An unprecedented video projection show to take place in Irkutsk at the coming weekend

This will be the first time that the residents of Irkutsk will have an opportunity to watch a performance involving the use of video mapping and projection techniques. They bring buildings, cars, decorative architectural elements and features of interior design alive and transform them into the most extraordinary objects. Certainly, many people have seen videos on the Internet showing houses being transformed into faces which are then shattered into pieces, or cars that are standing immobile but seem to be speeding along the most scenic and challenging routes in various parts of the world and then turn into planes soaring up into the sky before the eyes of the astonished audience. Such projections are more impressive than fireworks; they attract thousands of spectators, and video recordings made by these spectators then spread throughout the Internet.

The project will be presented in Irkutsk on the bank of the Angara River at the coming weekend. The video projection is being prepared by true masters: Oleg Mikhaylov and Gera Mamatov, video artists from Saint Petersburg. They are creating an amazing visual illusion that will transform the geometry of space. It is worth mentioning that the authors collaborate in this sphere with the best theaters both in Russia and globally.

Work on the program to be presented in Irkutsk started several weeks ago. A unique musical accompaniment has been written specially for the program: an arrangement of classical and electronic music has been done by Dmitry Anikin, a composer from Saint Petersburg. Equipment required for the show is not available in Irkutsk, so it will be delivered from Omsk for three days.

The unique programs will be displayed near the monument to Alexander III on June 24, 25 and 26 as part of the Cultural Capital arts festival. They will start at 10 p.m., immediately after the end of concert performances, as soon as it gets dark. Moreover, on the first day of the festival, on June 24, the performance will be accompanied by live music that will be played by the Governor’s Symphony Orchestra and the world's only horn orchestra. The masters have revealed some of the secrets: during the concert, the stage and the entire stage set will be transformed into Siberian decorative motifs, and then...

The project has been made possible due to personal support from the Governor of the Irkutsk Region Sergey Levchenko. It has been organized by the Government of the Irkutsk Region, Russia's largest private power company EuroSibEnergo and the Baikal Totem festival center in Irkutsk.

Anatoly Boroznenko, co-organizer, head of the Baikal Totem festival center in Irkutsk: "Experience suggests that our city is only starting to master this art form. Thus, today it is particularly important for us to join in the process of creating the amazing video projections and 3D narratives prepared by set designers from Irkutsk and artists from Saint Petersburg with a considerable experience in video mapping, who will present the project at this year's Cultural Capital arts festival. They have done a tremendous work, and we hope that it will produce adequate results that will provide a good illustration of the art of video projection."

Works by the video artists from Saint Petersburg:

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The Cultural Capital arts festival was initiated in 2014 by JSC EuroSibEnergo and the Baikal Totem festival center in Irkutsk. Starting from 2016, the festival is held with personal support from the Governor of the Irkutsk Region, with the regional government acting as a co-organizer of the festival. Every year, the program of the festival features original and unique art projects from Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk and other cities that have never been presented in Irkutsk before. Key objectives of the festival include facilitating cultural exchange and promoting modern Russian culture in eastern regions of the country. The festival is also aimed at creating a favorable environment for developing creative initiatives, establishing partnerships and launching joint art projects.

Sergey Levchenko, Governor of the Irkutsk Region: "The Irkutsk Region has an enormous artistic potential. We should facilitate the creation of an environment conducive to initiation and development of art projects. I believe that enhancement of the status of Irkutsk as a unique historic center of Russian culture in Siberia and the Far East is a worthy goal."

Vyacheslav Solomin, CEO of OJSC EuroSibEnergo: "Projects such as the Cultural Capital offer every citizen an opportunity to become part of a great cultural tradition of our country. This is our vision, and this is a huge and demanding task for the government. It involves creating a new and favorable environment that is stimulating and helps to make a difference."


Press service of the festival

June 22, 2016
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