iMapp 2016 International Video-Mapping Contest
iMapp Bucharest stands for video projections on the second largest administrative building in the world – the Palace of the Parliament a.k.a Casa Poporului; more than 104 projectors used, 23.000 square meters of projection surface, over 2.000.000 ANSI lumens and one huge stage. Each year in September, the best video artists showcase their work on the facade of Casa Poporului in front of a large audience.
The colossal Parliament building houses the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, three museums and an international conference center.(…) After the Romanian Revolution in 1989, the Palace of Parliament became widely known as the People’s House (Romanian: Casa Poporului). Due to its impressive endowments, conferences & events are organised by state institutions & international bodies, but even so about 70% of the building is empty and it is expensive as hell to keep it warm (the cost of heating & electric lighting alone exceeds $6 million per year?!) Unlike what is happening on the inside, the iMapp event gained a lot of respect. Rumors from Romania say that the People’s House has finally reached its higher purpose within existence: giving something back to the people, it serves as the biggest facade there is around to project on.
This year’s event centered on the theme of “Dialogue”. The six selected finalists for iMapp 2016 were Filip Roca (Montenegro); Romera Diseño e Infografia SL (Spain); VOID – Turkey; Mindscape Studio (Romania); Illuminarium3000 (Russia) and Limelight (Hungary). The event took place on Saturday, 24th of September, in Constituției Square. Before the video mapping shows, we could hear Golan Symphonic, a Romanian band with an innovative project, followed by the headliner of the evening, the famous Irish singer Róisín Murphy. Prior to the main event, the facade of the city’s Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism was also illuminated on two different evenings with video-mapping shows from Motionlab and Les Ateliers Nomad.
Limelight – “Interconnection”
Winner of both awards of the contest: Jury’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.
The piece focuses on the interconnection of all things, the micro and the macro, the outer and the inner universe. Connecting logical and emotional, individuals and society, art and audience, planet and galaxies, architecture and animation etc. Even though we often lose touch with the bigger picture, we are all part of a cosmic network. It is only the human mind’s false perception that inner and outer are separated, causing confusion and misunderstanding in the world sometimes. The piece is aiming to reopen the dialogue between the internal and external through a cinematic journey from the state of separation to the state of eternal openness. We are aiming to draw from contemporary visionary art and architecture, sacred geometry, even physics and chemistry to turn the Palace of Parliament into a vibrant, endlessly beautiful scenery of our symbolic dialogue. Integrating the facade’s architectural characteristics into our artwork is also a key element in the concept adding an extra value to this conversation between artist and audience, the city and its citizens. (limelight3dmapping)
Created by Limelight 3D Projection Mapping feat Global Illumination
Director : Antonin Križanić
Visual Design: Antonin Križanić, David Vígh
Producer: István Dávid
Music: AMB – Set In Stone
Sound fx: Fine Cut Bodies
iMapp Bucharest is an event organized by the Municipality of Bucharest through Creart – the Center for Creation, Art and Tradition; Event Production Company: 360 Revolution; Curator: Maxin10sity
iMapp Bucharest can be found here.