Robe at MIRA Festival

Robe lighting was a technical partner in the 2016 MIRA digital arts festival, staged for the first time in Berlin. The event focuses on the intersection between electronic music and live visuals and presents a selection of invigorating collaborations, special projects and the opportunity for artists working in all areas of music and visual arts to imagineer works that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Lighting designers Alexandr Letcius and Alexandr Sinitsa from the Russian based Tundra Collective utilised 34 x Pointes and 10 x Robe Strobes for their large scale sound and lighting sculpture, “Hyperjump” presented in Recording Hall 2 of the Kultursaal Funkhaus which hosted the 2016 MIRA event.

Hyperjump was originally created by Tundra as a site specific installation in one of the halls of the former First Cadets Corps in St. Petersburg … since when it’s been toured to several other venues.

The fixtures were rigged ‘randomly’ on trusses around the space according to a lighting plot and used to generate off-beat placement effects from any position in the installation space, similar to those created by trees in a forest.

This assists the Hyperjump concept of viewers exploring the space immediately around them.

The entire installation is a potent physical and psychological tool for exploring reactions and individual feelings. Every person will have a different reaction, some of it related to their personalities, and the Hyperjump experience can make people feel both comfortable and uneasy in relation to their surroundings.

The Alexandrs chose Pointes for this installation because they really like the iris movement and how natural it is when opened and closed quickly. It’s an effect used extensively in the work accompanied by a special noise effect which brings life to the lights.

They also like the intuitive and easy to read display on the Pointes, and the speed of the fixture, which is something also relevant to the artwork – they needed something agile and elegant in movement. The strobes, they comment, are easy to programme and get what’s needed in terms of speed and intensity.

MIRA Festival director Oriol Pastor explained that as an innovative digital arts festival MIRA encourages partnerships with major brands who can showcase their top technology in new, experimental and creative environments.

“Hyperjump was our biggest installation this year and we were very pleased to work with Robe … they played a key role in the success of MIRA’s first Berlin edition,” he stated.

The Pointes were supplied via German rental company Satis & Fy and the Strobes came directly from Robe In the Czech Republic.