CPL for ARC Festival in Bristol

CPL’s client was festival organisers ARC AP. The Festival’s directors are Ben Thompson from the ARC Festival and Will Young from interactive company Luma, who asked CPL’s Nick Diacre to specify and supply a video system for the main stage and co-ordinate the supply of AV and lighting equipment to various VJs and visual collectives working in other areas of the site.

The idea for the Main Stage tent was to make the projections as immersive as possible given the staging set up. Each artist performing onstage was accompanied by a VJ and / or active visuals.

Will Young designed a 20 x 3 metre curved screen (custom made for the event) and Diacre spec’d a video system that would work in the space and environment and could be used by all the various artists.

Diacre used a Coolux Pandora’s Box media server as the hub of the operation into which all the VJs playing live and any playback content were fed. From here it was mapped to the screen and the multiple live feeds were processed using a combination of a PLS200 and a Barco DVI matrix as well as EDID management hardware.

The screen was fed by four Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20K HD projectors, fitted with the shortest throw lenses and rigged on the front truss at extreme angles. They were keystone corrected using the Pandora’s Box warping engine.

Lighting in the main tent used a combination of CPL’s Martin MAC Aura LED washes, MAC 700 Spots, Atomic strobes and Molefeys, controlled via an Avolites Pearl desk.  The lighting was operated on-the-fly to complement and contrast with the assorted visuals appearing onscreen and the general vibe of the live sets as they developed.

The L’Acoustics Kara sound system was supplied by Bristol based AF Live  Audio Funktion and the stage was built by Flat Earth.

CPL also supplied assorted AV and lighting kit to various other areas including the Polygon Stage, which was designed and curated by Skulpt. This included Panasonic 10K projectors, PixelLine LED battens and a Slick trussing ground support system.

A Barco FLM HD 20K projector was utilised for exterior projections on to the Tangent Dome, which took on a new life after dark, complete with live content generated by visual artists Lumen.

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