Video and AV News

Avesco Group secures Commonwealth Games contract
Thursday, 25 April 2002

The Avesco Group has secured a major contract to supply AV services to Manchester 2002, for this year’s Commonwealth Games events. Negotiated by Group Business Development Director, Dave Crump, it will become one of the largest single projects ever undertaken by Avesco, and has earned the company the status of ‘Official Provider of Audio Visual Services to the Manchester 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games.’

Few UK companies have the resources to be able to service such a wide range of venues and sporting activities simultaneously, and Dave Crump confirmed that the implementation should require participation from almost every company within the Group - notably Screenco, MCL Manchester and Dimension Audio. Crump himself will be co-ordinating the overall project as well as the Screenco activity, while Jamie McAffer will be project managing for MCL Manchester and Mark Boden for Dimension Audio, for whom designer George Glossop will be specifying the systems for the various events. A crew chief will be appointed for each venue.

Dimension will also have a representative, Steve Turner, based in a site office at Commonwealth House in Manchester City Centre for the duration of the build-up to the Games. At its height, the Group will be supplying services to 17 venues - including pre-Games Test Events - and will have a crew of up to 88 personnel stationed in Manchester for the build-up. They will also feature heavily in the road events, such as the Marathon, Triathlon, Cycling and Walks.

(Lee Baldock)

Lighthouse at Sanremo FestivalLighthouse at Sanremo Festival
Wednesday, 24 April 2002

Italy’s longest-running TV event, the annual five-day Sanremo Festival of Italian Song, now in its 52nd year, featured a stage set with one of the largest video screens ever seen in Europe. Produced by state-owned broadcaster RAI, artists included Michael Bolton, The Cranberries, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue, Alanis Morissette and Britney Spears.

The high-technology show featured an all-digital fibre optic linked audio set-up using a Stagetec Cantus/Nexus control system and a JBL Vertec PA. For the first time, the show’s set was designed around an LED screen, with no less than three Lighthouse LVP1010 screens. Stefano Montesi, RAI’s technical head at Sanremo, says the idea for the LED screens was set designer Gaetano Castelli’s. They were supplied by Eurovideo, a Lighthouse rental partner based in Casarsa Della Delizia, who also handled installation, control and on-site assistance.

Owner Mario Prataviera told us: "For slightly over a year, we’ve been replacing the old rear-projection technology with the latest Lighthouse LED video displays featuring the ground-breaking surface-mounting LEDs. They have excellent vertical and horizontal viewing angles, ideal for TV use and a brightness of over 1000 Nits, sufficient to ‘compete’ with stage lighting. This is the largest number of pixels ever mounted in one display in Europe and the results were there for all to see in terms of image quality."

The main Lighthouse screen was mounted on a custom steel base built by RAI’s set construction team. Bel

CT Shines at OscarsCT Shines at Oscars
Wednesday, 24 April 2002

Creative Technology North America provided display technology, screens and technical expertise for the recent 74th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, better known as the Oscars. ABC aired the live event nationwide to an international audience of approximately one billion viewers.

Creative Technology was responsible for an impressive quantity of display devices including large scale projection equipment, screens, LED panels and plasma displays. Using a total of 14 Digital Projection and 11 Christie Digital projectors, CT displayed the evening’s images onto a variety of screen sizes and shapes. For the extremely bright ‘Best Picture’ screen, CT utilised Digital Projection technology, including two 15 SX and one 25 SX projected onto a 16ft x 29ft Stewart screen. The ‘Cinerama’ screen consisted of a massive 18ft x 72ft Stewart Aeroview 100 screen that was masked down to 18ft x 50ft to better fit the stage.

"One of our biggest challenges was making a 50ft seamless image," said Kerry Perkins, head of projection at CT Los Angeles. "We brought in nine Digital Projection 15 SX projectors for display but had to perform the edge blending mechanically to accommodate television scan rates. While technically challenging, manual edge blending allowed CT to maintain the standard NTSC television scan rate signal throughout the broadcast as the content that was shown on the ‘Cinerama’ screen was simultaneously aired."

The ‘Gallery’ screens utilized 11 Christie Digital S12 projectors, displaying images onto five indi

Lighthouse to Rock the West End
Monday, 22 April 2002

In a spectacular West End ‘first’, Lighthouse LED video technology will take the lead visual effects role in the new Queen-inspired musical We Will Rock You, written by Ben Elton, which opens at London’s Dominion Theatre on 14 May. This is the first time LED video screens have been deployed as the major staging effect in a West End musical, and in We Will Rock You, the screens are being used in ways that go beyond the staging of the most adventurous TV show or live event.

The musical’s story is set 300 years in the future, when the world is a bland place in which music and musical instruments have long been banned, but a bohemian subculture is determined to bring them back to life. The show is designed by rock’n’roll veterans Willie Williams and Mark Fisher and directed by Chris Renshaw. The upper, everyday world is represented by such set elements as classical colonnades and a ‘power boardroom’ while the down-at-heel subterranean world is strewn with rubbish and broken-down artefacts. A band of nine musicians performs from a pair of side-stage platforms.

The screens form an intrinsic and powerful part of the action, showing graphics, moving images, backdrops and live action. Eight separate screens, each configured as 4x5 panels (160 panels in all) of Lighthouse LVP1010C Quarter Bin LED screen are used onstage, with four at floor level on individually powered, steerable trucks and another four flown to allow lateral and vertical movements via an automated motion system devised and built by Brilliant Stages. A

MCL Appointed Official AV Suppliers to Skills Show 2002
Monday, 22 April 2002

MCL Manchester has been officially appointed audio-visual contractor for The Skills Show 2002. The Prince’s Trust event, which will take place between November 13-16 this year, will be held in 55,000sq.m of temporary structure on a disused docklands site in Salford Quays. Designed as a celebration of skills, which will motivate and inspire young people to learn, and encourage them to aspire to excellence, ‘Skillcity’ will house extensive exhibition and demonstration areas, a live performance stage and comprehensive conference facilities.

The show will draw on MCL Manchester’s considerable experience in staging large-scale events, with previous projects including Creamfields, Party in the Park, Manchester Millennium Celebrations and many more. MCL will be providing audio, video, lighting and staging requirements for the organizers and will be preferred suppliers for all exhibitors’ AV requirements.

Neil Harrison, MCL Project Manager, remarked: "The Skills Show 2002 will be a fitting end to what is a very exciting year for us at MCL Manchester. With the Commonwealth Games in July / August and our continually expanding corporate events business, this should put MCL firmly on the map as the premier audio visual staging company in the UK."

(Lee Baldock)

Screenco makes an impact on the Pepsi Chart Show
Friday, 19 April 2002

Screenco’s involvement in the TV sensation Pop Idol has led to them supplying an LED display to the Pepsi Chart Show - and it’s all thanks to Gareth Gates. Management of the Pop Idol runner-up had been so impressed with the screen during the series that they requested that the same display form the backdrop to his appearance in a Gareth Gates TV Special - and Gareth’s record company BMG were happy to oblige.

Several weeks later, Initial TV approached Natasha Blake of Screenco and booked 11sq.m of 15mm LED high brightness display for use on the Pepsi Chart Show. Initial TV production manager, Vivienne Pheysey, explained: "We spoke at length to Gareth’s record company, who thoroughly recommended the screen. Anything less than an LED display would not have been bright enough."

Artists using video reinforcement on the show included Express 2 featuring David Byrne, Electric Soft Parade, Haven, Idlewild and Pay As U Go. Initial TV are now hoping to use the screen again on the new series.

(Lee Baldock)

MCL Manchester make splash in run up to Commonwealth Games
Friday, 19 April 2002

MCL Manchester have supplied a four-camera PPU with Sony DFS-700 video switcher - all running Serial Digital Interface (SDI) - to the British Swimming Championships and Commonwealth for use at the new Manchester Aquatics Centre. The company also fielded the latest Sony MAV-555, instant digital hard disk editor and replay machine, utilising Sony’s latest MPEG IMX technology.

The camera system ran a serial digital feed to the new Barco DLite 7 LED screen, supplied by Screenco, whilst the audio system, in what was potentially an acoustically challenging venue, was installed by Dimension Audio - making this a real Avesco family affair. MCL Manchester supply full digital camera systems, giving greater flexibility over location, cable runs and reliability as well as allowing digital effects to enhance the presentation. MCL took this opportunity to trial the Sony MAV 555 hard disk recording system, which allows instant slow-mo replay and non-linear editing facilities, whilst simultaneously recording the incoming programme.

The brand new Aquatics Centre has been especially constructed for this summer’s Commonwealth Games at a cost of £32 million, and it was in preparation for ‘Manchester 2002’, where MCL Manchester will make extensive use of the MAV system, that this event was held.

Jamie McAffer, MCL Manchester’s project manager commented: "The decision to use Sony’s MPEG IMX technology and industry standard SDI signal routing ensures that the quality of our output remains consistently high throughout these high profile events. It al

Paradigm in News at TenParadigm in News at Ten
Thursday, 18 April 2002

Paradigm has been providing the BBC with two DNP wide angle screens for News at Six and News at Ten. Commissioned by Shooting Partners, a specialist in production management, the screens are positioned within the studio behind the main presenters, and are being used on every show for the weather, interviews with outside sources and for feature item illustrations.

Rob Hopkins at the BBC said: "We carried out a test to compare various screens and projectors on the market and the viewing angle and brightness of these screens came out on top." Mark Holdway of Anna Valley - the new display division of Shooting Partners - commented: "The brief was to be able to view the screen from a variety of angles whilst maintaining image brightness and uniformity. The DNP screens fulfilled this requirement perfectly."

(Lee Baldock)

Storm at Mandalay BayStorm at Mandalay Bay
Wednesday, 17 April 2002

Storm at the Mandalay Bay Resort is one of the latest cutting-edge shows to add to the glitz and glamour of the famous Las Vegas Strip. In Storm, performers dance and sing to live musicians against the backdrop of ‘nature’s powerful forces’. A combination of live concert event, Broadway theater experience, and Las Vegas dance spectacular, Storm is a musical journey of human emotion expressed through the forces of nature.

As part of the show’s huge technical set-up, Electrosonic Systems was commissioned to design a system which would reliably retain 35mm film clips produced for the Storm show, and display them on three screens. Crucial to the system was ease of operation in conjunction with live actors, musicians and dancers. Two of the screens are Saco LED (12ft wide x 9ft high and 8ft wide x 6ft high). The third is a Stewart screen 30ft wide x 38ft high with two Digital Projection 15SX projectors overlapping each other’s images to double the brightness.

Image processing is by an Electrosonic Vector, configured for six standard inputs, two standard outputs and 1 high definition output. Three Doremi JPEG servers store the source material. JPEG was decided upon as the correct solution, because the director of the show wanted to craft the material on the screens by starting or stopping on any frame in a video sequence and determine this in ‘real time’ during rehearsals. Two Cannon XL1 Cameras, using wireless antennae, are also used in the show, so that live images can be intermixed with the filmed images

PLASA Show 2002 is looking PLASA Show 2002 is looking "positively buoyant"
Tuesday, 16 April 2002

That is the upbeat message from PLASA’s new Show Director, Sue Saint. Celebrating its 25th year, the PLASA Show is the world’s pre-eminent light, sound and audio-visual event, attracting major brands every year, and this year is no exception.

Stand bookings are currently at 82%, with top names such as Vari-Lite, Sennheiser, Martin Professional, Denon, BSS Audio and Total Fabrication already booked. The show pulls in over 13,000 visitors from the UK and abroad each year, having become the main marketplace for the £11billion entertainment technology industry.

"The show is evolving continually," commented Saint, "and one of the key trends emerging is the growing number of manufacturers choosing to exhibit in their own right, rather than rely solely on representation through distributors. In addition, many long-standing exhibitors, including Numark, Peavey, Sound Technology, Avolites and SGM, have reaffirmed the importance of PLASA by booking larger stands. Other major industry players are also recognizing the role the show can play in developing their businesses and this year will see Marantz, Tascam and Duran Audio exhibiting for the first time. All this is happening at a time when the economy generally has been talked down, but the increased interest in the show is clear evidence that the market is picking up and that the PLASA Show is an integral part of the exhibitors’ marketing armoury."

Steve Warren, sales director of Avolites, an exhibitor at the show for the past 13 years, added: "The PLASA Show is clearly the most imp

Boat Race is Screenco’s - by a canvas
Tuesday, 16 April 2002

For the crowds who thronged the banks of the River Thames to witness this year’s Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, it was one of the most memorable races in recent history. And as the lead chopped and changed constantly, the only certain way of monitoring progress for the live audience was via the two giant i-mag displays provided by Screenco.

The company supplied a 50sq.m 25mm high brightness display at Putney Bridge and an auxiliary 10sq.m, 15mm LED mini mobile rig, anchored at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith - a popular meeting place for supporters of both crews. Contracted by sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management, Screenco worked through event organizer and production manager, Dominic Reed.

Commented Screenco’s project manager Steve Purkess: "We have been providing a turnkey package for the Boat Race since Aberdeen Asset Management became involved four years ago, and it has become quite an complex project." He explained that Screenco liaised closely with BBC Television, taking the Grandstand feed, as well as running VT for BBC London, and displaying messaging.

The Boat Race remains one of the most popular events on the sporting calendar, watched by over six million people annually on BBC Television and by a huge global audience estimated at 400 million people in 180 countries.

(Ruth Rossington)

Expansion at CrestronExpansion at Crestron
Monday, 15 April 2002

The continuing expansion of automation control specialist Crestron has brought two new recruits to its UK facility in Kingston-upon-Thames. Ken Weller joins as sales & business development manager. His move, after seven years in custom development with hi-fi/home cinema loudspeaker specialists B&W Loudspeakers, reflects Crestron’s own increasing penetration of the high-end home automation market.

Weller is joined by Amy Hutchings as sales and administration co-ordinator, who brings a wealth of experience in similar capacities with internet companies, AltaVista and Razorfish. She will bring her own PR skills to bear as the first point of contact for Crestron’s increasing client base. Announcing the appointments, Robin van Meeuwen, managing director of Crestron UK, said: "These appointments are designed to consolidate our relationships with key customers. As our business matures so our commitment to customer support must grow alongside, which includes recruiting further technical support staff."

(Ruth Rossington)

Dream Theater
Friday, 12 April 2002

Dream Theater is an interesting mixture of ‘prog’ rock, metal and mayhem; they have a cult following and are enjoying great success with their latest album ‘Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence’. We’ve not yet figured out quite why it is six degrees, but there must be a reason.

Led by drummer and impresario Mike Portnoy, DT have just completed the European leg of their current world tour, before heading to Mexico and North America. It’s a high energy show, and this is mirrored by lighting designer Benoit Richard. The lighting for the whole tour is supplied by Bandit Lites, handled for the European section by their UK office.

The front, back and two staggered middle trusses, are scattered with a mix of fixtures - from Martin MACs to High End Cyberlights and ETC Source Fours with scrollers. There’s also a copious contingent of floor-based fixtures. However, it’s the 12 4-lites with scrollers which are the basic building blocks of the rig.

Richard uses these expressively to create big blocks of colour that he overlays with beams, gobo texturing and sharp highlighting pick-ups from other fixtures. A row of upstage deck-based MAC 600s is utilized for rear lighting and to produce dramatic silhouettes for the moments of respite during what is a pretty intense show!

It is Richards’ first tour with Dream Theater, and he is also a huge fan. Portnoy and he had crossed paths a few times over the years, but he was offered the job after Portnoy caught one of his Yes Symphonic shows last Autumn. "I see things very differently,

Blitz debuts HRS system for Queen musicalBlitz debuts HRS system for Queen musical
Friday, 12 April 2002

Specialist AV company, Blitz Communications has secured two theatrical firsts for the new Queen musical We Will Rock You, opening in London's West End on 14 May. The show marks the first time that Blitz's new HRS high-resolution videographics system will be used which will be linked to the biggest video screen ever installed in a theatre.

The HRS system will allow graphics, pre-recorded video sequences, live action shots and scenic backdrops for the show to be displayed on a giant LED screen measuring 10.2m x 4.8m. Blitz brokered the deal for production company Lighthouse to obtain the LED screen, which cost £1million and was shipped over from Hong Kong. It is made of LVP1010C Quarter Bin LED panels and divides into eight separate smaller screens. Four of these operate at floor level on individually powered, steerable trucks. Another four are flown using an automated motionsystem that allows both horizontal and vertical movement.

During the production the screens can operate in various separate formations to allow split image displays to the front or rear of the stage. Alternatively, the four flown screens resting on top of the other four on stage can form one huge seamless image. Blitz are also supplying the live action cameras and video production equipment, creating a TV studio under the stage.

We Will Rock You opens at London's Dominion Theatre. The production has been six years in development and is a collaboration between members of the rock group Queen and Ben Elton. The show is designed by rock n' roll veterans Willie Williams and Mark Fisher,

XL Video supplies Pop IdolXL Video supplies Pop Idol
Thursday, 11 April 2002

XL Video - specialists in touring and live event video production - supplied a full digital touring package to the successful Pop Idol tour - one of the fasting selling tours in the history of UK popular performance!

Video director and XL crew chief was Ruary MacPhie and the medium of video played an important role in the show’s look, a creative collusion between Peter Barnes’ lighting and set design and Kim Gavin’s overall artistic direction. XL supplied four Sony D35 cameras for live camera playback - two in the pit on a track-and-dolly system, one at FOH and the fourth, hand-held onstage. Realtime show action captured by these was primarily beamed onto two soft screens either side of stage. The main onstage screen consisted of 40sq.m of Unitek 25mm pixel pitch LED, located upstage centre, supplied direct to the production by GL UK. It split to form an entrance/exit for the performers, and was rigged upstage of another ovular shaped soft screen, framed by and moulded into the set.

The XL Video team’s main challenge was the hectic first half when they were dealing with a tightly cued sequence featuring multiple play-ins from the hard drives, effects from the Magic DaVE digital video effects generator plus the live camera feeds. MacPhie mixed the visuals using a Grass Valley GVG 1200 mixer/switcher. Blink TV, the large screen entertainment specialists supplied onscreen material for the pre show and interval period.

(Ruth Rossington)

New installation company launched
Wednesday, 10 April 2002

DIVAS is a new company, specializing in the design, project management and installation of visual and audio systems to all areas of the professional entertainment business. The DIVAS team consists of four individuals - Tony Day, Damian Brunetti, Darrin South and Steve Nicholls - who have all worked together on various projects in the past.

The company will design, specify and install lighting sound and AV schemes, either working directly with end users or working under the umbrella of large sound, lighting and AV companies. DIVAS has already been working in a miscellany of environments including clubs, bars, shops, cinemas, ice arenas, leisure centres, stadiums, hotels, churches, museums, ballrooms and live music venues. One recently completed project was the sound and lighting systems spec and installation at Flicks club in Sleaford, Lincs. The club is housed in a former cinema retaining many original features. Working directly for owner Phil Broughton, DIVAS designed and installed a Logic Systems sound system, a Coemar, TAS and MAD moving light system and kitted out the DJ booth with Denon and Technics gear. They also specified the first ever new ShowCAD Artist control system in a club environment.

Full story in April's issue of Lighting&Sound International.

(Ruth Rossington)

David March joins PSL's Concert Touring Division
Wednesday, 10 April 2002

PSL has appointed David March as business development manager of its Concert Touring division. Marking his return to the live entertainment industry after a spell in the architectural lighting sector, March was previously European operations manager at High End Systems, prior to which he was general manager at Vari-Lite Europe.

March will be working closely with the PSL Concert Touring team of Stephanie Jefcoate and Scott Russell, who are currently providing video and projection services for the Supertramp European Tour, the UK tours of Godspell and Sunset Boulevard, Lord of the Dance and the upcoming Gabrielle UK Tour. PSL managing director Gary Davies commented: "PSL Concert Touring has been one of the key players in the industry for many years. With David March joining our team we will now be able to offer our ever increasing range of specialist services to an even wider range of clients."

(Ruth Rossington)

Sarner re-lives history of the TsarsSarner re-lives history of the Tsars
Tuesday, 9 April 2002

Sarner is working on a unique multi-million pound travelling exhibition of Russian Yachts, which is set to open in Hamburg at the end of this year. ‘Treasures from the Tsars Imperial Yachts’, depicts the evolution of the Imperial Navy from 1703, when Peter The Great launched his first ship, through to 1918 and the era of Nicholas II - it includes more than 400 original artefacts, jewellery and ships from the palace of Peterhos and the Central Naval Palace in St Petersburg.

Intellectual property management company, Eagle Crown Productions, who have the rights to this stunning collection, first met with Sarner to discuss the venture almost three years ago. As a result, Sarner have been responsible for every element of the exhibition design and concept; visitors enter by walking onto an imposing aft deck of an imperial yacht; once inside there are displays of panoramic archive film; reconstructions of living quarters, scale models and clothing, with audio, lighting and smells employed to make the exhibition as life-like and interactive as possible.

Sarner directors Mike Bennett and Ross Magri, who bought out the company last year, comment: "We have worked on a concept that uses the best techniques of theatre combined with the disciplines of exhibiting artefacts from this unique collection. The ships were literally floating palaces and the exhibition shows all aspects of what life was like on board these amazing vessels for the sailors, working shipman and the Royal family." Plans are currently in place for ‘Treasures from the Tsars Imperial Yac

Link and Le Mark make new connection
Monday, 8 April 2002

A new distribution agreement between Le Mark Group and Link srl or Rome was finalized during the recent SIB Exhibition in Rimini. As a result of the agreement, Link will distribute Le Mark's Magtape range of gaffer tape, as well as its award-winning Slipway cable cover tape.

Link is internationally recognized for its range of high quality products, which includes its own Eurocable and LK Connector ranges, both extensively used within the audio, video and lighting sectors. "We are all extremely pleased with the new agreement," said Le Mark's Stuart Gibbons. "Both companies have excellent reputations and have shown sustained growth within the industry."

(Ruth Rossington)

Creative Technology Online with GMA
Friday, 5 April 2002

Online Learning 2002 Europe - an event addressing the issues of online learning - was held recently at London’s ExCel. CT London was commissioned by GMA Events, the exhibition and conference organizers for Online Learning, to provide a total of seven bespoke areas split by their respective technology and conference requirements. CT had also been asked to service the needs of those who were to exhibit during the event, which covered visitors and delegates from some 38 different countries.

CT provided audio visual hardware including projection, lighting and audio, with feeds for use with translation booths for international delegates attending the numerous Q & A sessions. The company also covered two separate break-out rooms in the ExCel conference centre and one area in the main exhibition hall, again utilizing vast stocks of projection, audio, VT and data hardware. CT also provided a bespoke hardware solution in the main exhibition hall for two Software Simulation ShootOut sessions: these saw four different software simulation-building tool companies working in real-time creating content authoring tools focused on making the overall task easier for use. CT achieved the end result by providing projection, audio and switching capabilities for the contestants who each provided their own IT hardware.

Given the location of the event and its number of international visitors CT was asked to provide both dedicated and temporary Internet Connections in the main exhibition hall. CT also provided IT hardware for use in a one day Technology workshop. CT took an ethernet conne

Sarner hosts design student visit
Tuesday, 2 April 2002

A group of exhibition design final year students from the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam recently enjoyed an informative visit to the London office of Sarner, audio visual, visitor attraction and design specialists. Frank van Oosterhout, faculty lecturer from the Academie (an institute which specializes in Museum Communication, Management, Registration and Conservation) was so impressed when he visited Sarner’s Lands End tourist centre installation in 1996 that he brought the students to the UK to meet the company behind the project.

Marije Kruize, one of the visiting students, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She commented: "We’ve all been inspired by Sarner’s individual approach to each project and would love to work for a company like that. The visit has helped us all get an insight into a company that delivers innovation and technology with bags full of passion."

(Ruth Rossington)

Borrowed Time at the ICA
Thursday, 28 March 2002

Our pictures shows Borrowed Time - the latest work by David Cotterell, an artist shortlisted for Beck’s Futures 2002, the UK’s largest arts prize. His nominated entry features a film of a train emerging from a tunnel.

As it draws near, the gallery fills with a cloud of smoke onto which an image of the steam train is projected to create a ghostly apparition. Reminiscent of the Lumière brothers, the train rushes towards the viewer before fading to black. The smoke effects are being produced using Cirrus Low-smoke machines supplied by The Effects Company.

The smoke is unusual in that it is a mixture of Liquid CO2 and a standard glycol-based smoke fluid. Synchronizing and controlling all the elements of the installation is a Pulsar Masterpiece 108 control system, specially adapted for the purpose by the company’s Andy Graves, who also built a custom interface to work between the video and control set-up.

Beck’s Futures 2002 will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 29 March to 6 May, before setting out on a tour of the UK and Europe.

Walker Arts Gallery openingWalker Arts Gallery opening
Thursday, 28 March 2002

I-Vision supplied and co-ordinated the equipment for an eye-catching exterior architectural lighting scheme for the re-opening of the Walker Arts Gallery in Liverpool. The show was designed and produced by Liverpool City Council’s Cultural Events Officer and lighting designer Lee Forde.

The Gallery re-opened after a £4.3 million refurbishment, part of National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside’s (NMGM) first major capital project for the 21st century. The Victorian building façade which features central steps and an extruded section, is flanked by Grecian-style columns, and flat sections either side. The columns and two statues either side of the steps, were lit using 300W profile fixtures, and the flat, end sections of the building’s fascia were bathed in blue light from powerful Coemar Panorama 1800W cyc fixtures. Tight 4-way finger-beam fans of ‘Aircraft Landing’ lights (ACLs) were also used on the building fascia to produce a contrasting lighting state on this area.

The blue washed building sides were then overlaid with high powered, large-scale white scenic projections featuring special slides of some of the artwork on show inside. The projections were calculated precisely to fill the available space. Equipment for this aspect of the project - 2 x Hardware for Xenon 7kW units - was supplied by CT, and programmed and operated by Peter Wilms. The projections consisted of a 20-minute scrolling slide show, with two asymmetric images running for the first 10 minutes of the show, which merged to form one central image for the latter half o

Summit Steel’s French connection
Thursday, 28 March 2002

Late February, Summit Steel abandoned the typically dull, British weather and took off for Cannes in the South of France. The company was called in by Adam Proto, producer for Turquoise Blue, to rig a party at the Radisson SAS Montfleury Hotel, for Lucent Technologies’ guests, as part of the 3GSM World Congress. Summit’s principal task was to rig large, white, gauze sails between the palm trees around the pool which were to be used as projection screens.

Since there was no flying equipment from roof trusses on this job, this proved to be open air rigging with a difference. "It made a change from climbing roof beams," explained Summit’s Jon Bray. "We actually used the pool-side Palm trees to rig the sails, fixing guy wires and using diverters in the palms to ensure we did not cause any damage. The end result looked great. The sails created an outside auditorium, the perfect backdrop to the stages."

Designed by Philippe Brandt using ‘art’ as the theme, the party also kept Summit busy within the hotel. This included creating a 12m x 10m music lounge using a ground-supported Superlight truss system. The Star Cloth Walls, along with a variety of truss structures supporting the lights and sound, created a unique performance space. The local production manager was Alex Gorman, video imaging by Atomic Arts and lighting design by Andy Gardner, with lights supplied by Arpege Son et Lumière.

(Ruth Rossington)


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