The second largest administrative building in the world – the Romanian Parliament – was transformed into an eye-popping display of light during international video mapping competition iMapp Bucharest. Limelight worked for two-and-a-half months on its four-and-a-half-minute spectacle, which covered more than 23,000sqm – and which won two awards.
The vivid, trippy piece, entitled Interconnection, was projected onto the facade of the Romanian Parliament – only the Pentagon is a larger administrative building – in front of 40.000 viewers.
The projection mapping piece uses 104 video projectors, clocking over onemillion ANSI lumens, and not only covers the facade, but also incorporates the building itself as part of the spectacle, animating parts of it in a dizzying vortex of motion that plays with the viewer’s senses.
The creators of the piece were aiming to draw from contemporary visionary art and architecture, sacred geometry, even physics and chemistry to turn the Palace of Parliament into a vibrant, endlessly beautiful scenery of symbolic dialogue. Integrating the facade’s architectural characteristics into the artwork was also a key element in the concept, adding an extra value to the conversation between artist and audience, city and citizens.
Interconnection was among the six finalists selected out of all the applicants of iMapp Bucharest video mapping competition, one of the world’s biggest visual mapping contests. The event jury consisted of directors of various light festivals, hailing from Berlin, Helsinki, Genova, Ghent and Prague. Limelight’s entry scooped both the Jury’s Choice award as well as the Audience Award. The jury chose the winner unanimously, while Interconnection got twice as many votes from audience members as did the runner-up.
The piece was directed by Antonin Križanić, featuring the music of AMB, entitled Set in Stone, while the sound effects were taken care by the Fine Cut Bodies. Produced by István Dávid, visual designers include Antonin Križanić and David Vígh, joined by animators Viktor Vicsek, Csaba Világos, Máté Fekete and Miklós Már.