Dystopia987 was driven by the realisation of a character through stages of emergence and interaction over the course of the evening. Rail9 was this character's first steps in understanding its physical surroundings. The character 'Dambrin' christened after Didier 'GOL' Dambrin, reached out into the space, defining its form, sampling movement and heat.
The visual processing and output was driven by the positional relationship of the scanner to it's environment. The scanner swept up and down the length of the tunnel.
At its extremes the output would be discordant and fractured, whilst at it's midpoint of travel, the output would be briefly coherent. These waves of coherence and de-coherence were like a visual metronome as the tempo of the evening progressed and Dambrin coalesced.
The visual technology integrated into a single kinetic device gave it an unusual identity. Certain movements, combinations and responses gave Dambrin a character as the machine ingested data from the night and its behaviours grew more complex.
Client: Manchester International Festival 2019, SKEPTA
Creative Direction, Production, Staging and Lighting: TEM
Executive Producer: Valtteri Laihanen
Visual Software Development: David Li
Technical Direction and Control System Design: Artists+Engineers
Laser Systems: AC Lasers
Motion Control: Alan Wells Camera Services
AV Supply: AtoV
Trussing and Installation: No Nonsense
Show Photography: Louis Reynolds and Priti Shikotra
All Other Photography: TEM Studio
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