For projecting the visuals, we were asked to provide a rear wall on the stage. However, using a flat surface just didn't seem right for this kind of performance. We talked about doing projection mapping but didn't want to be stuck with geometrical shapes since our visuals were more focused on taking the audience on a journey through space and time, from smallest molecule to galaxies in outer space and such. Based on these ideas we came up with a projection mapping surface representing landscape topography, a physical manifestation of the animated worlds. The topography also serves as a wormhole to different dimensions.
Is there anything like this that has been done before? What are some of the 1sts for both VVOX and the live production/performance industry?
VVOX: It’s hard to answer whether anything like this has been done before since I can’t speak to all the amazing artists out there. Of course, there are shows and performances using some of the elements of the Electronic Opus show. As far as projection mapping, we’ve seen mapping on buildings, mapping on actual organic elements like trees and forest, mapping geometrical shapes, but I haven’t seen mapping onto CNC-milled topography element to this size. Perhaps it’s been done, but what we’re bringing is all of it in a massive scale which will be travelling around the world. We learned a quite a bit in developing the system and stress testing, as well as figuring out the best ways to fabricate on our CNC machine at VVOX Form
a lightweight, albeit huge 50′ wall that can be mapped quickly and fold into one crate. The Kinect functionality is pretty interesting as we’re enabling the conductor to ‘paint’ her movements onto the topography walls. The effect is also amplified by the transparent projection film behind her where viewers can see more real-time animations and conductor herself.
What are the technical specifications of the project?
VVOX: For the show we’ve been lucky enough to have BARCO provide us a 3-projector system for the mapping of the walls and one more projector for the transparent, acrylic setup in front of the orchestra.
The dynamic symphonic/electronic concert performance is integrated effortlessly to create this massive immersive spectacle of sound, light and form.