Christie and Avollusion light up iconic landmarks at the inaugural Lumieres Hong Kong Festival

HONG KONG, China – (November 23, 2017) – Christie, a leader in creating and delivering the world’s best visual and audio experiences, together with its valued partner Avollusion, are presenting stunning light installations and video projections at various landmark sites and buildings during the inaugural Lumieres Hong Kong festival.

Asia’s World City, Hong Kong, is a territory rich of heritage and culture, renowned for its unique and vibrant local gastronomic scene. Lumieres Hong Kong festival will make its debut on November 23, 24 and 25 in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR Establishment. The festival features three nights of light installations, video projections, art pieces and dining to experience Hong Kong in a bright new light. Landmark sites and buildings of the city in Sheung Wan, Soho, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon will become the canvas for some of the most renowned local and international light artists to showcase their vision of the city’s very own culture. Completely free, Lumieres Hong Kong offers activities and celebrations for the general public, young and old, to rediscover the city’s heritage.

Christie and Avollusion are also the technology partners of this multidiscipline festival of installations, performances, audio effects and audience interaction.

“We’re very proud to be a part of Lumieres Hong Kong and have been working on the technical design since the conceptual stage of the festival. Due to the scarcity of space, we have had to come up with unique solutions to counter the challenges of executing projection mapping projects in Hong Kong,” said Justin Choy, Managing Director, Avollusion. “Through this event, we hope to show that building mapping is indeed possible in Hong Kong and hopefully we can inspire others to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas that help bring the cityscape to life. In the live events world, there is still so much more technology that we want to show the people of Hong Kong, and hopefully this is the first step to making that happen.”

Denys Lavigne, Vice President, Global Christie 360, added, “Lumieres Hong Kong is our first major collaboration since we’ve established our new Hong Kong office and we’re very excited about this project. Exploring new innovative and meaningful ways to integrate digital media experiences in urban environments continues to be a priority for our team. In addition to the collection of large-scale experiences that will be illuminating the city, we are particularly proud of the interactive light painting station we’ve created as it will allow visitors to express themselves and create digital art that they can share on their social media platforms. We are confident that the result of this great collaboration between the Lumieres team, our partner Avollusion and Christie will offer the people of Hong Kong and festival visitors a truly magical experience.”

Lin Yu, Vice President, Christie Asia Pacific, commented, “We’re thrilled to use light as a medium to enhance landmarks sites and buildings in Hong Kong through this major event. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of local and international light artists to accentuate the beauty and vibrancy of this city. The deployment and usage of Christie projectors at various venues has certainly helped us to achieve this objective of entertaining the public and delivering a fantastic shared experience.”

Among the highlights is an eye-catching projection mapping performance on the façade of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the world located on Connaught Road in Central. The projection canvas, measuring 34 meters in width and 33 meters in height, is lit using 10 Christie Boxer 4K30 3DLP® projectors, and managed by Christie Pandoras Box servers, with contents entirely designed and produced by Christie 360. The result is a highly entertaining show exemplified by bright, colorful and dynamic visuals.

In addition, Christie has established an interactive booth near the hotel to increase users’ engagement and experience. Known as LUX, it elevates the traditional event photo booth to the level of interactive experience. Festival visitors are invited to pose for a snapshot. Then, using analog light sources, virtual brushes and custom-built software, the snapshot is transformed into a piece of dynamic digital art by Christie’s team of light painters. The best visuals are subsequently projected onto the façade of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong as part of the projection mapping showcase.

A Revolution of Light by Avollusion

Using Christie visual solutions, the masters of light at Avollusion has transformed the following landmarks and buildings into fascinating canvases of art:

The projection mapping performance, titled “The Anooki Shake Up Hong Kong” created by French artists Moetu Batlle and David Passegand, are bringing the “the Old Lady of Pedder Street” to life with a joyful show featuring the Anooki, two lovable Inuit in the world. From a huge trampoline to a giant aquarium, the white façade of the General Post Office becomes the new playground of the Anooki. Small windows become fountains, filling the building with water. The captivating visuals are made possible using six units of Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors.

The projections on the façade of City Hall, titled “E-motion”, is a journey in time that evokes the evolution of Hong Kong from its past to its present and towards the future, playing with light, shapes, colors and movements. Created by French designer Yves Moreaux, the show transforms the facade of the City Hall in order to suspend the notion of time and immerse the visitor in a bath of images and lights. The massive installation comprises 16 units of Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors.

A total of six Christie WU14K-M 3DLP® projectors are deployed for the projection mapping on the iconic Clock Tower. Titled “Long Striker,” it is an interactive projection with a digital participative element where visitors can challenge each other and become involved in lighting up the Clock Tower, while also trying to achieve the highest score. Designed by interactive design agency Vendredi 4, the installation at this venue is expected to be highly popular, especially among the young.

Christie Sets Up Office in Hong Kong

Christie has opened an office in Hong Kong to better serve clients and partners in the region. Located in Causeway Bay, the Christie Hong Kong office is strategically positioned to work more directly with end users to create experience strategies by leveraging on its combined in-depth knowledge of the total array of digital media and leading-edge technical skills.

Denys Lavigne, Vice President, Global Christie 360, said, “By setting up a new office in Hong Kong, we are demonstrating our strong commitment to our clients and partners in the region by adding depth to the offering and help them put together impactful projects for their business. Over the last few years, Christie has delighted customers with large-scale projection mapping, best-of-class interactive video walls and superior immersive, experiential installations in the region. I’m confident that our presence in Hong Kong can further help our industry partners be more successful in growing their businesses.”

Michael Williams

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