PLAN-it, Millennium Dome / Mind Zone, 2000, installation view.
A "Suspended Cube" was the location to house the projections and loudspeakers for the installation. We started out about 1 year ago with a 3D-model and a structural description of the location and began designing a media set-up for the visitors. Our aim was to allow for an interactive work of art involving many interactors at the same time. The visitors should feel free to join or leave the game at any given moment. They should have fun no matter whether they actively interfere or just watch passively. They should be surrounded by sound and moving image rather than being confronted and they should leave the installation with some new information, feeling or question. The intention was not to explain a complex problem or to even predict the future. In the process of creating such an installation both the architects and the artists had to adopt their initial concepts. Based on the unconventional format of our projection areas [20 meters wide, 3 meters high superpanorama] we started generating animations and videos using this particular format. We recorded sounds feasible for spatial distribution and we programmed the presentation software capable of handling this kind of data.
Technically the system consists of an application synchronizing various events on 6 computers, 20 input devices, 8 loudspeaker units and 5 video projectors. The core programme is a multiuser server connecting the main devices. A custom-built command language interpreter scans for commands such as "start movies on computer 1,2,3 now" or "stop soundtracks on computers 5 and 4" and effects synchronized actions. The programme also stores statistical data from the voting.
PLAN-it! was first shown on January 1st 2000 and continued until the end of 2000. The project was developed by Herbert Lachmayer and fuchs-eckermann (Sylvia Eckermann and Mathias Fuchs).
Produced by: ART & TEK Institute Linz,
Production manager: Ricki Oelmack
Commissioned by: New Millennium Experience Company [NMEC]
Martin Newman [Content Director], Alan Dobbie [Production Manager]
PLAN-it, Millennium Dome / Mind Zone, 2000, screen shots.
Fatih Aydogdu (Video, Morphing)
Ronan Bocarro (3D-Model of the Dome)
Niki Chesworth (Texts and Research)
Caroline Delval (Translation)
Ricarda Denzer (Video Composing)
Julija Ezergailis (Photo and Research)
Christian Gargele (Consulting)
Stephen Grey (3D-Body Scans)
Ruth Kaaserer (Video-Shooting)
Sergius Kodera (Research)
Thomas Macho (Consulting)
Reinhard Mayr (Photo)
Philip Mann (Research)
Rowland Morgan (Texts, Revision)
Yoko Muraoka (Scanning)
David Perryman/ Psygnosis (Computer Game)
Peter Piccottini (Lingo Consulting)
Johnny Porsch (Research)
Fridolin Schönwiese (Photo)
Julian Scott/ Audio Affects (Audio Samples)
Martin Skladal (3D-Design, System)
Lars Tuubjörk (Photo)
Chris Whatmore (Titel)
Marcus Weimer/ Rattelschneck (Cartoon)
Michael Westmoreland (Panoramic Stills)
Tanja Widmann (Research)
PLAN-it, video ducumentation, 2000