iMapp Bucharest 2018
INTERNATIONAL VIDEOMAPPING COMPETITION
An exceptional cultural marathon will mark two major historic events in September: 559 years since Bucharest was first documented and 100 years since Romania’s Great Union, a good occasion for both locals, Romanian and foreign visitors to celebrate. Between September 21st – 23rd, 2018, Bucharest City Hall, through creart – Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of Bucharest, will organize a grandiose cultural program, consisting of three consecutive events.
The 5th iMapp Bucharest Edition and HURTS concert
Saturday, 22nd of September 2018, comes with the 5th iMapp Bucharest Edition – one of the biggest 3D videomapping shows worldwide, an international competition which brings design, contemporary art and performance together on the 23,000 square meter façade of the Palace of the Parliament. Along the 4 previous editions, iMapp enjoyed the participation of more than 240,000 people.
iMapp Bucharest, an international competition that has grown into a reference event for the international audiovisual industry specialists, will bring to Bucharest, for the fifth consecutive year, the best multimedia artists across the world, who will present their creations on the façade of the Palace of the Parliament. The theme of the 2018 edition focuses on Romania’s Great Union Centenary: Blue, Yellow, Red. A Century of Modern Romania.
For the first time in the history of the festival, 10 international teams have been chosen to participate in the contest on September 22, 2018 in response to an Open Call launched in May, 2018. The teams have been challenged to create works using the colors of the Romanian national flag, events and important figures belonging to the Romanian history, with a focus on an artistic perspective rather than on a documentary one. Teams from Russia, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine, Hungary, China, Mexico, Thailand, Columbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, England, Portugal, Poland, and India registered for the competition.
The 10 finalist teams to present their works at iMapp Bucharest 2018 are: Sila Sveta from Russia, Go2 Productions from Canada, LosRomeras and OTUCINEMA from Spain, NullPixel from Mexico, SKG Media from China, United Motion Labs from Austria, Mindscape Studio from Romania, OCUBO from Portugal, ArtZebs from Ukraine, and Vision Impossible from Netherlands.
On 22nd of September 2018, the 10 works of the participants will be analyzed by a specialized jury, made up of distinguished experts and major representatives of the international visual culture, from the fields of visual arts, communication, mass-media or film-making.
The jurors of the final round of the iMapp Bucharest 2018 competition are: Xavi Bové – artist, curator, professor and the 2016 FIMG Art Director – The International Mapping Festival of Girona, Kate Harvey – associate producer with Artichoke Creative Company from the UK, Ronald Ramakers – independent director working in the Netherlands and Germany for 10 years, founder of Phanta Vision Audiovisual Company and Director of the GLOW Eindhoven International Light Art Festival, Craig Harvey – Experienced Chief Engineer & Technology Strategist at Factory Light Festival from Norway and Yann Nguema – ambassador artist for the Festival of Lights in Lyon (France).
In 2016, iMapp Bucharest was nominated in the Live Event of the Year section of the AV Awards from London – a well-known international competition meant to recognize and award excellence across the audiovisual industry, organized by the AV Magazine from the UK, a publication that has been the authority in the field of audiovisual review for more than 40 years and enjoys recognition in Europe and beyond.
In line with previous editions, iMapp Bucharest will consist of an essential interactive component that will enable the public to select their preferred competitor via text messages sent through a dedicated regular-priced line made available by the organizers on the night of the event. The team enjoying the highest number of text message votes will thus be the winner of the 2018 Audience Award. Moreover, one of the voters in the 2018 edition can be the happy raffle winner of a City Break!
The stage of the 3D videomapping competition will be set by several reputed local and international artists who will perform in Piata Constitutiei and spark the atmosphere in the official opening to the event. This year, the stage from Constituției Square will host the performance of HURTS, the famous British synth-pop duo formed in Manchester in 2009, consisting of singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson. HURTS enjoys international fame and hundreds of thousands of fans attending their concerts. Across the 4 albums the band have released they have sold millions of copies around the world.
The Romanian alternative rock band The Mono Jacks will perform in the opening of HURTS, offering an effervescent live experience in an unique atmosphere. Before the long-awaited concerts, DJ CS84 will prepare the crowd for an unforgettable evening at the fifth edition of iMapp Bucharest.
Facebook event – iMapp Bucharest 2018: https://bit.ly/2OY4S6M
The entry is free and the access starts with 5 PM.
About the finalists:
SILA SVETA, Russia
Sila Sveta, which translates as ‘Power of Light’, is an interactive media, turnkey production and conceptual design company based in Moscow and Los Angeles. Committed to transcend the existing possibilities of digital media Sila Sveta aims to create immersive experiences that ‘bring magic into the world’. The studio is engaged in the development and implementation of creative concepts, interactive installations, event and art projects, production of multimedia content and bespoke software development. Sila Sveta is a provider of professional technical solutions related to projection systems, lighting equipment and immersive visualization. Their portfolio includes immersive experiences, virtual reality shows, 3D projection mapping on landmark buildings, stage design for concerts and music festivals including Coachella, and grand museum installations, such as ‘Mission Mars’ for Space Centre Houston. They use their high-end technologies to turn dance performances into the dreamiest spectacles (‘America’s Got Talent’ in 2016 or award-winning ‘Levitation’ piece). The studio also operates in a number of other directions, constantly elaborating new ways of using light, and collaborates with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Audi, BMW, Panasonic, Samsung, Lamborghini.
Is a laboratory for experimentation and artistic production based in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico, characterized by an interdisciplinary approach dedicated to experimenting with art, science and new technologies to explore the possibilities of new media in contemporary artistic creation, developing research and production projects around digital art, electronic art and virtual reality.
Go2 Productions, Canada
Based in Vancouver, BC, with representation on both US coasts, Go2 Productions is a highly skilled team of multi-disciplined professionals. From 3D projection mapping to immersive environments, video and experiential projects, Go2 is focused on creatively using technology to design unforgettable experiences. Expertly weaving together art, soundscape and digital mastery, the award-winning team transforms physical spaces into magical events that thrill and inspire.
SKGMEDIA (Shanghai SKGMEDIA Film Culture Co.,Ltd.) is created by Gong Zhen and Bao Ruoyun, registered in Shanghai & Hong Kong. We build a very young, creative, artistic design studio which focus on different formats of new media art, especially 3d video mapping and interactive mapping. We have won three-time awards in international mapping competitions, held six-time mapping classes, one-time mapping exhibition show, also finished more than 30 commercial mapping works around the world. We love mapping.
Los Romeras / OTUCINEMA, Spain
Romera Diseño e Infografia, since 1998, offering quality contents with a wide range of uses: corporate events, TV, museums, award ceremonies and, of course, mapping shows. Our team can work on technical conception, visual concepts, storylines, 2D and 3D animation, postproduction, etc… on different projects all at the same time. And also with the skills of many different collaborators to generate adhoc music and sound fx for every project. We create experiences!
OTUCINEMA was founded in Madrid in 2011 to develop and produce interactive audiovisual experiences while telling stories with a narrative character, generating sensations as well as emotions, and seeking to strengthen and humanize our clients’ message. Since our inception we have always opted for direct contact with the audiovisual community, maintaining strong links with the base sectors, being continuously and actively involved in the development and propagation of audiovisual culture.
Vision Impossible, Netherlands
Rene Te Riele and Andrzej Krawczyk are motion designers working at Vision Impossible. An Amsterdam based motion graphics studio specialized in making video shows for events. We focus on conceptual strong ideas that are visually appealing.
ArtZebs Group work in contemporary art with digital technologies for 10 years and now team consists media-artists: Nastya Loyko, Vladimir Gulich, VJ Yarkus, Madjah’s. 5 years ago we started working with videomapping. Our portfolio consists of more than a hundred events and exhebitions. We connect painting, light, music, sculpture, 3d animation, installation, feelings and conditions…
Mindscape Studio, Romania
Mindscape Studio is a multimedia and creative technology studio specialized in video mapping, event design and interactive installations. We cover the entire spectrum of services: from consulting to conception, planning and realization of the project. Our works have received awards at international festivals and events: 1st Place at Spotlight Festival 2018, Best Experimental Mapping and Best VJ Award at Visual Artist Awards 2018, Public Choice Award at iMapp 2015.
OCUBO is a creative and highly skilled international studio that conceives artistic and corporate events using light and technology. We have a wide experience and know how in immersive video mapping experiences, producing effective and remarkable brand activation projects and acclaimed large scale cultural events worldwide.
Our artistic installations and shows contributed to some of the largest International Light Festivals, UNESCO World Heritage sites, monuments and other public places, including major cities like London, Sydney, Paris, Lisbon, Singapore, New Orleans, Amsterdam, New Zealand, Sharjah, Aichi, Melbourne, Lyon, among others. With a constant focus on communicating with the audience, we turn the spectators into active participants introducing interactive and participative art into public space.
Our expertise in the creation and production of Light Festivals and Route Events, dazzle the public with light, colours, movement, interactivity and cutting edge technology. OCUBO is the founder and producer of LUMINA Light Festival in Portugal, transforming Cascais into a world of fantasy and a journey of emotions and sensations through dynamic multimedia installations, video mapping, light installations and light performances for an audience of +400.000 people.
From concept, to exhibition, our turn key events are created and produced 100% in house, by our talented artists in the creative and production field. Combining quality of execution, emotion and creativity, OCUBO endeavours to deliver the best shows adapted to each particular context. Our creativity and on time reliable delivery is the reason our clients and partners value and trust our work.
United Motion Labs
United Motion Labs is an award winning cross-media-studio based in Vienna, which creates audiovisual installations, bringing life to stages or architecture and develop shows and performances with massive impact. The professional, interdisciplinary team unites competences in the field of media art & design, space & stage design, performance & technology. Creating high valued and unique excitements is their mission. Smart storytelling is their foundation. Generating stunning sensual impressions is their passion. If your eyes become big, your mouth remains open, your ears grow and your skin gets goose pimples, then you are – most likely – experiencing artwork by United Motion Labs.
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