IN BRUSSELS - THREE DIMENSIONAL EMOTION
This year, for
its annual festivities, the Marche Region has decided to celebrate using
spectacularity and imagery.
The idea is to bring the fascination of the art, the architecture and
the landscape of the Marche to the Grand Place in Brussels - to "spectacularise"
the beauty of the region with one of the largest architectural Multivision
shows ever realised in Europe or the world.
And so, this artistic installation
promises to be a big event: designed and created for the Marche Region
by Multivision Designer Paolo Buroni, one of the best known and most
innovative contemporary visual experimenters who, with his large-scale
multimedia installations, blends images with music and architecture,
creating a unique language (we might add, here, that Buroni is a "marchigiano
Buroni has been defined as an
“urban invader” by the American critics because of the direction
his artistic path as taken towards a total image that engulfs streets
and squares in all of the three spatial dimensions. He has worked with
many artists, including sculptors Pier Paolo Calzolari and Arnaldo Pomodoro,
musicians Uri Caine and Archie Sheep and actor Marco Paolini. With his
evocative multivision events he has peacefully invaded the Venice Biennale
Film Festival, the Sanremo Festival and Broadway, the Marmore waterfall,
the Coex Center in Seoul, the Montecarlo F1 Gran Prix, the San Siro
Stadium in Milan, skyscrapers in Singapore and Las Vegas, the Ataturk
Stadium in Istanbul for the opening ceremony of Universiadi, the Pirelli
Building and, most recently, the Palavela in Turin for the Olympic Games.
The Grand Place
Imagine the magnificent Hotel de Ville (1800 square meters),
the other historic buildings and even the pavement of the Grand Place
(over 6000 square meters) entirely frescoed by Raphael, Crivelli or
covered with the natural green landscapes of the Marche.
The people of Brussels, the passers-by, the audience will find themselves
immersed in a magnificent world of images and music that slowly evolves,
an imaginary and surrealistic world created using the very real treasures
of the Marche.
The Grand Place of Brussels – with its absolutely unique architecture
and exceptional theatricality skifully created by the ancient masters
– provides the perfect “canvas” for the creation of
this magical world.
“In my mission as an artist,
and also in this specific event, my intention is to create the sense
of a multi-sensorial immersion in the spectator using images. The images
are processed and spectacularised through the creation of an artistic,
technological space in which a succession of scenes interacts with a
quadraphonic soundtrack, surrounding the spectator and creating a unique,
My challenge is to relate the emotional impact of the subject rather
than giving a real, didactic account of the subject. To create, for
one day only, a parallel universe, a place of wonder and marvel, to
explore and experience emotion at 360 degrees". Paolo Buroni
The numbers of the installation:
- Director & Multivision designer – Paolo Buroni
- Graphics: Sabine Lindner
- Images: 1200
- Projection system – 35 special Stark projectors
- Power absorbed, approx. 100 KW
- Direction system Mac - Trax
The records of the Grand
- Use of innovative projection
technology (produced in the Marche, patented and world leader)
As is frequently the case, the need creates the technology.
In this case Paolo Buroni’s personal artistic mission, based on
highly personalised Maxi projections in Multivision, needed particular
technologies which were not yet available on the market. This led to
the creation and development of new innovative technology. The result
was the birth, in a few short years, of a small industry Marche (Stark)
that produces special Projectors and exports this technology to all
of the world.
Today, Stark Projectors are installed and used all over the world whenever
large size images of excellent quality and luminosity need to be projected.
From the Cinema Museum in the Turin Subway, from Gardaland to Jaipur,
India, from the San Siro stadium to a stadium in Istanbul, from Dubai
to Broadway and even Las Vegas.
- Over 10,000 square meters of images
More than a record, this Architectural
Multiprojection event in the Grand Place with over 10,000 square meters
of images is an enormous technological and technical challenge
In fact, this is one of the largest Multiprojections in Multivision
“Because of the restrictions imposed
by the Grand Place and because such a valuable and delicate monument
deserves maximum respect, during the planning phases I tried to find
solutions that do not obstruct the view of this historical square with
unattractive technological equipment, cables, etc.
Moreover, I was faced with a sole possibility, that of positioning the
projectors at more than 65 meters from the buildings.
To reach the required projection power, I had to resort to a very complex
technical solution and to the special Stark projection technology.
During the live on-site tests I realised that we would never have succeed
in this endeavour using normal standard lenses, so Stark agreed to custom
produce special lenses, making it possible to project from this distance
in the right proportions." This entire projection system is directed
by a special computerised management program that synchronises all of
the images (in thousands of combinations) with each other and with the