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XL Video Supplies Creative Video Projection At Glastonbury

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XL Video supplied creative video projection and control to the Shangri La area at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

XL's Nick Diacre project managed two specialist video installations working for technical producers PF Events and their Technical Production Manager Seain Loughlin, who received their brief from Shangri La's Creative Director Debs Armstrong.
The main projection feature in Shangri La was in the Heaven area, involving eight Barco R22 projectors, run as four doubled up pairs for optimised brightness and mapped to cover a 44 metre long wooden art-wall structure composed from a myriad of hand-cut tessellated triangles.
The work was created by Andy Cross from AN-Architecture.
This impressive sculpture represented the cloud of Heaven and was brought alive by the projections which added movement and texturing. It featured several entrances allowing people to pass through to explore other areas of Shangri La.
Diacre and the XL team took around 200 photos and from these made a detailed composite of the structure which allowed them to map it using one of XL's new Mac Pro servers – which was also used to facilitate all the video playback.
The custom map was then applied to the structure during one of the overnight programming sessions during the set up.
The projectors were installed on four towers lined up with each corner of the wall and cross-projected onto the surface.
In addition to this, VJs collaborated with the XL team by supplying audio generative content that was played out through the system, and other artists created a raft of bespoke video material for the project.
Diacre was joined on site by XL technicians Richie Jewell, Erica Frost and Media Server & Control Systems Manager Christian Dickens.


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