Wroclaw, Poland Celebrates Its European Capital of Culture Status with d3

Wroclaw, Poland marked its role as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2016 with the Flow, a series of happenings, performances, dance and musical spectacles celebrating the city and its residents. The multimedia finale of the Flow depicted the history of Wroclaw in four acts. It was delivered by 300 artists and 45 watercraft on the River Odra and watched by some 50,000 residents and visitors.

Warsaw-based Prolight, a d3 Technologies reseller, provided a d3 4x4pro with Quad-DVI VFC cards and a d3 4x2pro to show producer VES, which chose d3 for the technical integration of the large-scale show. The multimedia spectacular, for client IMPART 2016 Festival Centre, featured lighting, music and architectural projection mapping.

Four young composers – Udi Perlman, Amir Shpilman, Jiri Kabat and Pawel Romanczuk – worked together with four orchestras to create the Flow Cantata performed on a stage by the River Odra and live streamed to four big screens in the city centre and to viewers online.

A total of 22 multimedia projectors were deployed in several locations for the project. They included six Christie Boxer 2K30’s, six Panasonic PT-DZ21Ks, eight Panasonic PT-D5700’s, and two Christie Roadie HD+30Ks.

“To make installation possible, we split the network of d3 machines: The 4x2pro worked across the river providing signals for the projectors that couldn’t be accommodated by the 4x4pro,” explained Krzysztof Grabowski, d3 Specialist at Prolight. “Normally, this kind of configuration would be an impediment but not for remotely-controlled d3’s connected through d3Net.”

Grabowski noted that programming time for lighting and multimedia was shortened thanks to WYSIWYG and d3’s pre-programming and pre-visualisation capabilities. That meant Pawel Pajak, creative show director and lighting designer, could deliver files on time to MA Lighting grandMA2 Operators Michal Parzych, Marcin Szczakiel and Tomasz Szwelicki. Final adjustments could be made during the day since summer nights in Poland are only about six hours long.

“That, along with a little help from binoculars, allowed us to perfectly map the projectors onto the building facades and fragments of the river channel walls,” said Grabowski. Projections were displayed on the cathedral island buildings, the oldest part of the city.

“d3 performed perfectly when controlled by the lighting consoles – three grandMA2 systems linked together,” he reported. “This enabled the show to synch all the lighting and multimedia aspects of the spectacle.”

Chris Baldwin was the director and European City of Culture curator for the project and Jacek Warzynski the technical producer.

The Flow marked the halfway point for Wroclaw’s celebratory year with hundreds more cultural events scheduled to round out 2016.