ArtAngel: Elizabeth Price – Slow Dans

Elizabeth Price's three works that make up SLOW DANS  – KOHL, FELT TIP and THE TEACHERS – present a fictional past, parallel present and imagined future, interweaving compact narratives that explore social and sexual histories and our changing relationship between the material and the digital. 

Featuring a montage of image, graphics, speech, and sound, SLOW DANS is designed to be experienced in a darkened space. The works, between five and 10 minutes in duration, are presented across a total of 10 suspended screens, with each piece spanning over six metres in width or height.

Presented in London for the first time, this large-scale installation is conceived by the artist for a repurposed 19th-century assembly room and is the first major show of Price’s work in London since she was awarded the Turner Prize in 2012. 

Elizabeth Price's SLOW DANS at the Assembly room, London. Presented by Artangel. Photographer: Zeinab Batchelor Elizabeth Price's SLOW DANS at the Assembly room, London. Presented by Artangel. Photographer: Zeinab Batchelor
Elizabeth Price's SLOW DANS at the Assembly room, London. Presented by Artangel. Photographer: Zeinab Batchelor Elizabeth Price's SLOW DANS at the Assembly room, London. Presented by Artangel. Photographer: Zeinab Batchelor

Elizabeth Price's SLOW DANS at the Assembly room, London. Presented by Artangel. Photographer: Zeinab Batchelor

ArtAV provided 10 Epson TH9400 4K UHD Projectors for their excellent colour reproduction and strong contrast ratio; it was paramount for the asthetic of the works that the projectors were able to provide such a vivid image for the exhibtion. Each projector was mounted from the high ceiling on long pole mounts. Due to the complexiety of the install with the high ceiling and pixel perfect line up ArtAV developed a custom controller app to aid in the line up and calibration of this piece. The software used the Epson network API to control the projectors, lens, and most importantly, the colour settings. With the projectors installed in such close proximity on this installation, and the amount of fine adjustment needed on each projector, using the standard remote control to individually adjust each projector would have been too time consuming. ArtAVs custom software used an Elgato Streamdeck to provide access to all the projector's features in an easy to use package, significantly speeding up the installation process.

To ensure the most accurate colour reproduction across the projectors a two stage colour calibration was performed. The projectors were first calibrated at the warehouse and then again a second time on site to ensure each projector colour matched as closely as possible. ArtAV technicans used a 'x rite Pantone i1 Display Pro Calibrator' and HCFR calibration software to ensure the projectors were perfectly colour matched to each other.

Playback for the installation was provided by 10 networked Brightsign HD224 media players. Networking the Brightsigns together made it possible to update and change content on the players as the installation took place. This allowed the Elizabeth Price Studio to tweak the film content right up to the last minute, getting the most out of the players and projectors. An additional benefit to using the network update was that the players and projectors were not disturbed, very important in such a precisely lined-up piece.

Sound was provided by 6 QSC K8s speakers and a JBL SRX818SP/230 Subwoofer. In addition ArtAV also installed, commissioned and tested a 2 zone induction loop to maximise user accessibility to enjoy the exhibition.

The exhibiton itself has been well recieved with excellent reviews for its very poignant imagary and message at this moment in history. It has been heralded as one of Price's most ambitous installation yet!


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