In a few words, iMapp Bucharest represents one building, more than 104 projectors used, 23.000 square meters of projection surface, over 2.000.000 ANSI lumens and one huge stage.
2015 meant the second edition of iMapp Bucharest. The event consisted mainly of two parts: a huge concert and a unique giant video mapping show. The concert was a major one and included some famous local DJ’s (Argatu’ and Suie Paparude) who performed in the opening of Parov Stelar.
Referring to the mapping part of the event, we can say that the huge surface of 23.000 square meters of the facade of the Parliament Palace (the 2nd largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon, USA) has never been used in such a complex project of video-mapping. From a technical point of view, it was an impressive display of expertise, unique in Romania.
Photo by Alex Barbulescu
The selection of the video artists teams took place within the framework of a public contest, with participants all over the world. A detailed storyline and treatment was required, as well as a strong portfolio. Last edition’s theme was “The Elements”. The brief referred to the fact that the shows can use combinations of any number of elements. They could have been abstract or figurative, realistic or symbolic, a dynamic mixture or just one element.
From the large number of artists around the world that answered the call, 37 projects met all the selection criteria. Six finalists were selected: AVA - Mexico, Dirty Monitor - Belgium, Urbanscreen - Germany, RadugaDesign - Russia, Light Event Consulting - France and MotionScape - Romania. Each video mapping show lasted 4’30” and was created by the artists in 8K format and customized on the building facade, using a 3D scan so complex that required over 530.000 poligonal shapes.
Photo by Alex Barbulescu
During the event, the audience had the opportunity to choose its favorite team by sending a text message to a short number. At the end of the event, all text messages were evaluated and the artist whose works received most votes won “The Public’s Favorite Show” prize. The winner was the Romanian team MotionScape. “The Jury’s Favorite Show” was received by the German team Urbanscreen. This distinction was given by an impressive jury formed by Jean François Zurawik (iMapp jury President) - Director of Events in the city of Lyon, Raluca Velisar - Head of Curatorial-Research Department of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, László Zsolt Bordos internationally recognized 3D artist, Alexander Us - Creative Director and co-founder of Sila Sveta Moscow and Rachael Rogerson-Thorley - Editor of mondo*dr magazine, a 25-year-old international publication for technology in entertainment.
More than 60.000 people came to see the shows and, after the event, thousands of pictures and videos were uploaded on social networks and hundreds of news covered it worldwide.
iMapp Bucharest is organized by creart - Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of the Municipality of Bucharest, 360 Revolution as the Event Production Company and Maxin10sity as the Art Curator.
The video mapping content was projected onto the facade of the Bucharest Parliament, using 104pcs of Panasonic PT-DZ21K 20.000 ANSI Lumens 3 chip DLP® projectors, controlled by five Pandora Box QUAD Server systems from Coolux. The projectors were stacked into 14 clusters in 6 towers, controlled through LAN. The signals were using fiber optic.
- Resolution: 7680x2000
- Frame rate: 25fps
- File format: Quicktime.mov (Compression: 75% PhotoJPG, Sound: AAC)
- 2D raster map and 3D model of the facade were produced a priority