Double Take Projections // Spectra – Aberdeen Festival of Light

Here's a short promotional film we produced for Double Take Projections, showcasing their installation at Spectra, Aberdeen's Festival of Light

The vision for SPECTRA was to be a signature winter event for the region and beyond, a high-end forum with which the city can profile itself distinctively in the area of light and creativity, recognising Aberdeen as a contemporary city of design and technology with a strong cultural heritage.

Piloting in February 2014 with an array of light installations, exhibitions and events in Aberdeen City Centre, it was experienced by 17,000 people and included school and community participation with a series of installations and projections by local, national and international artists. The festival was well received it provided an excellent platform to showcase the city’s unique qualities and cultural offerings.

Our pals at Double Take Projections were asked to install a light display of their own on to the Marischal College building in Aberdeen City Centre. 'Faces of Innovation' was a striking projection artwork to celebrate Aberdeen’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design. Pioneering physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Operatic Soprano Mary Garden and Town Planner Archibald Simpson take centre stage in the 10 minute animation. The iconic Marischal College provided the perfect canvas to tell the story of the innovators who played an important role in the history of the Granite City.

Expecting around 18,000 people over the course of the 4 day event; the show completely exceeded expectation showing to 37,000 people. The event was embraced by the people of Aberdeen who delighted in an amazing experience to the centre of the city.

The content was created to react to an original soundscape performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra by composer Jack White. Faces of Innovation presented an impressionistic take on Aberdeen’s pioneering spirit of innovation, featuring ‘Illuminating Research’, images of the latest innovative research from the University of Aberdeen as well as images of historic contributions to design, science and society uncovered from Aberdeen archives.

The Projection Mapping Installation was based around a 3D architectural scan which generated a point cloud of accurate geometry points. The projectionists used this to generate 3D animated content that fitted the proportions of the building exactly. 4 Projectors were used to simultaneously saturate the building in light.

Recently, The Drum Scottish Event Awards awarded Spectra with the award for Scottish Festival of the Year; no doubt in part due to the fantastic projection skills of Double Take.