We recently worked with the Whitworth, Manchester to install Steve McQueen’s ‘Ashes’ in one of the Whitworth’s newly built gallery spaces.
The work is a 2-channel video installation presented in 4K resolution via Blackmagic Hyperdeck and Sony 4K projectors. The audio is 8-channel ‘immersive surround’ via Fohhn Audio DSP system controller.
James Islip and Mark Rhodes were A/V technicians for the project, supporting Steve McQueen’s A/V designer Sue Macdiarmid.
The installation is open until March 2018. Please see The Whitworth for details.
Image: Steve McQueen, Ashes, 2002-2015. Video still.
Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris and London.
Many thanks to the Whitworth, Sue Macdiarmid, Samantha Lackey, Leanne Green and the Whitworth build technicians Ben Gwilliam, Gareth Hustwaite & Richard Shields.
Twilight Language is a new exhibition at The Whitworth Manchester by Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi, India. A multi-faceted show across multiple gallery spaces, including 17 video installations.
We spent most of September 2017 working at The Whitworth, with the artists, curatorial team and the gallery technicians. It’s been a fantastic project to work, and we are proud to have provided the A/V, both equipment and expertise, for what is a world class exhibition.
“We and Raqs think that the AV work has come out exceptionally well and that, very importantly, it was a pleasure having you around. You work with knowledge and experience and also with the ability to listen to the artist and get it right for them.”
Curator Mary Griffiths from The Whitworth.
Audio-visual installation by: Kathryn Gray, James Islip, Joe Osborne, Ben Gwilliam, Chris Woodward & Mark Rhodes. In terms of the gear, we mainly used WUXGA RZ range laser Panasonic projectors, with additional projectors from the DZ range. The playback is powered by Brightsign. In addition there are two audio installations, one a sound shower, plus several screen-based works.
Sincere thanks to Mary Griffiths, Leanne Green, Raqs and all of the staff at The Whitworth. ‘Twilight Language’ is open until March 2018, see The Whitworth website
Lumen have over 10 years experience of setting up film screenings in non-cinema venues and ‘pop-up’ spaces. We have worked with Leeds International Film Festival, Flatpack Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, Holmfirth Film Festival, as well as many other organisations and events that have film content, such as Lawrence Batley Theatre, Hull2017, Recon, Bradford Literature Festival, Vespertine, Bradford Threadfest, Art Sheffield, Other Rooms Film Festival, Opera North, Henry Moore Institute.
We offer a wide range of services from full production for film events & festivals to hire of small film screening equipment and packages. We specialise in experimental film, audio/visual collaborations and unusual events in non-conventional venues.
Matthew Bourne live Moog performance with interactive visuals at Belgrave Music Hall.
2016 saw the 30th edition of Leeds International Film Festival. Lumen provided 25 film screenings over 15 different venues and spaces, including short film programmes, immersive surround sound experiences, live music and live visual collaborations, Q&A discussions, documentaries and features.
Lumen were commissioned by Leeds BID to create forward thinking, innovative Christmas lights using projection. We have come up with two projection installations running at different sites in Leeds City Centre.
RADIAL at O2 Academy. James Islip at Lumen, alongside Dave Lynch and Antony Kitson, are combining their talents to beam an eye-catching projection of winter themes and tones onto the O2’s window façade, one of the most impressive features of the amazing Grade II-listed Gothic exterior of the O2 Academy. The projection is live daily from 4pm until 8pm until Dec 31st 2016. Find out more here.
Waggon Lifting Hoist projections at Wellington Place. James Islip, working with 25 Leeds College of Art students have created festive light projections, has animated the historic lifting tower in Wellington Place. Many of these students had not worked with projection before. Find out more about James’s workshops with the students at Leeds College of Art here.
Short excerpt from the 10th Vespertine Event in May 2016 at English Heritage’s Cold War Bunker in Acomb, York.
“Imagine a world where humans are forced to live underground, the surface uninhabitable.
Technology has become the only way to reach out and connect. Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal take you underground and into the world of E.M Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’. Featuring an exclusive live performance of the newly composed soundtrack for the play, composed by John Foxx and analogue synth specialist Benge. Set against the backdrop of York’s own Cold War Bunker, visuals (created live by James Islip) and music combine to explore our complex relationship with technology and what this might mean for human connection now and in the future.”
Visuals for the play The Machine Stops by Pilot Theatre
visuals by James Islip / Lumen.
A fun project we worked on with Frozen Music Collective, Finn Comms and Taylor’s of Harrogate in December 2014.
We created an immersive visual environment linked to real-time EEG data (brainwaves) for participants to taste coffee and enjoy a soundscape piped-through wireless headphones. Read what Vice Magazine had to say about the experience.
Vauxhall Adam Illuminates: a projection project by Lumen, Dave Lynch and Bec Smith from Urban Projections.
Video projection onto all 4 sides of the car was done via our Sanyo XF47 15,000 lumen projectors. the projection set-up was designed and installed by Lumen’s Phil Slocombe. The content was created by Bec Smith at Urban Projections and Dave Lynch. Dave also created the 3D-video mapping for the project.
This event was live. No camera tricks or after effects were used or harmed in the making of this video. Video by Minky Productions. Photo by Urban Projections. Thanks to Tro Group & Vauxhall.
Mobile projection buggy created by Lumen.
In October 2013, Lumen teamed up with visual artists Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels to create a video installation for Virgin Records’ 40th anniversary art exhibition: 40 years of disruptions.
Creative Review featured the exhibition here or you can view images from the installation via Sam Meech’s photo archive here. Thanks to This is Real Art and Virgin Records.