Lucion Media creates light and shadow theatres performed within vinyl spheres, as installations they call moonGARDEN. Since their inception in 2012, more than one million people have been experienced the show's luminous shadows. The next evolution of the installation was to take it out of the spheres and incorporate LED lighting and micro-mapping to tell a fantastical story.
This new show is called Shadow Play. For its premier at the Shanghai Museum of Modern Art in January, Lucion Media reproduced the city of Shanghai with its parks, bridge and buildings. Yet, the installation is completely customizable, enabling it to be used for different types of communications, from advertising, to the telling of a Harry Potter story, to creating a planetarium. So far, it has served as an example of interactive volumetric cinema technology and has demonstrated how it could transform a garden, a lobby, or public space into a story.
The show lasts 5 minutes and is followed by an interactive 20 minute scene. The volumetric decor turns into a giant interactive shadow garden where the audience can use the light on their mobile phones to reactivate a few moments of the movie and activate the sounds of the city. Some may choose to experience the installation deep in thought, while others will enjoy the interactive aspects.
The story: At night, an artist living in Shanghai takes the subway home. Finally arrived, he hurries upstairs, changes clothes, grabs a pair of scissors and starts cutting up paper frantically. What is he doing? He is shaping tiny paper characters. Once complete, he places them onto the set and their shadows come alive. They run, they giggle, they climb onto buildings, they take over a city—a fantastic forbidden playground. A knock on the door interrupts their euphoria. They freeze. The owner is shouting from the other side of the door. He is here to collect the artist’s rent. The moment he is gone, joyful bliss seizes them again. They grab the artist’s paint pots and pour them all over the city.
Photo credit: Lucion Media inc.