The company is using a new Barco G62-W11 laser projector for an exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo, and deployed a ROE Visual BQ4 Black Quartz LED display as the backdrop for a futuristic opera.

Technical Direction Company (TDC) has ramped up its involvement in the Sydney Festival.

The Australia-based provider of event and entertainment technology solutions is employing the latest projection mapping techniques and LED technology at a range of events at the city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and live performance, which runs from 5-29 January.

TDC is highlighting its commitment to sustainability by deploying the latest addition to its inventory, the Barco G62-W11 laser projector, at an exhibition exploring the life of Frida Kahlo. The multi-sensory experience, Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon, features nine transformational spaces utilising holography, 360° projections and virtual reality to transport visitors inside the Mexican artist’s most famous works.

Chris Fitzgerald, TDC’s technical project manager, said: “There are seamless floor and wall projections, and unusual projection surfaces, which took about a week to set up and install. We opted for laser because the technology lifts the colour and resolution of the projections, and does so with a reduction in energy consumption.”

TDC celebrates biggest-ever involvement in Sydney Festival

Drew Ferors, TDC’s head of technical services, said: “Our clients are looking for greener, more-energy-efficient technology, and TDC was able to deliver that for Frida Khalo.”

TDC also specified and supplied the backdrop for a new opera, Antarctica, which is being performed on home soil for the first time during the Sydney Festival. A 12m x 9m ROE BQ4 Black Quartz LED screen is used as a set piece and animated display, with performers entering and exiting the stage through walkways within the screen.

Francis Smith, a technical project manager at TDC, said: “The screen sits in front of the scaffolding with elements of the set emerging on to the stage through cut-outs. Not only did the screen have to perfectly accommodate the cut-outs, but the design specified there would be nothing to physically connect the screen to the scaffolding. We elected to design using the new ROE BQ4.6, as it was the strongest and sturdiest for a screen of that size and weight. Having the vertical bracing built into the LED panels themselves helped with the structural integrity.”

TDC is also supporting numerous other festival experiences including the projection of Dyin Hura (Women’s Place) on to the facade of Sydney’s oldest public building, Old Government House in Parramatta Park.

Reference : AVinteractive