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Pro Display transparent screens create virtual on-stage effects

Duncan Proctor 21 October 2015
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Pro Display’s Clearview transparent projection screens have featured in the stage performance ‘Signal To Noise’ by Swiss artist group pulp.noir. Clearview acrylic screens are strategically placed on stage to create virtual doubles of the actors, adding an extra dimension to the show.

The pulp.noir collective was formed in 2004 by musician Thomas Fischer and video artist Julia Maria Morf, and produces scenic, installation and performance works shown to a wide audience.

In a Big Brother-inspired story, Pro Display’s Clearview screens show holographic-effect doppelgangers of the performers on-stage. The actors engage with their own video avatars, creating a surreal, 3D environment in which live performance, video and audio are interwoven with audience interaction.

The Clearview projection screens immerse the audience in the story with underwater and cloud effects that fill the stage. The three screens stand 2.5m tall by 1.75m wide and are suspended between the actors and the audience.

The projection surface is 92% transparent, and delivers the projected image with a combination of special optical dyes and millions of crystal lenses embedded within the screen. For this installation, each screen used an EIKI 2,500 lumens projector.

Julia Maria Morf, audiovisual artist and co-founder of pulp.noir, explained: “Signal To Noise explores how the lines have blurred between our real and digital selves. The Clearview projection screens are key pieces of this project as their transparency gives us so many creative visual options. Letting the actors interact with virtual doubles of themselves has a very powerful theatrical impact.”

Ben Kershaw, sales manager at Pro Display, commented: “We’re always excited to see new creative installations from our clients. Using our Clearview screens as part of the stage set and also part of the performance is a brilliant example. For our part, we’ll continue to bring innovative display technologies to market, enabling our customers to create new showstopping AV installations.”

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