John Akomfrah - Four Nocturnes - Ghana Pavillion
Selasi Awusi Sosu - Ghana Pavillion
Sosu traces the construction, investment in, and ultimate abandonment of glass factories after Ghana’s independence. A sculptural film the installation includes 3 floating screens and many of the glass bottles gathered from the glass factories.
ArtAV installed 3 Optoma ZH510 laser projectors and the synchronized films played back from a bespoke Brightsign playback rack that included Lab Gruppen amplifiers and DBX EQ’s for the Vue 2x4.5i speakers, providing the sound of the bustling streets and erie empty glass factories.
By using the 5000 lumen Optoma laser projectors we were able to have an incredibly vibrant and bright image that reflected the works vivid cinematography of Selasi’s hometown. It also allowed maintenance to be as minimal as possible in the unique setting of Venice, a short vacuum and air blow every so often was all the maintenance that was required for these sturdy units to work flawlessly throughout the duration of the Biennale.
Jitish Kallat - Covering Letter - Indian Pavilion
Kallat’s installation Covering Letter revisits a letter from Gandhi to Adolf Hitler in 1939 projected on to a traversable curtain of dry fog. Stepping into a large dark space the only light comes from the fog screen beckoning you closer with intrigue as the letter disperses on the fog towards the floor. The audience could either take in the letter in the main space or walk through it to exit the installation.
For the installation, we used our Fogscreen eMotion machine to create the 2.5m meter falling fog screen in the archway of the exhibition space. A Barco PGWU-62L-K 6000 lumen laser projector provided a low maintenance solution for the video projection. The unique environment Venice provides as well as the high volume of people that go to the Biennale mean low maintenance solutions and dust proof equipment is used as much as possible to prevent minimum downtime. Thanks to regular cleaning of the filters the Fog machine only needed one day of downtime during the 6 month exhibition for a thorough clean. As the machine needs a constant water supply to operate and the install space did not have the required utilities an alternative source was required. Using a 400 litre tank and a bespoke double micro filtration system designed and implemented by ArtAV technicians the onsite technician only needed to fill the tank once a week.
Overall the exhibition was widely praised and proved a popular and unique attraction with visitors to the Biennale.