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Spectra - The Aberdeen Festival of Light

Spectra - Aberdeen’s Festival of Light. Projection Mapping Installation on Mitchell Hall, Marischal College.




Faces of Innovation is a striking new projection artwork commissioned for SPECTRA 2016 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. . We 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.



Commissioning Double Take Projections for the second time for SPECTRA Festival in Aberdeen allowed us to develop a major new architectural scale projection installation created to a tight brief for the festival. We wanted to present a massive scale work on a signature building to celebrate the city and the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design.  Within an extremely tight timeframe Double Take Projections delivered exceptional technical and creative solutions creating a major new artwork that impressed both Aberdeen City Council and our 37000 visitors delivering technical precision, exceptional value and attention to detail throughout.

Andy Brydon, Curated Place







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