Nuit Blanche 2014 – Walk Among Worlds – Máximo González

Nuit Blanche 2014 Symphony Interactive

In the installation “Walk among worlds” the artist explores the effects of light and lightness, looking for a cultural reflection on political division of the world. The installation, originally composed of 7,000 units that represent the 7,000 milions of inhabitants of the planet, is entirely made of inflatable balls. The material, derived from petrol, requires of the human breath to acquire its geoidal shape. The world-balls, in 3 different sizes, allude to the archaic concept of ‘first’ and ‘third world’. The world-ball is an educative item but also a playful element that, badly manipulated, can lead to its destruction. All have been manufactured in China, generating a reflection about where the factory of the world is located nowadays. The tour of “Walk among worlds” is a contemplative ride to the center of the Earth, which by immersion drives to a reformulation of our understanding of it. The world correctly conceived is not one and only, it is an accumulation of parallel worlds: some more visible than others, some closer or more distant from others, but all part of the same organic vital structure.

The Challenge

The globe painted beach ball clusters were mounted on poles that had to be securely anchored into the ground. Symphony Interactive designed and supplied the ground anchors as well as some custom hardware to assist with the installation of them.

 

 

Photos and video courtesy of Ivan Buenader

Máximo González – www.maximogonzalez.info

Nuit Blanche 2014 – Glenda León – Silent Rise

With this sculpture, the artist explores the notion of silence in relation to spiritual development. Silent Rise invites the audience to experience the act of listening from a new point of view: seeing sound, listening to images.

The Challenge

With safety always a top priority at these public events, the rising rungs of musical staves required solid anchoring in the event that an unruly festival goer might actually try to climb them. Symphony Interactive designed anchoring sleeves that accepted the two side rails of the art piece, which were then embedded in concrete.

Nuit Blanche 2012 – Christine Davis – World Without Sun

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World Without Sun” appeared at Nuit Blanche 2012 and is titled after Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle’s underwater documentary of the first sea colony; a bubble or “flying saucer” manned by oceanauts. Filmed in 1964 this breathtaking glimpse of a world beneath resides within the imagery of another era.  Focusing on 19th C. biologist Jakob von Uexküll’s concept of umwelt, or the perceptual world in which an organism exists and acts as a subject, “World Without Sun” considers our perceptual world as that of communication.  Animals, stars, and stones collide as the work grapples with the radical interdependencies of life on this planet fueled by human cycles of production and consumption.  “World without Sun” the technological sublime is a posed on both oblivion and renewal.

Six channel video projection on mesh satellite dishes, 3 steel tripod stands. Each dish 10ft. 2in., 5 min.loop

Christine Davis- http://www.christinedavis.ca/#/world-without-sun-2012/

The Challenge

Provide design, fabrication and logistics to the delivery of a support structure capable of holding six, 10ft. diameter satellite dishes. With Christine’s artwork, we had to come up with a design that could withstand the significant wind load presented by the dish area, was minimalist in appearance so as not to distract from the visual imagery, and could be quickly manufactured as smaller components that were easily assembled onsite.

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine – 2010

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Halifax, NS and Saint John, NB

The Dalhousie Medical Education Program’s new high definition video conferencing/distance education system links 19 sites at two university campuses and four New Brunswick hospitals. Mandated to provide all students with a comparable learning experience regardless of their location, the program was established in collaboration with the Government of New Brunswick, the University of New Brunswick and the Horizon Health Network.

The Challenge

A tour de force of UX and usability engineering, the Engineering Harmonics design team envisioned a learning environment that was completely unbound by geography. They designed a system where any number of rooms full of students, regardless of size, could join and leave a larger virtual “classroom” completely adhoc at any time, regardless of whether those rooms were down the hall, in another building, or in another campus altogether. The design requirements were such that the assets of each joined room, including every student microphone, the live microphone queue list itself, lighting presets, program sources, automated camera presets etc. would all be available to and managed by the virtual classroom as if it were one single space. Finally, and most important to this utopian design goal was the criteria that this inflatable background complexity not impact the system usability in any perceivable way to the classroom professor.