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Medialon helps create art in Venice

“The Black Arch” installation at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia s about two visions of the world, of two cities – Mecca in Saudi Arabia and Venice in Italy. Medialon is helping deliver it.

Two Medialon MIP HD media player units along with a Medialon Manager show control license are currently running on “The Black Arch”, a collaboration work made by the artist Shadia Alem and writer Raja Alem to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its debut participation in the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia running in Italy from June 4th to November 27th.

Damien Lebrun and Nathalie Grassi from CYWEB, a France-based company specialising in multimedia tools and content development, were in charge of the design, the production, and the installation of the audio/images/lighting system, as well as the programming of the Medialon show control system.

“For The Black Arch, the artists wanted four audio and two video projections sources along with a sophisticated and lively lighting”, said Damien Lebrun, sound engineer and developer at CYWEB. “Of course, the video, audio and lighting effects had to run simultaneously. We also absolutely had to find a nice and easy tool to create and synchronize the 30 spotlights with the audio and images in situ in Venice, knowing that we would have a limited time for the integration onsite.”

“It clearly appeared that two Medialon MIP HD media players to play the 30-minutes media content including audio and images files, associated with a Medialon Manager show control software for the DMX lighting control and the timeline with the Positrack (sync) functionality were the ideal solution for this project,” he continued. “We also needed a true reliable audiovisual and lighting control system as the project had to operate autonomously for the 6-month duration of the Biennale exhibit. Medialon brought us this guarantee.”

Picture copyright: Andrea Avezzù