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White Light Joins Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras at V&A Museum

January 18th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The three Monteverdi ensembles – The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique – are a leading force on the international music scene. World-class musicians from across the globe come together to share the distinct vision of Founder and Artistic Director Sir John Eliot Gardiner in ground-breaking projects. Last year, the Choir and Orchestras embarked on an international tour across Europe and the US. This culminated in a final concert at the V & A Museum’s Raphael Gallery and White Light provided the technical support.

The final concert was overseen by Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras production personnel, a member of that team commented: “This concluding concert was the only London date for the Monteverdi 450 Tour so we wanted to make it an unforgettable occasion. It was also a celebration of 50 years since Sir John Eliot Gardiner first conducted at the V&A with his newly formed Monteverdi Choir to mark the Venetian master’s 400th anniversary in 1967”.

As an approved supplier to the V&A Museum, WL was approved to provide the production support. WL’s Project Manager Phil Gladman comments: “Our role on the evening was to provide the lighting, PA system, rigging and staging for the concert. We also worked closely with the lighting designer Rick Fisher to ensure we brought his creative vision to life”.

The evening offered a fully immersive event in which guests entered the Museum and walked around the various spaces enjoying seemingly impromptu performances from Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra performers. WL was responsible for lighting each one. Phil explains: “These promenade performances around the museum were almost like pop-up shows. Along with uplighters, we also drew on guerrilla lighting to ensure each performer had complete coverage in their various positions”.

The promenade ‘pop-up’ performances were part of the build up to the final performance of the evening within the Raphael Gallery, which was a complete sell out. WL had to provide the complete staging for the Choir and Orchestras. Phil states: “In the Raphael, we supplied a 9 x 8m deep stage on which the performances could take place. The stage needed to be vast in order to fit all of the musicians on and literally took up half of the room. We had to arrive at 8am the previous morning simply to store it all. On the show day itself, we arrived at 6am and it took us three hours to construct”.

Across the evening, WL drew on CORE Lighting ColourPoints for uplighting along with Chroma-Q Color Force 72 Battens. The company also supplied ETC Source 4 Profiles and Elation SixPARS; all of which were controlled via an ETC Ion 1K Console. WL also supplied the audio reinforcement, which included EMS121 Loudspeakers and an A&H QU-24 sound-desk.

The sell-out event was a huge success and had more than 400 people in attendance in the Raphael Gallery with even more following the pop-up events around the museum.

Phil adds: “It was fantastic to work in a venue such as the V&A and turn it into an immersive environment. From the bespoke lighting to the custom-made staging, this project showcased the wide range of production support we’re able to offer our clients”.

The team at Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras said: “We were delighted with the service we received from WL and for all their help in making the final Monteverdi concert an unforgettable evening”.

Photos courtesy of Grace Ko and T Max Productions.

Call for Papers for PLDC 2018 closes tonight

January 17th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Last chance to submit a paper for one of the four tracks:
– Hospitality Lighting
– IoDT − Internet of Design Things
– Professional Practice Issues
– Experiential Environments

Submissions will be accepted up to and including 17th January 2018 until 23.00 GMT.

The Call for Papers addresses both experienced practising professional lighting designers as well as the new generation of lighting professionals, plus dedicated researchers and educators, and professionals from related disciplines whose work affects and involves professional lighting designers.

Click here to submit your paper now!

PLDC 2018

25th – 27th October 2018

Singapore

For more information visit: https://pld-c.com/

White Light Joins Ben Sherman On the Catwalk

January 16th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Last week saw the start of London Fashion Week Men’s Autumn/Winter 2018 Show. This year marks the 11th season of the biannual celebration of British menswear and this year had more shows than ever before. One of these included the fashion label Ben Sherman who showcased their new Fall collection which was a collaboration with fashion designer Henry Holland. White Light provided the complete technical solutions for the showcase.

The Ben Sherman showcase took place at Somerset House on 5th January. WL was approached by JN Productions and the event was led by WL’s Creative Producer Richard Stirzaker. Richard comments: “We have worked at the London Fashion Week for over a decade now and know what is required for international launches such as this. The theme of the new collection was Northern Soul culture and a large part of our brief was providing technical support that reflected this”.

WL had to transform the Somerset House Embankment Galleries into a space suitable for a catwalk. Not only that but the company had to accommodate the immersive elements of the evening. Richard comments: “Rather than just launch the new collection with a catwalk display, the client wanted to create an immersive experience; perpetuating the Northern Soul theme. This included dancers who opened the show along with a Northern Soul soundtrack that relayed throughout the space”.

WL drew on its state-of-the-art audio inventory to provide sound reinforcement throughout. This was also used for the soundscape in the main space along with the Gallery downstairs. Richard explains: “When guests first arrived, they walked through the downstairs gallery where there were large image prints which reflected the brand identity and reinforced the theme of the collection. We also source the scenic elements and the staging for the models as they entered the Raphael Gallery”.

As with any fashion show, lighting played an extremely important role. Richard explains: “The lighting played several important roles for this showcase. Firstly, it had to serve a primary purpose of illuminating the space and ensuring that it would be suitable for a fashion launch. Secondly, we wanted to use the lighting to differentiate the various points of the evening; from the audience entrance to the dancers to the actual models themselves”.

Alongside this WL also projected a video of the launch onto the interior of the Embankment Gallery.

Richard adds: “What was great about the Ben Sherman showcase was that it was able to draw on everything we can offer as a company: lighting, audio, video and staging. We were able to work closely with a very high-profile client and deliver the exact technical solutions they required”.

The Ben Sherman launch marks one of several shows that WL is working on at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Human Centric Lighting to overtake energy saving as key differentiator in lighting design for buildings, predicts amBX

January 16th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Human Centric Lighting will be the next major area of opportunity for the global lighting and building design industries now that energy saving is regarded as ubiquitous, according to lighting technology specialist amBX.

Citing feedback received from visitors to the recent LUX Live show in London, the company says that while there remains considerable opportunities to sell energy saving products, energy efficiency in itself is no longer a strong enough differentiator. Interest in Human Centric Lighting, however, is growing, though more still needs to be done to make the link intrinsic between HCL and smart lighting systems.

Supporting improved employee wellbeing has the potential to improve the bottom line for companies to an extent far in excess of that which can now be achieved by incremental energy savings. But it is less tangible, with opinion divided on the true impact that better lighting makes to this. There is little doubt however that there is room for considerable improvement.

“We had a number of lively discussions during the course of LUX Live on how and when to manage lighting to support or manipulate personal wellbeing factors,” explains David Eves, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of amBX.

“Within the lighting community there is a strong feeling that this is desirable, but some worry that the concept is not yet well enough understood and particularly that the industry needs to find a way of presenting information about the link between lighting and wellbeing in a more easily understandable way.”

Lorraine Calcott, Principal at lighting consultancy it does Lighting Ltd, believes that the amBX system will allow the lighting industry to finally get the control it needs to bring about salutogenic design that truly promotes health and wellbeing.

“This technology will allow us to create physical environments that support health promotion and not just maintain the status quo.  By providing active lighting rather than passive systems we can assist the user by meeting their own personal needs, as preference has a huge role to play too.  After all, in daylight we may favour sun or shade, so the same flexibility should be given, where possible, within internal spaces.  We are conducting research to explore these effects on employee engagement.  The results should further solidify the best approach to applying Human Centric Lighting.”

Eves too believes it will become desirable for Human Centric Lighting to be under individual or person-centric control to provide for the optimum needs of each person in a given space. This, he says, requires a radical change in thinking and practice, as lighting is currently provided most often as a blanket solution, not matched or zoned to requirements within open plan working areas.

“There are differences in natural lighting and our behaviour towards it based on our personal background that may well also mean that social, cultural and mobility factors can significantly effect a person’s natural cycles and preferences. Age, possibly gender and individual variance can also be significant factors in how a person responds both emotionally and physiologically to light,” he explains.

“We believe that the industry will need to provide more approachable interfaces to give the individual user a greater degree of control.  While more sophisticated automation may allow us to provide Human Centric Lighting that has been optimized to benefit people, the challenge will be to reconcile the technical possibilities with a need for a wider understanding and acceptance of this new kind of lighting.”

With this in mind, Eves adds, sensors that are specifically about monitoring well-being factors will be important, as current approaches to making devices that provide Human Centric Lighting solutions are a little crude and possibly ineffective being focused more towards system monitoring than the effect it has on the individual.

“Many current sensors are there to carry out energy and performance management tasks so are not calibrated or positioned for the requirements of Human Centric Lighting, to achieve this cultural and deployment changes may be needed as well as technical ones.”

It is this likely change that is in part behind amBX’s development of a Wellbeing Dashboard alongside lighting consultancy ‘it does Lighting Ltd’.  The Dashboard, a prototype of which was shown at Lux Live, analyses various aspects of how a lit space is performing including, for example, how well lighting follows the natural circadian cycles of occupants; how the intensity of lighting supports the tasks being carried out in a given space, and how natural and effective the lighting is in creating an optimum working environment. The Wellbeing Dashboard enables building managers and employers to monitor lighting performance in a similar way they do now for energy efficiency and space utilisation, through a building management system.

Video artists participate in the World Masters of Projection Mapping

January 15th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

A perfect union of creativity and technology illuminates Amsterdam

Beginning on the 14th January, five international video artists started a three-week display of 3D projections in the centre of Amsterdam onto the EYE Filmmuseum façade and, in the last week, onto an adjacent water screen. The video artists are taking part in The World Masters of Projection Mapping, a joint venture initiative from Amsterdam Light Festival, Integrated Systems Events and RAI Amsterdam.

The shape of the multi-faceted museum, with no straight surfaces and the close proximity of water from the IJ, created a unique set of technical and production challenges for the artists. To make projection possible 12 Panasonic projectors have been positioned all around the building and pontoons moored in the river for the water screen.

World Masters of Projection Mapping culminates on 8th February with the presence of an International Jury followed by an Awards Showcase that will take place at the RAI Amsterdam on 9th February, the last day of ISE 2018. On each consecutive day leading up to the final the work of one of the artists will be showcased from 07.00-09.00 and 17.00-23.00 onto the EYE Filmmuseum.

The World Masters of Projection Mapping finalists are:

Geert Mul – For over 25 years Mul has been exploring the possibilities of poetry in the language of new (data-based) media. Mul’s practice engages the broader public through audio visual performances and commissioned artworks in public spaces. His installations have been showcased in numerous museums for modern art including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Alida Dors and Manuel Rodrigues – Alida Dors is the artistic director of dance company BackBone. BackBone uses dance to address societal issues and bring different groups together. Rodrigues is a graphic designer and film artist. He treats and manipulates elements from the visual world as dances, in which image and sound become inextricably linked.

Telcosystems – (Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden). In their work the trio research the relationship between the behaviour of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behaviour. This leads to the creation of immersive audio visual installations which are shown through various media and live performances. Their work has been featured in museums and festivals such as Ars Electronica, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Holland Festival.

Florian and Michael Quistrebert – The duo create ‘optical canvasses’ and video showing angular patterns in which symmetry and reflections are recurring themes. Using a variety of material and techniques they seek to reinvent modernism, futurism and optical art.

Eder Santos – Santos, a pioneer of multimedia art in Brazil, is recognised worldwide for developing hybrid projects that mix visual arts, cinema, theatre, video, and new media. His works belong to the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, two of the largest contemporary art museums in the world.

The selection of the finalists was carried out through close collaboration between the EYE Filmmuseum and Amsterdam Light Festival. The International Jury who will judge the finalists on the 8th February comprise:
• Lennart Booij, Artistic Director of Amsterdam Light Festival (Jury Chair)
• Jaap Guldemond, Director of Exhibitions EYE Filmmuseum
• Marente Bloemheuvel, Associate Curator of EYE Filmmuseum
• Jozef Hey, Founder and Owner of BeamSystems
• Giny Vos, artist
• Paul James, Editor in Chief of Mondo*arc
Central to the criteria for the jury will be how the finalists combine their creativity and storytelling with the utilisation of technology to deliver their vision.

Lennart Booij commented: “The quality of the entries is high and the jury is enthusiastic about the final selection of national and international artists. These conceptual and cinematographic works enable us to deepen the scope and the artistic quality of projection mapping.”

Technical Project Manager Rembrandt Boswijk from Indyvideo has coordinated the services of a range of manufacturers and suppliers to produce the early morning and evening display. Technical partners are Panasonic (projectors); Disguise (media servers); Alcons Audio (audio) and Lightware (transmission). Creative partners are BeamSystems, (installation and integration) and EYE Filmmuseum.

Mike Blackman, ISE’s Managing Director, commented: “This project has now come to life in spectacular fashion. The results can be seen each day in Amsterdam. The competition showcases the perfect marriage of technology and creativity. It involves leading artists, manufacturers and solution providers – everything that Integrated Systems Europe represents.”

Paul Riemens, CEO RAI Amsterdam, commented: “Connecting people, ideas and visions at RAI Amsterdam creates quality and added value for ISE, its exhibitors and visitors. By supporting communities and our partners around events we generate a platform, also into the City. We look forward to bring this competition to the people of Amsterdam.”

The video displays will be accompanied by audio through radio frequency FM 88.4 on the 8th and 9th February via audio sets available on the quaysides adjacent to the EYE Fimmuseum and near Central Station. Canal boat cruises are also available, leaving from the RAI Harbour during ISE 2018. For more information click here.

For more information on the World Masters of Projection Mapping Finalists please visit:

Geert Mul: www.geertmul.nl
Telcosystems: www.telcosystems.net
Alida Dors and Manuel Rodrigues: www.backboneconnects.nl and www.deepred.tv
Florian and Michael Quistrebert: www.quistrebert.com
Eder Santos: www.edersantos.com.br

World Masters of Projection Mapping Schedule and Timings

Art Displays: 14th January – 9th February: 07.00-09.00 and 17.00-23.00 each day
Competition Judging: 8th Feb – Start 19:45 – EYE Filmmuseum
Awards Showcase: 9th Feb – Start 12:30 – RAI Amsterdam, ISE 2018, Forum
Replay: 9th Feb – Start 19:45 – EYE Filmmuseum

John Farr Lighting Design Colorizes Pac-Man Themed Event With CHAUVET Professional

January 15th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

When the young man who celebrated his bar mitzvah at Georgetown’s upscale Park Hyatt was born in 2004, Pac-Man was about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Such is the staying power of the iconic video game invented by Toru Iwatani, that the youngster opted to build his reception around a Pac-Man theme. Digital wall images of the yellow circular figure with the gaping mouth adorned the reception area, as did representations of the game’s famous labyrinth.

To create a classic video arcade atmosphere in the reception area and accentuate the digital Pac-Man images that decorated it, the event organizers draped the walls in black. This created a stunning effect, but it also made it challenging to colorize the room’s dining tables. Eric Hertsch of John Farr Lighting Design successfully met this challenge with the help of CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal fixtures.

Hertsch positioned eight of the RGBA-Lime color-mixing fixtures on 12’ truss towers located throughout the room and used them to wash its long rectangular tables in warm appealing colors. In addition to engendering an inviting atmosphere, the saturated light from the Ovation fixtures created a balanced look against the room’s dark walls.

“The colors made the tables stand out aesthetically as part of the décor,” said Hertsch. “We selected the Ovations specifically for the color-changing capability of their RGBA-Lime color-mixing engine. We also like their tight zoom, since it allowed us to frame the tables in colorful light without spilling over. We were able to preserve the dark video atmosphere while still lending a festive touch to the tables. Another thing we liked about these fixtures was their low power requirements.”

Having the walls draped in black also created a challenge when it came to lighting the room’s architectural features. Hertsch solved this issue by positioning CHAUVET DJ Freedom Par Hex-4 fixtures on the underside of arches and overhanging borders. “Traditional uplighting was out of the question because of the black draped walls,” he said. “So I came up with the idea of placing the Freedom Pars in the soffits to get some vibrant color in the room.”

Hertsch used 48 Freedom Par Hex-4 fixtures in the reception area to colorize the soffits. An additional 36 units were arranged through the foyer for more traditional uplighting. In both cases, the Freedom Par units were used to create rich vibrant colors evocative of Pac-Man.

“We wanted really bold colors to go with a 1980s-style look,” said Hertsch. “A very strong and very original theme ran throughout this event. We did our best to support it with some original lighting solutions.”

Green light for Göppingen

January 12th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

 LED luminaires from Thorn benefit both the people and the planet. 

London, January 2018 – The local authorities in the German town of Göppingen have already used several road-lighting projects to make the switch to LED – with more set to follow. The R2L2 range, designed by Thorn for exactly this kind of urban function, is making a real impression in Göppingen with its economic benefits and attractive look. At the same time, Thorn has called on products from the Urba portfolio to provide the perfect lighting solution for the varied requirements of the “Ort der Vielfalt”, a multifunctional leisure complex in the town.

Efficient and effective LED fittings from Thorn have put Göppingen in a new environmentally-friendly light. The local authorities made the call to start gradually converting urban street lighting to LED technology a few years ago. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Natural Protection and Reactor Safety (BNUB) in Germany is now supporting this shift with a grant to cover 20 per cent of the investment costs. A combination of the powerful R2L2 family and CiviTEQ street luminaires from Thorn has proven to be an appropriate and cost-effective solution. Along with optimum lighting performance and low maintenance costs, energy efficiency is one of the key advantages of LED street lighting. In addition, the integration of a lighting management system into the Göppingen installation has also enabled conventional half-night switching that cuts energy consumption even further.

Helmut Renftle, Senior Planning Officer in Göppingen, is delighted with the results: “Thorn LED lighting has provided the best solution for our particular needs. Even with just 700 replacement LED luminaires in the Ministry for the Environment’s LED grant programme, we have already achieved an annual energy saving of 450,000 kWh and lowered CO2 emissions by 266 tons. The lighting system will pay for itself in about three and a half years.” Helmut Renftle is also impressed by the aesthetics of the new solution: “The new LED luminaires bathe our town in environmentally-friendly light and fit in perfectly with the urban landscape here.”

Design was also an important consideration when it came to defining the lighting concept for the multifunctional “Ort der Vielfalt” leisure complex (a name literally meaning ‘place of diversity’) in the heart of

Göppingen. The lighting is particularly important in this place of meeting and movement, so LED luminaires from Thorn were carefully chosen to meet all the different urban lighting requirements. Various sizes of post-mounted and surface-mounted fittings from the Urba lighting range use glare-free technology to provide impressive lighting quality. As a versatile lighting system for decorative area and path lighting, the extensive Urba Deco portfolio includes post, catenary wire, pendant lighting and bollard luminaires. In addition, the Urba S was selected to illuminate the half-pipe and the adjacent lanes. The unique architectural form and defined lit effect enable the Urba fittings to nicely blend in with the stylish concept of the sports complex, while the specific light distributions and flexible mounting options help highlight points of interest.

“The lighting is extremely important for visitor safety,” explained Mr Schuller, a street lighting specialist involved with the “Ort der Vielfalt” project. “The lighting conditions are now ideal for a wide range of users – from BMX riders and skateboarders through to joggers and runners. All the tracks, steps and edges can easily be seen, without people having to cope with visual discomfort caused by factors such as glare.”

Photo Credits Thorn

The Spirit of How To Be Brilliant Encapsulated in the ILP’s 2018 Programme

January 12th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The ILP launch another exciting series of How To Be Brilliant (HTBB) talks, beginning on the 14th March in London and in collaboration with acdc Lighting. These events have proved immensely popular, and demand from membership and the lighting community have influenced the launch of this 2018 programme.

HTBB is the ILP’s free, fun and inclusive series of evenings. Designed for students, interns and junior members of staff, it is open to all from lighting or other allied disciplines. The events offer a warm welcome to anyone looking for some inspiration and expertise from more experienced lighting design professionals. In 2017, the ILP had people attending from all parts of the world and from a wide range of backgrounds in different areas of lighting, as well as artists, architects, electricians, theatre staff, photographers and all sorts of other specialities. As the ILP is a charity it is important their activities provide a public benefit. For HTBB, that is by inspiring and guiding people to provide better, more interesting or dramatic/exciting lighting for places citizens use: from educational and medical facilities, to social and community places, working environments, and the outdoor public realm too.

The 2018 speakers will talk about lighting in a way formal education doesn’t always cover, so alongside art and science do open your mind to delve into other worlds and subjects potentially including geography, religion, music, architecture, film, history, sociology, TV, fashion, festivals, astronomy, environmentalism, politics, psychology, theatre, well-being and who knows what else…

HTBB is brought to you by the Institution of Lighting Professionals in collaboration with acdc. Their generous support means ILP don’t charge to attend. 2018’s How To Be Brilliant evenings will begin on 14th March in London, at the Body and Soul Building on Rosebery Avenue just ten minutes’ walk from Farringdon station.

The first three speakers for 2018 will be –

14th March: Christopher Knowlton from 18 Degrees Below

25th April: Sally Storey from Lighting Design International

23 May: Lisa Hammond from Gravity Design Associates

Visit www.theilp.org.uk/brilliant for more information and details on how to book your free place.

ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Used in London NEW YEAR FIREWORK DISPLAY

January 12th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

London saw in the New Year with a world-class spectacular firework display. Jack Morton Worldwide, the global brand experience agency, created the experience – an event which it has conceived and produced for fourteen consecutive years. Contributing to this year’s event was a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console, which was used by lighting programmer Paul Cook to control the 18-universe lightshow that supported the firework display.

The display, which took place over the River Thames and the Coca-Cola London Eye, is a unique global showcase for the iconic city, reflecting its dynamism, creativity and openness.  The show was seen by millions of people on BBC One and live by over 100,000 people in viewing areas on the banks of the River Thames.

Synchronised and triggered by GPS to Big Ben’s chimes, the 12-minute show lit up the River Thames with 2,000 lighting cues and 12,000 fireworks producing 50,000 projectiles. The FOH station, with its MagicQ MQ500 Stadium desk and MagicQ MQ80 backup, was situated on the river bank directly opposite the Coca-Cola London Eye. From this position, the console controlled the 640 RGB panel lights permanently installed on the Coca-Cola London Eye, as well as 32 profile fixtures, 32 blinders, 30 LED hybrid units and 16 batten washes that were brought in for the spectacular New Year’s Eve event.

“We were extremely happy with the MQ500 console,” said Cook, who worked the console with Durham Marenghi. “It operated superbly controlling lights in sync with the music to support the fireworks. The advanced power of the onboard processing was quite impressive, allowing us to output a large number of universes directly from the console without external processing nodes.

“The built-in visualiser system was also used to great effect to demo the show to the creative team from Jack Morton and their end client from the Greater London Authority,” continued Cook. “We found that during the build-up to the show the response speed of the visualiser was about five times faster than those of competing systems. We used it as a real-world reference to double check the pre-programming. This was critical, since we only had about one hour of real-time testing with the actual rig in advance of the show.”

Once again, this year London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks earned universal praise. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The spectacular London New Year’s Eve fireworks would not be possible without the incredible hard work of Jack Morton Worldwide. This year’s display was the best and most exciting yet – kick-starting 2018 in style. Thank you to all of those working tirelessly behind the scenes – showing, yet again, that London leads the world in major events.”

Jim Donald, Director of Production, Jack Morton Worldwide said: “The New Year’s Eve firework display has become synonymous with London and its people.  We’re incredibly proud to be part of creating such an iconic and globally recognised event.”

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