Major partner Panasonic powers 20 video artworks at contemporary visual arts festival
1st Apr 2014
The 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts festival, opened its doors to the public on the 21st of March, showcasing the work of more than 90 artists from around the world. Panasonic’s latest projectors and lenses can be found at 20 of these installations from renowned artists such as Eva Koch, Ulla von Brandenburg and Pipilotti Rist.
“Panasonic is proud to be a major partner of the 19th Biennale of Sydney,” said Peter Huljich, Group Manager, Projectors and Flat Panel Displays, Panasonic Business Systems. “It’s a unique opportunity that is enabling us to demonstrate the true scope of our projector technology to more than 600,000 art lovers.”
Watch bellow a video that overviews Panasonic’s participation at the 19th Biennale of Sydney (or go to bit.ly/19BOS-Panasonic and watch on YouTube):
One of the major video artworks, Eva Koch’s I AM THE RIVER, uses a state-of-the-art PT-DZ21K 3-chip DLP projector vertically-mounted and front-projecting onto a special 13m high by 7.3m wide screen. Set in the industrial surrounds of the Turbine Hall, the PT-DZ21K was chosen for its exceptionally high brightness of 20,000 lumens – essential to combat the ambient lighting in the Turbine Shop at Cockatoo Island – and the 3-chip DLP technology that produces true-to-life colours. This life-size visual and audio experience recreates the awe-inspiring scale, majesty and deafening roar of an Icelandic waterfall.
“I’m really grateful to use this flagship projector because it produces an image that is bright enough to compete with daylight,” said artist Eva Koch. “I also used Panasonic LED projectors in my latest permanent installation back home in Denmark and they produce really good images. They’re also affordable and low-maintenance, which is a great help to keep maintenance costs down.”
Other artworks using Panasonic technology include:
Pipilotti Rist’s Mercy Garden Retour Skin
Designed specifically for the double-height ground floor gallery space at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, this installation uses six PT-DW640 1-chip DLP projectors paired with ET-DLE080 zoom lenses, chosen for the clear and crisp 6,000 lumen brightness and short throw capability. The huge walls of the gallery space are splashed with dazzling visions, inspired by alpine and village life, and immersing viewers in a dream-like, lush environment.
Douglas Gordon’s Phantom
This collaborative work with singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright uses a PT-DZ110XE projector and ET-DZ5LE6 lens to display the eerily life-like video of a human eye. The powerful 10,000 lumen 3-chip DLP projector provides the high contrast ratio necessary to reproduce the deep, rich blacks of this striking monochrome image, while the zoom lens provides an extremely sharp, close-up view.
Ulla von Brandenburg’s Street, Play, Way
German artist Ulla von Brandenburg explores the boundaries between reality and illusion in an immersive mixed media installation. It combines a surreal short film depicting people, rituals and uncanny occurrences with an atmospheric wooden structure that draws viewers into her dream-like installation. The PT-EZ570 projector was chosen for its bright and detailed widescreen image and outstanding 5,000:1 contrast ratio.
“We were delighted to work with Panasonic in realising the 19th Biennale of Sydney,” said Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney. “The company’s extensive range of projectors and lenses has enabled us to present incredible works by some of the world’s leading artists.”
Artworks using Panasonic projectors and lenses can be found at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Carriageworks and Cockatoo Island.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA
|Søren Thilo Funder
||Level 3, Room 303
||Level 3, Room 307
||Panasonic PT-DZ110XE with ET-D75LE6 lens |
||Oracles, Owls… Some Animals Never Sleep
||Level 3, Room 309
||Panasonic PT-AR100 x 2 |
||When you fall into a trance
||Level 3, Room 309
||Panasonic PT-AE7000 |
||Mercy Garden Retour Skin
||Level 1, Room 105
||Panasonic PT-DW640 with ET-DLE080 lenses x 6 |
|Broersen & Lukács
||I am the Architect, This is not Happening, This is Unacceptable
|Søren Thilo Funder
||The Cosmonaut (I don't see any God up here)
||Curtain Callers Entracte)
About the 19th Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts festival. Held every two years across multiple venues in Sydney, the Biennale is a three-month exhibition, with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days – all FREE to the public.
Under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg, the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire celebrates the artistic imagination as a spirited exploration of the world, seeking splendour and rapture in works that remain true to a greater, even sublime, visuality. Details at 19bos.com.
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