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Before the show floor opens: Monday at ISE 2019

Although the ISE 2019 exhibition opens its doors on Tuesday 5 February, the Monday pre-show programme has plenty to recommend it, whether you are an early-arriving attendee or an exhibitor on the show floor.

Occupying its traditional Monday morning slot, the Smart Building Conference begins at 09:00. Chaired once again by Bob Snyder, the conference is entitled: ‘Making Buildings Smart, Making Smart Buildings’. Over twin commercial and residential tracks, the conference will explore how smart functionality can be retrofitted into existing buildings as well as built into new ones.

Starting at 09:30 is AudioForum, produced by ISE Media Partner Connessioni in collaboration with the Audio Engineering Society. The only ISE 2019 conference with a pure audio focus, this year’s event will explore the relationship between quality sound propagation, architectural and environmental acoustics, the listening experience, acoustic wellbeing and related psychological implications.

The conference will appeal to professionals with technical training, as well as those from the world of architectural and environmental design, and end-users who manage environments and spaces within buildings.

Brand new for ISE 2019, CEDIA is holding a full-day Home Cinema Design Masterclass on Monday. This session will be taught by three of the world’s renowned experts in the field: Joel Silver, Founder of the Imaging Science Foundation; Anthony Grimani, President of Performance Media Industries; and Theo Kalomirakis of TK Theaters, known as ‘the father of home theatre’.

Attendees at the Home Cinema Design Masterclass will learn the secrets of high-performance home cinema design and maximise their knowledge in the strongest revenue-generating sector of the industry. Three ‘deep dive’ sessions will focus on video performance, advanced audio techniques, and the cinema environment. The session will round out with a Q&A session, and attendees will leave with a free one-month trial (worth €85) of The CEDIA Designer’s Home Cinema Pro level tool.

One of the iconic sights of ISE 2019 will be the projection mapping onto the nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel, situated next to the exhibition centre; this will be seen for the first time at 17:00 on Monday. The specially created content will be focused on the concept of diversity as well as on the construction and design inspiration behind the nhow. It will also include live feeds from the show floor once ISE 2019 has opened.

This projection showcase will be delivered by ISE 2019 Technology Partner and media server and digital display specialist Green Hippo, working alongside hire and production experts LANG, a long-term ISE Platinum Sponsor and Technology Partner. ISE Technology Partner Panasonic is supplying 14 PT-RZ31K projectors, outputting around 400,000 lumens. Special projection foil from Pro Display has been applied to the hotel’s windows to create a suitable surface for the projection mapping. Content has been created by 3D-mapping specialist Tenfeet, working in collaboration with Green Hippo.

Projection mapping is also the subject of the ISE 2019 Opening Address. Master projection designer Bart Kresa will discuss the background to his new projection mapping sculpture, Sviatovid, which is receiving its world premiere at ISE 2019 on Tuesday. The faceted, 5m-tall projection sculpture is the successor to the iconic Shogyo Mujo, which debuted at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA in 2014. The new sculpture is set to create a new benchmark in audiovisual art and will be illuminated through 360° in True 4K using four Panasonic PT-RQ32 4K, 30,000-lumen laser projectors. The Opening Address takes place at 18:00 in the Forum.

Following the Opening Address, the nearby Forum Lounge will host the Opening Reception from 19:00. Open to attendees and exhibitors, it is the ideal opportunity to relax, network and look forward to the week ahead over complimentary food and drinks.