Building dreams - Leeds and Ghent

Tansley, Graham (2016) Building dreams - Leeds and Ghent. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

‘Building Dreams’ proposal was submitted in response to an International callout for proposals for Leeds Light Night 2016. It was selected, commissioned for and shown from 6 - 11pm on the 4th and 5th October 2016. Building Dreams was then seen and recommissioned by Ghent Licht Festival and show from 6 - 11pm on the 31st January - 4th of February 2018. Light Projection artworks, to this point, predominantly used the architecture of the city as enormous screens, filled by a powerful digital projector and utilising techniques such as projection mapping to create a visual spectacle. Building Dreams used 3 synchronised standard projectors inside a building projecting onto screens set in 6 windows across 3 floors with a synchronised sound system playing the soundtrack. Viewed from the outside the building appears to fill up with water and then is ‘toilet’ flushed empty. The intention and importance of Building Dreams was creating a new digital projection technique that opened different opportunities to re-imagining the urban environment. By filling a building with water the intention is to surprise and inspire the imaginations of an audience. Both events generated international media coverage. The audience in Leeds was estimated at 70,000 people over 2 nights whilst in Ghent 835,000 people walked the city centre route to view the 40 installations over 5 nights. This innovative technique was only made possible through the technical experimentation of Lumen, a leading digital projection company who were able to synchronise the 3 digital projectors across 3 floors rooms of the building.

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