How do you turn an empty shell of a building into an audio visual spectacle to launch the start of a building project to turn old light bulb factories into homes and small enterprises. This was the question faced by lighting designer Bhagat Denijs. His solution was to combine Screen Monkey with an MA2 lighting console and 100 GLP Impressions.>
Gerard Philips started the production of light bulbs and radio’s in 1892. The company grew in a short space of time and with that the collection of villages became joined with worker housing to support the factories. As the light bulb company grew into what we now know of as the multi-national company Philips the original factories became obsolete and unused.
It has now fallen to the City Counsel and their housing corporation Trudo to convert these old buildings into homes and small businesses for the current occupation of Eindhoven. To mark the start of this building project they asked sound and lighting company Hovanaars (http://www.hoevenaars.nl) to produce a light show which was fitting to the buildings original use.
With the windows of the building forming a grid 5 stories high and 10 windows across it offered the perfect opportunity to use the Pixel Mapping functionality within Screen Monkey “I immediately thought of Screen Monkey as a great tool to help me program this, through it's pixelmapping capabilities” (Bhagat Denijs). To create the 6 minute show 100x GLP Impressions, 8x Spacetracers 4000, 10x Martin Atomic Strobes, a bunch of strobe eggs and a few dimmers where used. The Screen Monkey software was controlled from the GrandMA 2 lighting desk. 5 universes of ArtNet where merged with the MA2 to give control of the fixtures from both the lighting desk and Screen Monkey. This meant that they could “mix and match regular programming with clips coming out of SM”. The whole show was synchronised with SMPTE timecode coming from the audio track.
The resulting show was impressive and of particular note is the way the Pan and Tilt capability of the GLP Impressions was combined with the video mapping to produce a surface that felt as if it is was moving. The different video effects both fitted with the soundtrack and used the building to its best potential.
If you want to watch the finished show then you can watch it on YouTube
This was the first show Bhagat had used Screen Monkey on and he was pleased with the result. “After a few unexpected glitches, which were solved, almost overnight, by Oliver Waits of Screen Monkey, it turned out I made the right choice using Screen Monkey.”
“I thought it was a great job. First of all because there aren't too many gigs like this, secondly because of a personal touch. My grandfather worked for Philips during the war, in these exact factories. My mother, a schoolkid then, lost one of her friends standing next to her, during the bombing. Something I think she never got over. Strangely, although the factories were bombed several times by the allies, and everything around them was flattened, but not the factories.”
As these factories in Eindhoven move into the next era of there life we celebrate a little of their past with a lighting show fitting of the light bulbs once produced there.