Robe in harmony at digital arts festival
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Robe Signal Festival Prague 2019 (photo: Dušan Vondra)
Czech Republic - Robe was a sponsor of the 2019 Signal Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic’s best-known multi-platform event celebrating the fusion of digital arts and technology.
A series of provocative lighting and video installations turned a series of hand-picked sites, areas and buildings across the Czech Republic’s vibrant capital into temporary gallery spaces for four days, attracting a diverse and inquisitive audience eager to explore new experiences created with multiple lightsources - video mapping, large format laser projections, moving light performances, etc.
This year the additional resonance of the date made it 30 years since the ‘Velvet Revolution’ which saw the peaceful transfer of power (in then Czechoslovakia) from a one-party communist system to a modern parliamentary democracy.
To mark this, various festival works touched on the themes of freedom of expression, change, transformation and evolution.
For Simple Harmonic Motion for Lights at the Czech Museum of Music, London-based visual artist and creative technologist Memo Akten utilised 32 Robe MegaPointes to create a high impact installation, a fluid and reflective work in the museum’s main hall.
The magnificent building, formerly the Baroque church of St. Mary Magdalene, was built in the 17th century. While the MegaPointes were at the heart of the artwork, the airy interior was low-lit with eight Robe Divine 160 RGBW LED wash lights and 14 RobeStrobes.
Robe also supplied six BMFLs, Divine 160s and haze and fog machines to another Signal 2019 project; an AV performance piece involving organ and synthesised music, Signal Soundscape: Inner Land Study 1 by Czech artists Tereza Bartunkova, Stepan Hejzlar, Oliver Torr and Ondrej Merta, staged at the Kostel U Salvátora in the Old Town.
(Jim Evans)

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