Digital projection brings to life Japan’s bygone era


Digital projection brings to life Japan’s bygone era

Digital projection brings to life Japan's bygone era

UK – Danny Rose Studio, the collective behind the current Spirit of Japan art exhibition at the Kadokawa Culture Museum, has deployed over 30 Digital Projection E-Vision 10K Laser projectors to illuminate floors, ceilings and walls of this spectacular place.

Untranslated, the title of the exhibition Spirit of Japan reads: Ukiyo-e Theater – “ukiyo-e” are small works of art created in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries and depicting everyday life as it was. These coins gained popularity as they circulated throughout the Western world, forging an Impressionist art movement. Colorful fans, glowing lanterns, cherry blossoms swaying in the wind: nostalgia for the past has taken on new life in the Spirit of Japan exhibit, which will immerse visitors in the colorful history of Japan next spring.

Danny Rose Studio previously produced an exhibition in France, titled Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World, which attracted over two million visitors, and given its popularity, the tour has been redesigned for Spirit of Japan.

Using advanced video projection technologies, Danny Rose Studio creates totally immersive and often surreal environments. Creators from various fields, including digital artists, programmers and musicians, strive to combine historic works of art, in this case from 19th-century Japan, with contemporary technologies and narratives to create a whole. new type of large-scale visual / spatial installation.

To achieve something of this magnitude for Spirit of Japan, the venue was divided into three main areas to accommodate a 360-degree edge blending projection on all surfaces. Ground projection and cylindrical projection mapping also help create a fully immersive experience with 360 degree visuals.

Along with laser digital projection technology, a VNS GeoBox video wall controller was chosen to control the edge blending output of multiple projectors, coupled with a BrightSign media player to stream the video content.

Aaron Hsu of Digital Projection Japan explains that having so many projectors in a room creates a unique set of challenges: “Due to the limitation of the ceiling height of the showroom, the floor projection required more projectors to achieve. successfully display the entire image; we needed a creative solution to make it happen. While traditionally you would point the spotlights down toward the ground, we actually pointed them upward but used the UST periscope lens, giving us the extra height and coverage. Using too many spotlights on the floor would have caused light scattering and had a negative effect on the image quality on the walls. This solution consisting of using UST lenses therefore made it possible to obtain optimum performance for all the fabrics.

The compact E-Vision laser was an obvious choice, as it is able to compete with high levels of ambient light, delivering 10,500 lumens from a solid-state laser light source.

For an exhibition of this magnitude, it was important to choose flexible and reliable technology. Digital Projection’s E-Vision Laser 10K projectors provide a stable and predictable light source for up to 20,000 hours and feature built-in edge blending capabilities, ensuring a consistent image is created from multiple projectors.

Mark Wadsworth of Digital Projection is delighted that the company’s products were chosen from a project of this importance: “For an exhibition of this scale and complexity, it is imperative that the technology matches the end goal,” he said. “This art exhibit requires 360-degree visuals, which involves a tremendous amount of edge blending without compromising image quality. The exhibit looks amazing, we are really proud to be part of such a visually impressive project, it just shows what E-Vision lasers are capable of.

Digital projection brings to life Japan's bygone eraDigital projection brings to life Japan's bygone era

December 7, 2021


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