Loving Vincent and Nexo in Paris exhibition
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
nexoThe exhibition offers an immersive experience
France - Nexo’s ID Series loudspeakers are playing a key role in a new digital exhibition in Paris, which offers an immersive AV experience with the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.
One of the most innovative artistic experiences in the city is currently hidden behind the unremarkable façade of a former ironworks foundry in the 11th arrondissement. Inside this 19th century space, one of France’s leading cultural producers Culturespaces has opened a new exhibition dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh.
Van Gogh - the Starry Night is a visual and musical creation realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi. In the same presentation is a short programme by Danny Rose dedicated to the imagery of Japan. Both use the AMIEX technology (Art and Music Immersive Experience) developed by Culturespaces in 2012. The AMIEX Concept is based on the virtualisation and high-resolution projection of works of art on immense surfaces, and delivers projection-mapping at its artistic best.
French AV specialist Cadmos was chosen as the integrator for the project, designing and installing high-performance AV technology to show the portraits and landscapes of Van Gogh on 35,000sq.ft of projection surface, over walls that can reach up to 12 metres high. The Halle de l’Atelier is an already complex space of angles and divisions: the designers have expanded it to 360 degrees across all four walls, the floor, and extra surfaces like a floor-to-ceiling cylinder (the foundry’s former chimney) which houses a circular display area.
Nexo engineers worked with Cadmos to perfect the immersive audio design delivered by Nexo ID Series loudspeakers hidden in the metal truss work overhead. These compact cabinets, just 300mm wide, offer 120°x60° HF coverage, and are mounted both horizontally and vertically. Twenty-nine ID24s are used in the main room, supplemented by 11x ID S110 10” subwoofer units (another four ID24s and a S110 are used in a smaller salon, with a wrap-around screen.) In total, 11 Nexo NXAMP4x1 amps are used to power the systems.
Speaker locations are evenly spaced throughout the warehouse venue in order to get homogenous and consistent SPL coverage, without having to play each cabinet loud. Cabinets in the central row are delayed to those on the walls: stereo is crossed.
Thirty-five units of Modulo Kinetic, a powerful media server solution by Modulo Pi, were used for show-encoding, mapping and show control; 140 Barco 6,500-lumen high definition laser projectors in the 40’ high ceiling deliver the visuals.
(Jim Evans)

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