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Friday Afternoon Awesome – Pink Floyd Doing “Great Gig in the Sky” at Earl’s Court

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Sometimes all you need is some Pink Floyd to get by.  Here’s The Great Gig in the Sky from Earl’s Court in London – from the Pulse tour!  LOOK at all of those VL2s!!!  NICE!

Now go pick your face up and go back to finishing up your Friday.  If you’re really bored, go check out Earl’s Court as it stood during PLASA 2012…  it’s going to be torn down soon.

Porter at Vive Latino 2013 by Tupac Martir and Satore Studio

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I’m sitting on the couch having a chat with my buddy Tupac Martir the other day on Facebook (Tupac is the guy behind Satore Studio in London) about making video content on the iPad , and he sends me a little sketch video he made in a program called Brushes on his iPad.  It was what looked like a ghost having a conniption fit all around the room, I certainly thought it was pretty interesting.  No big deal or grand monumental earth-shattering brain convulsion took place or anything over this video – until I saw this video:

It all comes together as far as art goes — the images I saw from Tupac’s iPad weeks before turned into the background for Porter’s Host of A Ghost, live at Vive Latino 2013!  This is the band Porter at this year’s Vive Latino 2013 show.  Tupac and his team at Satore Studio created the content and the lighting for Porter’s set, and it was awesome!  Here’s Cuervos/No Te Encuentro by Porter at Vive Latino 2013, visuals and lighting by Tupac and Satore Studio:

You have to give it up to Tupac and his crew for the intermingling of color temperatures on this set — the cold, sterile whites from the arcs and the video mixed in with the warm incandescent PAR tones creates an underlying tone of depth that really comes through during the solid color frames from the screen images.  I love this!

I found out a bit more about the rig that Tupac was using for the show and about his illustrious team of magic makers…

THE RIG:
16 Mac 2000 Profile
16 Mac 2000 Wash
14 Martin Atomic Strobes
14 Molefay

FLOOR PACKAGE:
6 trusses, each with 6 PAR 64, 1 Mac Aura, 1 Atomic 3000, and 6 Mac 2000 Profiles on the floor

VIDEO:
1 Catalyst running 6 layers

CONTROL:
1 GrandMA 1 Full size
Show pre-viz in WYSIWYG
Pre-viz using MA on PC

Satore Studio Team:

Creative Director:
Tupac Martir

Lighting Associate:
Muly Yechezkel

Content Creator:
Kenji Ikenaga

Content Assistant:
Fabiola Ruiz-Ortega

Assistant Model Maker:
Patricia Arellano

Production Manager: 
Juan Pablo de la Torre
from Showbox Inc

Tupac also mentioned that Kenji Ikenaga, the Content Creator for the gig, will be making a video breakdown of each visual and how it was made technically and conceptually!  Here’s a teaser…

teaser del making of de Daphne from Kenji Ikenaga on Vimeo.

Awesome work, Satore Studio!  Be sure to follow Tupac on Facebook and Tupac on Twitter!

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Late Night Excellent: Rain Room at The Barbican, 2012

This is absolutely great.  Before I say sh*t, watch this:

Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012 from rAndom International on Vimeo.

OK, no, wait, watch another video, it’s late anyway:

GAH!  This is too awesome!

First and foremost, THIS IS STILL GOING ON at the Barbican Gallery, and WILL BE until MARCH 3, 2013.  SO, this means you need to get out there and see it!  If you live in the London metro or are going to be there between now and March 3, 2013, you need to check this out.  Go to the Barbican Gallery visitor’s page and get some info on the what, when, where, how, by clicking here!

Rain Room was created by rAndom International –

From the Barbican Gallery’s page on rAndom International‘s Rain Room exhibit:

Random International invites you to experience what it’s like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test.

More than the technical virtuosity necessary for its success, the piece relies on a sculptural rigour, with the entire Curve transformed by the monumental proportions of this carefully choreographed downpour and the sound of water.

Random International are known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art. Their experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction and staged performance.

Random International are represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London and Paris.

In order for visitors to enjoy the sensory experience of Rain Room, there is a limited capacity of 5 people at a time in the rain.

Please be aware that due to the popularity of Rain Room, the queue time currently stands at around two hours, at peak times including evenings and weekends up to three hours.

We advise visitors to arrive as early in the day as possible, a minimum of two hours before closing time. Entry to the queue is subject to the number of visitors already waiting. Anyone arriving later may not be allowed to join the queue as we are unable to admit visitors after the gallery closes. Thank you for your patience.

Sun 18 Nov, 2 Dec, 20 Jan, 24 Feb
12-5pm, The Curve
Wayne McGregor Random Dance, with a score by Max Richter

Experience a unique fusion of art and movement on four Sundays during the exhibition as dancers respond to Rain Room.

Admission is free and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis from the queue. Please arrive early to allow for long queues due to a very limited capacity inside the Curve.

I also think this text from rAndom International’s website on Rain Room is pretty awesome too — but please check out the rAndom International website, it is absolutely a eye-stroking experience!

Water, injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras, wooden frames, steel beams, hydraulic management system, grated floor 

Rain Room has been made possible through the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.

Video by Gramafilm, music by Max Richter

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process.

As you progress through The Curve, the sound of water and a suggestion of moisture fill the air, before you are confronted by this carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.

* PS I LOVE THIS! 

All of these images are directly from the rAndom International website, and I thank them for it!

PLASA 2012: Pick Up Your Face, It’s Over

Now that I’m back in North America AND I am all but caught up with sleep, I want to share some of my photos from the fun that was PLASA 2012 at Earl’s Court, right off the Earl’s Court tube stop and only a moment’s tube ride from a great Indian restaurant that really ended up hating about ten of us after a wild night of eating some delicious tandoori.  WHEW — that was a huge sentence!

It was a pretty busy show for me and for the CAST Group booth (Hall 1, E-27), but the load-in went smoothly, Steve and his guys from Intexco took really good care of us, and a big thanks to Mickey, Shane, and Paul for making our booth look outstanding!  I even got some carpenters to run cable and hang lighting fixtures!  Brilliant work, boys, and thanks again!

Let’s check out some of these photos — I tried to snap shots everywhere I went, so I have a bit of everything here and there!

from the plane, on the way to London

more hotels

hotels along the street

Earl's Court Road

beautiful windows

build up at PLASA 2012

build-up at PLASA 2012

Earl's Court

the view of Earl's Court from the Earl's Court Station

exhausted Igor

windows.

thumbs up!

Jim talking at PLASA 2012

END of the Clay Paky demo, PLASA 2012

DTS's booth at PLASA 2012

Robe Explosion

PIXLED

drape and video

trade show porn

Rob, Jim, Justin

Walter from Swisson!

multi-surface video

more sexy ROBE booth

looking at the PIXLED booth at PLASA 2012 from Hall 1

Don't Rig Shit.

Pulsar's awesome booth at PLASA 2012

cool five-sided moving head, like Medusa

White Light Zone

This is SOME of my photos — I have a heck of a lot more over at my Flickr page — JimOnLight on Flickr.  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more very soon!

Dianne Harris at the Kinetica Art Fair 2011 in London

I ran across this very cool art installation while looking up info about the Kinetica Artfair in London – an artist named Dianne Harris had some pretty incredible fluorescent sculpture to see and appreciate.

Listen, you have to check out Dianne’s website – I kinda want to buy this woman a drink!

Check out some images from her work at this year’s Kinetica Artfair:

All pictures from Alex Robinson, c/o Kinetica Art Fair.

Thanks, NotCot!

Did You See The Giant Projected Dr. Manhattan?

On March 4 for the opening of the movie Watchmen a large water screen and projector were used to project a 100 foot Dr. Manhattan in the middle of the Thames in London.  Did you see this?  Did they at least blur out the big blue penis?

A press release governing the event and movie release gave some info, but not enough.  Hell, I don’t even know what projector was used!  What is THAT about?!

From the press release:

London, 4 March 2009 – To celebrate the Paramount Pictures UK release of the hugely anticipated and revered Watchmen (in cinemas 06.03.09), at exactly 8pm GMT, London’s River Thames gave birth to a Watchmen spectacle that was beyond the thinkable. Dr Manhattan, the blue skinned, super-powered being beloved of all Watchmen fans, appeared above the murky depths of the Thames to a height of over 70 feet and towered over all those who dared to attend.

This dramatic, one-off spectacle was created using the world’s biggest water screen projector. The water screen, moored especially for this occasion in the middle of the Thames between the London Eye and The Shell Building, created an enormous vertical screen of water that extended to 72 feet in height and 100 feet across. Specially created, never to be seen again Watchmen footage, was projected onto the screen to showcase Dr Manhattan’s translucent and shimmering form in dramatic and gigantic effect -an excellent and exciting medium to see Dr Manhattan in all his super human glory as he hovered over the city in true Watchmen style!

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock–which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union–moves closer to midnight.

When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion–a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers–Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.

Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?

My wife didn’t seem too pleased with the movie, but make your own opinion.  All I have is one question – why couldn’t he wear some kind of pants?

Thanks, DVICE!

London’s National Theatre Goes EOS

Lighting resources manager for the National – Michael Atkinson – is getting hooked on the ETC Eos desk.  The National Theatre is switching over to run a bunch of Eos and Ion desks from their previous console choices after testing a series of consoles to determine the best fit.  TPI ran a story about the topic a few days ago, and Michael Atkinson talked about the Eos as a choice:

Eventually, Michael settled on ETC’s Eos product family: initially five Eos desks, three of its smaller sibling, Ion, and four remote processor units for backup – plus another Ion for off site shows such as Warhorse, which has just moved to the West End. In time, the National also intends to purchase a further two Eos systems for use by the video department and another for touring.

“We really liked the fact that we are using a desk at the beginning of its product life cycle, and are able to influence its development,” he adds. “By sending feedback to the product team, we’ve been able to tell those working on the software how we think it should work – and some of those ideas have been included in software updates.”

I don’t know what the previous console was inside the largest of the National’s theatres, the Oliver, but with their 100+ moving lights in the main theatre, I can only imagine how many conversations ended in some sort of swearing when running a few productions in rep and updating focus positions and cue stacks.  From the article:

“It’s been a relatively easy transition from our previous desk, because the programming styles have some similarities. There are many things we can do on the Eos which we couldn’t do on the previous desk; and a few things we can’t do now that we used to be able to. But we were even given our own section on the ETC community forums so that we could note our concerns. That way our technicians, who all work different times, could share information with each other and with ETC’s support people.”

Also, The National Theatre is looking for a lighting technician! If you’re going to be living near London and feel like sending in your application, hurry up – the search ends March 12.  The information on this gig is here.

Tom Raffield’s English Ash Pendant Lamp

Tom Raffield, UK designer and co-founder of the award winning company, Sixixis, has created these Ash Pendants for the Re-Design Design Festival in London.  Each of these lamps is steam-bent into shape and all by Mr. Raffield himself.  From the site:

This beautifully sculptural form is created with 80 metres of steam bent strips of English Ash, woven, coiled and twisted around one another. Whether the light is on or off, this is a unique and stunning lampshade.

Each one is handmade, signed and dated
by myself.

Supplied with a Energy Saving Soft Glow Giant Light Bulb 15 watt (equivalent to 75 watt with a life expectancy of 10 years)

Materials
English Ash

Dimensions
One featured is 60cm Diameter but can be made in various different sizes

Paying for this kind of design and craftsmanship isn’t cheap, at 250 GBP, but it is beautiful.