Mike Wazowski

In typical, glorious Disney-fied fashion Spaceship Earth, the giant golfball icon of Epcot, was transformed into Mike Wazowski- the one-eyed character from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. to celebrate the the park’s recent “Monstrous Summer” kickoff. Visual stunts on this scale are nothing new for the Mouse, in fact I’m surprised they haven’t done it on SE before. The projectionmapped “Magic, Memories, and You” show on Cinderella’s castle was their first foray into building-sized mapping and while impressive, was a little slow on the uptake. But like all things Disney, it’s done really well and to an extent that most other entertainment venues can’t come near in terms of quality and execution.

For the Monter Summer kickoff, they used 8 Christie 35k projectors utilizing Twist for the curvature. I won’t make it down there until October so I’ll probably miss it….but maybe they’ll come up with some other theme for the 188-foot perfect projection surface.

Here’s the behind-the-scene:

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Mapping Festival 2013

There’s some great videos coming out of the Mapping Festival 2013 held May 2-12 in Geneva. I’ll post some more this week- We’ve seen the work of Bordos.Artworks in the past, but here’s a reminder- I wish I had a decent pair of 3D goggles…..

BORDOS.ARTWORKS AND INVITED ARTISTS @ MAPPING FESTIVAL 2013 / MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORY / GENEVA from Bordos.ArtWorks / Bordos L Zsolt on Vimeo.

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AntiVJ Paleodictyon

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PaleodictyonheadAntiVJ has once again conquered a major projection mapping on a very unique structure. Paleodictyon is shot onto the curved exterior of architect Shigeru Ban’s the Centre Pompidou Metz, France. “(The piece is) loosely inspired by the work and research of deep-sea expert Peter A. Rona, (and) abolishes notions of scale by contrasting micro-architecture with human construction. Fascinated by the marks left by unknown creatures called Paleodictyon Nodosum, he offers the hypothesis that these hexagonal structures are designed in order to cultivate bacteria. A modern day Captain Nemo, Peter A. Rona wanders relentlessly across the seabed looking to discover (more…)

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John Ensor Parker Talks TEDx and Projection

TED talks are all the rage- and this one made my Monday! John Ensor Parker is a projection artist who recently did CODEX Dynamic at the DUMBO Artsfest. His work is pretty fascinating and this video gives just a little glimpse into the process behind making a large-scale work like CODEX happen. Yeah, yeah…we all know it takes servers and projectors and lots of cable- but John emphasizes the importance of knowing where our medium came from….we owe a lot to the past. Check out the article previously on PF HERE. Many thanks John!

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Scotch and Soda Please!

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And here I thought that was just my favorite bar reply….

Netherlands-based media firm Circus Family combined forces with Jurlights and came up with this huge 360-degree projectionmapping at Gashouder Amsterdam. The gig was for Amsterdam Couture house, Scotch and Soda, for the launch of their 2013 line. Using four Hippo HD’s they were able to pipe content to ten Barco HD20′s mounted in a ring in the center. They used the ScreenWarp feature to cut the roundness and then threw in a couple of Hippo Critters with a 16×16 DVI matrix to finish it off. Technician Menno Broere tells me they didn’t even have to blend the projectors…just masked out some physical attributes. That’s how we like it- simple and clean. So many times this type of technology is ‘over done’ from the production side, so it’s nice to see people keeping to the oldest axiom in show biz- Keep It Simple Stupid.

Scotch&Soda - SS13 - 360° Projection from Circus Family on Vimeo.

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Seeper Arts Gets Festive on BBC

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Celebrate the holidays the Seeper way! The BBC invited the nation to celebrate the start of its 2012 Christmas Lights in a techno-driven finale at the closing of the One Show Live on BBC one. Clips taken from popular BBC programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who were reworked by seeper into a two- minute, three-dimensional BBC Christmas experience to kick- start the festive celebrations in a way not seen before. “Growing up in the UK the BBC has always been central to Christmas for me”, said seeper’s founder, Evan Grant. “It’s a pleasure to use such an iconic building as our canvas. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Christmas the seeper way.

They used five of the Barco HDQ-2K 40, Barco’s giant 3D-capable projector in a specially built FOH rig to blast through the infamous London fog. Units supplied by XL Video, natch. XL recently invested heavily in Barco’s latest super high brightness projectors and these were no doubt part of that batch. The proprietary “SeeperServer” was used for playback of media.

Seeper has done some pretty outstanding gigs in the last year, and you can read more here. By all means, have a look at their website- as well as their Vimeo channel. And for some great info on their process (as well as projectionmapping in general) check out this slide deck.

some great large-scale work!

BBC One Christmas Launch from seeper on Vimeo.

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Urbanscreen Invades America- Rice University Centennial Celebration

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Giant projection specialists Urbanscreen came to Rice University to produce the 100th Anniversary spectacle that would be splashed across 3 buildings on campus. From Mike Williams Media Relations , Rice University:
Thorsten Bauer went straight for the heart, rather than the intellect, of Rice University. So when he saw the Spectacle writ large for the first time, even the German artist shed a tear.

“We wanted to make it an experience for the audience,” he said. “It’s not as much about teaching them as it is about touching them.” Video after the jump….

As creative director and co-founder of URBANSCREEN, Bauer led the artists and technicians from Bremen, Germany, who designed the light and sound show that brought Lovett, Sewall and Herzstein Halls, the cornerstones of the university’s Academic Quadrangle, to stunning life for a series of performances during Rice’s Centennial Celebration.

Thousands experienced the awe-inspiring performance over three perfect autumn evenings inside the quad – and outside. One viewer tweeted about seeing a few seconds of the Spectacle from the air: “Even from 15,000 ft. we can tell we missed something special.”

The URBANSCREEN team flew to Rice, its first American client, charged with creating an event (more…)

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Codex Dynamic at DUMBO Arts 2012

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DUMBO Arts Fest 2012 kicked into high gear with the side and underside of the Manhattan Bridge projectionmapped with “Codex Dynamic”, a work curated by Leo Kuelbs and John Ensor Parker. Two site-specific, large-scale, mapped projections rotated with a selection of single-channel video artworks by internationally renowned video artists. The exhibition seeks to conjure artistic inquiry relating to the subjectivity of space, time and the effect they have on our perceived reality. The DUMBO Arts Festival is a three day celebration of arts, music, and performance that takes place “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpasses” every year with world-renowned artists displaying everything from painting to video to dance and music.
Of course, we’re particular to the video aspect (more…)

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Sagrada Familia- UPDATE

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It looks like Moment Factory’s gig in Spain this weekend was a big hit. Check out the video and some stills they were kind enough to send over.


Sagrada Familia (Ode à la vie) - Démo officiel from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

French Canadian visual studio Moment Factory have been invited to create a multimedia show of architectural video mapping that will illuminate the Sagrada Familia In Barcelona, September 21 to 23 during the Mercè Festival. As with almost all of Moment Factory’s high-profile projects, it’s pretty mum on the details as of yet….but look for more details after the opening. Anybody who reads Projectionfreak with any regularity knows I’m a bit of an architecture freak as well, so I always get excited when someone gets to perform their magic on a great building.

The as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica is considered to be Antoni Gaudi’s greatest work- a building that transcends Gothic architecture. It’s groundbreaking was in 1882 and it’s expected completion date is somewhere around 2026. A spec like that is amazing by itself, but the structure is incredible. The folks at Moment Factory get to do some crazy high-profile gigs- Madonna’s Superbowl Halftime, Celine Dion, Cirque…..but I have to think a project like projectionmapping the Sagrada Familia has to be more exciting than all those combined. Here’s an exclusive interview from our friends over at Philips.

From their press release:
The latest architectural mapping technology will be used to tell a story of rebirth and hope, projected on the basilica’s richly ornamented Nativity façade.
Ode à la vie (Ode to Life) is a poetic vision of the creation of the universe, inspired by original colour sketches by Gaudi as well as the words of the architect, for whom colour was the essence of life. The result is a 15-minute tribute to one of the world’s most venerated churches. Moment Factory’s team has created a living fresco made of colour, light and sound. Among other things, spectators will see trompe-l’oeil effects, statues in metamorphosis, natural-texture effects on the stone, highlights on the stained-glass windows and lighting effects on the four spires of the Basilica. The soundtrack is by Anthony Rozankovic (acts 1 to 5) and Misteur Valaire (acts 6 and 7). Its style: classical, with electronic and modern touches.
A creative and technological challenge
Moment Factory’s previous work includes multimedia projects involving architectural projections on a variety of surfaces: the façade of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, ruins of early Montreal at Pointe-à-Callière and, more recently, the façade of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Of course, the Sagrada Familia’s Nativity façade is much more detailed and thus more complex to map. We had to be extremely precise in the mapping and find the right visual tricks to arrive at an impressive effect. We will use our X-Agora software platform to control the show’s sound, light and video elements.

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Building Projectionmapping Competition by Visualpower

Get on it now and win some fab prizes!

Tech specs look relatively simple:

-The new deadline for entries is 12 o’clock (noon) September 24, 2012.
-Entries must be made to fit the ‘Template’ provided by the organizers, entries using templates other than the one provided will be rejected automatically.
-The ‘Template’ consisting of three parts of the building should be interpreted and treated as ONE PROJECTION SURFACE.
-DO NOT alter the size, place, resolution, etc. of the ‘Template’.
-The contour lines shown on the ‘Template’ are there to show the edges, these CONTOUR LINES DO NOT HAVE TO BE INCLUDED in the work submitted.
-The photo taken in daylight is to help contestants make the video, to show them the design pattern and details of the façade, but when making the video contestants should keep in mind that it will be projected at night! The architectural features of the building are to be incorporated in the design!
-The plants that can be seen in the ‘Supplementary photograph’ taken in daylight, which serves to aid contestants, can be considered when making the creative content, but due to seasonal changes in foliage, we suggest that you do not use them.
-The ‘Template’ and the ‘Supplementary photograph’ can be downloaded from ‘Downloads’ at paintup.visualpower.hu

1920×700 pixel, 25 FPS, Quick Time, codec: Photo JPEG, quality: 95%, The video material must contain the audio.
Entries can be made using 2D and 3D animation, film, video and/or computer or any other techniques.
3 minutes
The music genre of your choice.
The entries will be projected using a Hippotizer HD V3 media server, Vista Spyder video processor, 6 super bright (2×20 000 Ansi Lumens + 2x2x15 000 Ansi Lumens) DLP projectors at the event.

http://paintup.visualpower.hu/competition-call-for-entries

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Limelight Projection Maps for the Skyway International Light Festival 2012 in Torun, Poland

Limelight is a collective that creates monumental projection works. They’ve been fortunate enough to be able to present their work all over the world, and this most recent work is a great example of their inspiration.

I posted about their work at the Sharjah Light festival earlier this year.

"Stars" - 3d projection mapping on Skyway'12 - official video from Limelight projection on Vimeo.

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More Olympic Sized Projectionmapping

This time from the good folks at Klip Collective featuring Dr. Mojo of MojoVideoTech and Ryan Uzilevsky of Light Harvest. They got to hang in Boston and projection map, shoot, and generally wreck havoc on Beantown for the run up to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Looks like they got to use the killer water-jet technique made popular recently in a vid from KC and the Good Doctor for Nike’s Melo M8. Check out the custom projector mounts….especially the tripod-mounted 10k! I love the work these guys do and you can’t help but admire the craftsmanship.

From MVT’s website:
“To celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, Procter & Gamble and Gillette staged a series of projected video displays on buildings throughout Boston. The series concluded with an event at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art which coincided with the Opening Ceremonies in London.


The ambitious video concepts and technical production were spearheaded by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective. The projector package at the museum event included two Christie HD+35Ks, six double stacked converged Barco FLM HD20Ks and featured two massive water vapor screens provided by Mirage Water Works, as well as projections on the museum’s facade. A Christie M-Series HD10K plus an additional Barco HD20K were used for the mobile locations. The challenge of video mapping with poor weather conditions and a tight production schedule was met by the highly skilled projection team which included KLIP’s Ric & Steve Rivera, Ryan Uzilevsky of Light Harvest Studios and MVT’s Doctor Mojo.”

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MotionHouse Voyage

UK dance innovators MotionHouse opened their most ambitious project yet, The Voyage, two weeks ago. In celebration of the London 2012 Festival, Birmingham’s Victoria Square hosted the World Premiere of The Voyage which embarked on its maiden journey in front of a delighted audience. An estimated audience of 4,500 people were treated to the first performances of The Voyage, an epic tale that tells the dramatic story of passengers aboard the HMS Olympia, a 50ft passenger liner.

Crowds were swept away with delight as they watched incredibly physical dance and daring aerial acrobatics performed aboard the ship. This unique storytelling experience kept spectators hooked as they became part of an interactive dance and film spectacle with a talented cast of over 150.

Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall provided the perfect backdrop to the free performance, which was complemented by stunning projections, and brilliant musical performances from the Town Hall Gospel Choir, live music from the Birmingham Conservatoire and amateur performers from Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Stratford Upon Avon College, Playbox Theatre, Solihull, Nova and Coventry Youth Dance Groups and the Motionhouse Adult dance group.

Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, The Voyage is a fantastic cultural collaboration between one of the UK’s leading outdoor dance companies Motionhouse based in Leamington Spa and Australia’s acclaimed physical theatre and aerial company Legs On The Wall, from Sydney. The music was specially written and composed by Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson. The set is a life-size cruise liner designed by Simon Dormon with stunning film projection from Logela Multimedia from the Basque region of Spain.

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AntiVJ Omicron

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Projectionmapping is a fickle thing. One day we see clown noses being painted on buildings, the next day it’s interactive cars and trucks. Six-figure budgets aside, it’s mostly just filler. At some point people are numb to it. But some of the great stuff peeks through on occasion and we’re reminded of how truly amazing this weird branch of projection is.

And then you have this. AntiVJ’s Omicron. These guys put such creative thought into their projects that one really wonders where the limit is. They consistently do it with style and panache in a way that pays homage to whatever it is they project on. In Omicron’s case, it’s Hala Stulecia, the massive concrete dome designed (more…)

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d3 at the Diamond Jubilee

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We see a lot of palaces getting projected onto these days, but when you get to project onto THE palace- Buckingham, that is, it’s a big deal. d3 Technologies was out in full force with Sam Pattinson (yes- of U2 and Elton John fame…) for the Diamond Jubilee last week and did a massive mapping onto the facade of Buckingham Palace as the highlight of the festivities. The event featured such celebrity acts as Kylie, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Madness and Sir Paul McCartney. A full detail of the event and breakdown of the gear is available at their website, but here’s an excerpt: (more…)

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Urbanscreen Projects for Vivid Live! Sydney

If you project onto the facades of buildings for a living, getting to do it on the Sydney Opera House must be the pinnacle of a career. Urbanscreen recently got the chance projecting the outside of the iconic building for Vivid Live!. In the past, the festival has drawn such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and Lou Reed as guest curators and is seen by over 400,000 people.

From the Sunday Morning Herald Sydney:
“Speaking from Urbanscreen’s headquarters in Bremen, west of Hamburg, members Till Botterweck and Daniel Rossa describe their work as akin to architectural ”remixing”, like a DJ with a song, that gets people thinking differently about buildings around them. (more…)

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Behind the Scenes with Senovva at UMF

We got a peek at a great mapping done by Senovva for Red bull at UMC a couple of weeks back, and here’s a look behind-the-scenes. They used 12 Barco FLM 20′s and a d3 rig from d3 Technologies. And you thought shooting the side of a building was easy, although the pros from Senovva and Integrated Visions make it look that way! Check IVP’s input for the RB event HERE.

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Bordos.Artworks Amazing 3D Projectionmapping at Mapping Festival 2012

The moniker “3D” is nothing new to projectionmapping, and in fact, the term has been over applied and misused so much that it’s sometimes hard to find ‘real’ 3D stuff. Not the case with Bordos.Artwork. Their recent display at Mapping Festival Geneva 2012 is jaw-dropping. 3D for real in all it’s 3D-ness. You can hear the crowd reaction at a couple of really killer moments in the video. Granted, it’s hard to tell the depth in the video, but the sheer scale must’ve been awesome! Bordos did a great job with this one, but it wasn’t without it’s challenges. 3D, while stunning, poses a lot of issues with brightness as well as viewing angle even under the best circumstances, let alone on the side of a building with a very short throw! Bordos explains: (more…)

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Barco’s Groundbreaking 4k Laser Projection at CinemaCON

I’m kicking myself for not making out to Vegas this past month for the Holy Grail of Projection- CinemaCON. While it has come and gone, all the big players in the industry flexed their collective projection super-powers and impressed the industry once again. HFR and laser seems to be where we’re headed and it figured big at Cinemacon. So of course- Barco threw their skin in the game:
Barco, the global digital cinema technology leader, impressed hundreds of attendees at this year’s CinemaCon, demonstrating ultra-bright 4K laser projection, a never-before-seen exhibition of High Frame Rate movie footage at 120 fps per eye, its premier 3D multi-channel cinema audio solution, and a stunning 3D projection mapping show on Caesars Palace. (more…)

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The Projection Studio Goes for a World Record

Ross Ashton’s Projection Studio went for yet another record-breaking project on the face of Buckingham Palace last week. Although kind of an obscure record, there’s nothing obscure about Ashton’s work. The ‘Face Britain’ project culminated in a mass projection on the front of the Palace featuring portraits of the Queen submitted by children. Creative Technology supplied 24 Barco and Panasonic 18k/20k projectors and the whole thing was run on a Dataton Watchout. From the Projection Studio’s website: (more…)

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