Blitz|GES commissioned to produce Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the iconic Roundhouse, London
Blitz|GES, a leading provider of live event audio visual services, has been commissioned to deliver equipment, installation and technical support for Ron Arad’s incredible 360⁰ installation, Curtain Call. Curtain Call is part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, the annual season dedicated to introducing new audiences to innovative culture.
The Roundhouse re-commissioned Curtain Call for their 50th anniversary celebrations. After receiving critical acclaim in 2011, internationally-renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad has reinvented the experience by inviting new collaborators to produce commissions, along with returning artists from 2011.
The floor-to-ceiling curtain is made from 5,600 eight-meter-high silicon rods which are suspended from a ring, creating a 56-meter-rcircumference canvas for film, live performance and audience interaction. The visuals are displayed via twelve 8,000 lumen Barco projectors, producing a seamless screen at 13,440 x 1,920 pixels. Control and playback is implemented via 12 Dataton Watchout display PCs from bespoke server hardware.
Blitz|GES Head of Video, Tom Chaney said, “We were delighted to again be involved in this project. This installation really brings creativity, art and technology together in an immersive experience”.
Ron Arad commented, “The installation has once again surpassed my expectations. A truly captivating experience for everyone to enjoy and a fantastic celebration of the Roundhouse”.
Visual artists have submitted works that utilise the 360⁰ screen and surround sound audio. Visitors are encouraged to view the visual creations by walking through the silicon rods to enjoy a fully immersive experience. A series of unique music events will take places within the installation throughout the month, including BBC Proms and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
The installation is open to the public throughout August. Tickets can be purchased at roundhouse.org.uk