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Isaac Julien art installation uses DLP projector technology

F32 projectors from projectiondesign, together with audio and multimedia, were key elements in Ten Thousand Waves, a recent event created by artist Isaac Julien.

projectiondesign has supplied nine of its F32 DLP projectors to British artist Isaac Julien for his latest art installation ‘Ten Thousand Waves’. Having been shown successfully in several cities across the world, ‘Ten Thousand Waves’ has landed most recently at the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.

Julien is a long-time user of projectiondesign technology. “When you are putting on a piece of work like this, you rely on a fantastic image,” he said. “You need a certain colour depth, you need colour saturation and you need depth of field. Contrast ratio is also very important. projectiondesign projectors give us all this and more besides.”

The AV system for ‘Ten Thousand Waves’ was designed by ArtAV. Nick Joyce, the company’s owner, says all nine of the F32s are running at 1080p resolution.

“The unique thing about this system is that we output uncompressed, high-definition video,” said Nick Joyce, owner of ArtAV who designed the system. “We started with 35mm film as a source, then went through a digital intermediate copy that remained completely uncompressed. So the image quality is highly accurate and true to the imagery that Isaac has shot and edited.”

As well as the projection system, ArtAV also supplied its own media synchroniser, integrated with Blackmagic Design HyperDecks and a 9.2-channel surround-sound system using Anthony Gallo Micro loudspeakers.

“The space in the room was tight to install the work,” continued Joyce. “It’s a listed building and we weren’t able to fix anything at all to the structure of the room. So there were a couple of instances where we had what seemed like impossible projection angles. Being able to use short-throw lenses with the F32s was an absolute must. Without the choice of lenses, the installation simply wouldn’t have worked.”