Voyagers at the National Maritime Museum

I posted a while back on Electrosonic’s involvement with the installation of the AV system at the National Maritime Museum, but I dug a little deeper and found the artists responsible. The Light Surgeons, a multimedia collective based in East London and founded by Christopher Thomas Allen, collaborated with media artist James George to create a one-of-a-kind immersive work called Voyager. The Voyagers Gallery acts as an introduction to the extraordinary depth and range of the Museum’s collections and is dominated by a 20 metre wave-like structure that stretches the full length of the room. Designed by exhibition designers Real Studio, this 3D wave is made up of 26 triangular facets and features a Puffersphere spherical projector at one end.

Using the triangular shape as a design template The Light Surgeons researched and meta tagged over 300 images and films from the Museum’s vast archives and translated them into a series of thematic visual journeys that unfold down the wave. As these designs cascade down the room, the globe projection displays thematic key words relating to each asset in the journey onto a digital navigational device inspired by the museums collection of armillary spheres. James, from Flightphase in New York, translated their concepts into code-based design, built on openFrameworks. (Side note- Flightphase was involved heavily in the creation of the giant, interactive video wall at the University of Dayton that we featured a week or so ago…)

Be sure to check out this outstanding case study on James’ website, it really goes in-depth about the technical bits and pieces.

‘Voyagers’ Commissioned by National Maritime Museum
Direction & Production: The Light Surgeons
Bespoke Software Design & Generative Animation: Flightphase
The Light Surgeons
Creative Direction: Christopher Thomas Allen
Producer: Alice Ceresole
Design & Animation: Tim Cowie & Dave Baum
Sound design: Jude Greenaway
Technical Direction & Lead Software Development: James George
Software Development: Timothy Gfrerer
Audio track in video: “Dianne” by Tim Cowie

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