Dance Lighting

theWALL at ROOF

Justin Thompson co-created, concepted, designed and integrated a first-of-its-kind in hospitality permanent 3D projection mapping installation with San Jose’s Dan Block, known simply as “theWall” at ROOF on theWit ranked Chicago’s #1 nightclub and one of the top 3 rooftop nightclubs in the world. The ROOF installation features an Arkaos media server with DMX controls of theWall and 48 ColorKinetics LED panels were installed and customized with a library of custom content created by Justin and co-creator Dan Block. The installation includes a giant drop-down flat projection screen for presentations and HD sports games with input and output ranging from blu-ray to DirecTV to a client-ready DVI plug-in jack. The project was overseen by owner of theWit Scott Greenberg. Justin Thompson served as in-house content creator and resident VJ- live mixing visuals during live DJ performances. Dan Block remained consultant on the project. You can see the full press release (with a whole bunch of tech details) HERE.

This video was shot by Matt Kowynia and Justin Thompson, edited by Justin Thompson.

Content mixed and projected onto theWall in this video created by Justin Thompson… and yes- he’s the tattooed guy setting up and running the system in this video. Justin is now looking to expand his installation base, seeking his next big project- permanent or temporary travelling 3D projection mapping installations and custom created content for clubs, hotels, touring acts, DJ’s, and events, so if you are looking for an upgrade in the visuals department, email him at justin-at-subversivevids-dot-com.

And BONUS!- some content from the WALL:

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GraphicsEmotion

This business is full of deadlines and we all hate them. For some of us it’s more Love/Hate (I personally love tight deadlines…makes you feel alive). The following video shows a rather hectic deadline that Montreal-based GraphicsEmotion dealt with around Coachella time. Next time you have a deadline, remember what it must be like for a bunch of people to have that same deadline, and what it took to get to the end! We’ll look at some more great stuff from Julien Abril and the team at GEM in the very near future……

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UMF Carl Cox Mega Structure

I know I know….Coachella’s in full swing and UMF is so- well, done. But UMF was a huge hit this year (surprise) and along with being a huge hit, you have to have huge structures- like this one:

AG Lights & Sound - Mega Structure - Ultra Music Festival 2013 - Video from ASK Media Productions on Vimeo.


Credit:
Design by Stephen Lieberman – SJ Lighting -sjlighting.net Production by AG Lights & Sound – ag.tc Video by ASK Media Productions – Adam Kaplan – askmediaproductions.com

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Lightbox from NYX Visual

NYX Visual Label has done some pretty impressive work in the last year, and they’ve expanded their studio offerings with NYX Atelier, focusing on the design and production of permanent digital art installs and light devices for private and public clients in Europe. Louis de Castro tells me “LIGHTBOX is a semi-modular, custom build LED ceiling that was designed by NYX Atelier for the reopening of Paris underground music venue “Panic Room” in January 2013. LIGHTBOX was developed by NYX Atelier nyx-atelieralong with Vincent Coutelin, our technical director, and Romain Belloche, our light designer, both overseeing the fabrication and visual programming aspects of the installation.


Thanks to Vincent we had the chance to travel to Shenzhen, China to purchase all the parts and electronics required but also to visit the fantastic factories and suppliers that now allow us to be more flexible than ever on the products and technologies we decide to use on each project.

LIGHTBOX from NYX Visual Label on Vimeo.


The development of the installation also featured a fullfiling partnership with young French company, Chromateq, that supplied us with the DMX controllers and LED Player Software offering great control and customization on a simple package.
Not having the possibility budget wise to create a completely new designed software and controller we turned to them for providing a complete solution that would allow us to concentrate on the design, technical sourcing and fabrication but also provide great tools for developing rich content following the artistic vision for the piece.”

Make sure to check out NYX on their site as well as other projects that have been featured here on Projectionfreak.

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Tigrelab Vertical Dance and Videomapping for TV3

Tigrelab just did this great videomapping for TV3 featuring Sacude. Projecionmapping and dance already go together well, even more so when you do it sideways 30 ft. up a wall! In addition to some fantastic camera work, a Dataton Watchout was used along with a single Barco 20k.


Tigrelab - Video Mapping and Vertical Dance for TV3 from Tigrelab on Vimeo.

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Castle Nightclub Gets a Rig from DCBolt Productions

Devin Wambolt over at DCBolt Productions gave me the heads-up on this crazy nightclub install they just completed. The club is Castle Nightclub in Chicago and they premiered the system for a huge NYE bash this year. Devin reports: “We are using three different types of LED’s in this system, (aside from the house lights) LED panels, LED strips, and LED modules. Our LED strips are (32x) SMD5050 LED pixels per meter, our Modules are (5x) SMD5050 LEDs per pixel, the LED panels are 6 millimeter pitch SMD2835 LED pixels. The led strips and modules are run by MADRIX Ultimate for real-time dynamic playback. The LED panel screens are being driven by a custom configured Resolume Arena setup.

The projectionmapping is set to run on a separate machine and is driven by Resolume Arena. The custom graphics for the set were generated using a variety of programs such as maya, softimage, houdini, cinema 4d, and after effects. The house lighting is also new and is a combination of elation and chauvet moving fixtures, and some motion graphic lasers. These elements can function alone, but are also integrated into the system. (They’re) using a Barco HDX W-18 for the main projection. The Projector’s being fed standard 1920×1200 digital HD video signal with the LED Strips & Modules being controlled over a vast DMX POE Artnet network.The LED Panels are communicating via their own proprietary language via POE network. The concept & design for the project was a collective effort amongst a small team of people. All of the technical aspects of installation and making it all come to fruition and work as a system however, was left entirely up to me.”

Some pretty impressive work, and I’ll be sure to check it out next time I’m in Chicago!

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Wilderbe- Projectionmapped Dance Troupe IndieGoGo Campaign

wilderbe

Just got a note from Wilderbe, a dance troupe that uses projectionmapping techniques to enhance their performance. Looks like they are running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a projector purchase. Let’s see….projection, dance, performing arts+technology….how could we resist? Have a look at their showreel and campaign vid below and, if you’re so inclined, head over to there IndieGoGo page to throw’em a buck or two. As we all know, this business isn’t necessarily the cheapest and creation takes effort- financially and emotionally. Director Nova Han would be most appreciative.

“Wilderbe has already performed at 2 world class festivals as main stage acts, performed at a private event for Bob Pitman CEO of Clear Channel, as well as shared the stage with Alicia Keys and Katy Perry. Crowds and reviewers have expressed how immersed they became while watching Wilderbe’s theatrical performance synergize with technology. I am beyond impressed by their performances and completely agree that the show “changes people’s perceptions of reality”, “is surreal”, “avant-garde”, and “the future of entertainment.” Its the perfect media convergence that evokes a one of a kind visual-sensory experience. We are trying to fundraise to get two projectors and a screen so that our team can master this fusion between different mediums of art.”

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NYX Visuals Tofidi #1

Madmapper, Modul8, Ableton Live, and a weird snakey-looking sculpture make for a fascinating mapping from French artists NYX Visual Label. I love that most of their projects include some kind of really interesting sculpture….especially this one carved out of what appears to be some kind of foam. Check out another post on NYX HERE.

TOFIDI #1 from NYX Visual Label on Vimeo.


Visuals and Production by :
NYX VISUAL
Artistic Direction by :
MASOMENOS
Video by :
Manon GICQUEL

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Konstruktiv at Houza Palooza

Any time you can combine camping, champagne, killer video projection, and EDM- life is good. As was the case at Houza Palooza, recently held in Belgium Aug. 24-25. VJ Konstruktiv (Jean-Michel Verbeeck) was kind enough to answer a few questions concerning the rig for this two-day EDM/videofest:


imagery courtesy FramedMedia.de

1) What exactly is Houza Palooza?
Houza Palooza is an upcoming Dance Music festival with different kinds of music genres located in Bree, Belgium. The past 3 years they managed to create something unique to the world of festivals. With their creative, inspiring & innovative (more…)

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MIDASpaces presents CODES

From our colleagues at MIDASpaces comes a call for support. They are hoping to put together a new piece entitled CODES for the Absolut Fringe 2012. You’ll recall MIDASpaces from a previous post- the Dublin based collective now needs our help to fund their latest endeavor, CODES. Gifts for funding can be made at :fund:it.ie and there are a number of levels with corresponding gifts. Knowing the expense of our little corner of the arts world, I can appreciate their need for some decent funding. Let’s help them get off to a good start and see what comes out of it!

From their Fund It page:
“We are now looking to go beyond our initial prototype for a new unique, experimental and visceral visual performance piece entitled CODES as part of the ABSOLUT Fringe 2012. Working with the MIDASpaces team are choreographers Tom O’Donnell (as seen in the FUNDIT promo) and Emma O’Kane as well as dancers Roisin A. Laffan and Alina Ortenburger. Working collaboratively, CODES will challenge how far we can take digital augmentation within a dance and live music performance.

Combining light projection, interactive audio and visual design CODES is a groundbreaking performance to be presented this coming autumn but we need your support! Aside from the typical costs of creating a show, we require high powered projectors. various other pieces of technology (some bought, some made, some hacked together by our team), for rehearsals, to feed our wonderful dancers and to make the show happen! ”

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Coachella 2012!

Jack Johnson Cherry Picker

Coachella’s about to kick into full bore this weekend and I wish I were going to be there. I, unfortunately, will be in a dark theatre with a musical (at least I’m getting paid for it…) but anybody who’s anybody will be performing onstage and off, with the likes of Amon Tobin, Mazzy Star, Radiohead, and the Black Keys. You can bet the visual experience will be just as good as the musical one. If you were lucky enough to score a ticket before it sold out, here’s a couple of links to help you drool as much as me:
Here’s the set times for Coachella
For Travel/Lodging
Festival FAQ’s
Multimedia
and of course, a WEBCAST
You can bet there will be some video and a couple of features that come after so stay tuned to Projectionfreak!

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3D in the Darkroom

Motion graphics house The Darkroom (PF article on Glastonbury) were commissioned for the Sunburn festival in Goa by Percept D’mark to come up with a stage design and and perform live video mapping on it over 3 nights. The result was aptly named the “Cubezoid Stage” and by the end of the festival was voted by the public as the best stage at the festival. On the final night 20,000 pairs of 3D glasses were distributed to the punters and the the first 20 minutes of Axwell’s set was projected in 3D.

3 HD projectors, 3 Arena Media servers, a whole bunch of 3d! (Speaking of Arena, here’s a review I did for PLSN….) and make sure to check out their website for some pretty good examples of their work…

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Roca Video Rocks PLN

Ian Henderson hipped me to the recent broadcast of Premio Lo Nuestro on Univision this past Thursday. Ian was the Lead Engineer for Roca Video on the gig and it’s pretty insane…This video is the opening act, Daddy Yankee, and it features 6 Coolux Pandora’s Box servers- but it doesn’t end there…
They were T/C’d to the 9 Catalyst servers running the rest of the show! The screens were fed by 12x 20k Christies (front), 7 Barco R22 (rear, with R12 backups), scenic projection was done by the 20k’s, Ian tells me the load-in was 5 days with 3 days for rehearsals, tweaking, alignment, etc. He was also kind enough to send a few snaps of the actual rigging for a couple of the PJ’s (don’t try this at home!). As far as the LED suit goes…I love that it’s actually mapped with the rest of the video and I’d love to see the connections for it!

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Butler Ballet stages Duato

Butler JCFA dance department's promo pix for the Midwinter Ballet December 2, 2011.

Not a lot of projection…in fact- none…but this is my gig for the week and it looks pretty great. I know I know…I actually like doing lights once in a while, it’s where my roots are and I’m a sucker for good dance lighting anyway. Expertly crafted by Laura Glover, it’s always a pleasure to get to focus her work. The Dance program here at Butler is outstanding and any time they get to do a piece like this, it’s a happening. Por Vos Muero, a dance by contemporary Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, will be the centerpiece of Butler Ballet’s Midwinter Dance Festival, which will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at Clowes Memorial Hall. This is the first time a college program has been given permission to perform a Duato piece.

Ticket prices are $21.50-$28.50 for adults, $14-$20 for groups of 15 or more, $17-$23 for seniors and children ages 12 and under, and $10-$15 for students. They’re on sale at the Clowes Hall box office, (317) 940-6444.

Nacho Duato is the new artistic director of Russia’s Mikailovsky Ballet – a rare appointment of a foreigner in Russia. Kevin Irving, former artistic director of The Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden and longtime associate of Duato’s, will be at Butler in January and February to set Duato’s Por Vos Muero.

Larry Attaway, chair of Butler’s Dance Department, describes Por Vos Muero as a brilliant, seamless work that reflects upon the timelessness of human relationships. The title, which translates as “For thee I Die,” comes from a poem by Garcilaso de la Vega; the words of the poem are spoken as part of the 15th and 16th century Spanish music that comprise the score.

“This juxtaposition of text and sound is a beautiful complement to the choreography, which moves between traditional Spanish social dance and classical and contemporary ballet,” Attaway said. “At its heart, this is a dance about love, desire, sadness, joy. It’s filled with humor and mystery, as all relationships should be. The Butler Ballet is excited and humbled to have been selected as the only American College Dance program to perform a Nacho Duato work. We hope that everyone in the dance community comes out for this rare glimpse into the genius of one of our contemporary ballet masters.”

Midwinter also will feature Bourneville’s “Flower Festival” set by Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent’s “Enigma Variations,” a work by visiting artist Michael Johnson and a brand new, large-scale piece by Cynthia Pratt. This remarkable evening of dance will present audiences with the chance to see the ballet stars of tomorrow in a diverse evening of visual splendor.

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