Albright-Knox announces ‘Illuminate AK’
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 17, 2012 @ 11:43am
If you like bright lights, colors and stunning visuals, then the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s “Illuminate AK” will boggle your mind.
Running two sessions on Oct. 5—7:30 and 8:30 p.m.—the Albright-Knox will boast a three-dimensional video projection mapping off the gallery’s 1905 Albright Building. Using 30,000-lumen projectors—and these things are not cheap at all—a story of the gallery’s history and prized pieces of its collection will be displayed in gargantuan size and brilliant color. The Albright-Knox’s release expects “thousands of spectators” in attendance.
The event is free to attend and doubles as an M & T First Friday. Live music and the presence of a number of Buffalo’s food trucks will set the atmosphere for the continuation of the Albright-Knox’s 150th year celebration. Video mapping artist Daniel Hartnett, who’s recently worked with artist Nam June Paik and created projections for the Beastie Boys and David Bowie, will create the video that’s featured against the building.
If you’re still a little confused about what video mapping looks like, check out this Tumblr page. The coolest part, perhaps, is the fact that the projected image can be customized to fit irregularly-shaped buildings, lending a stronger illusion. It should be spectacular to see the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso and others illuminated at night.
Here are a few photo examples from around the web: