News release: Open Call for International Video Mapping

MOSCOW, RUSSIAOne of the world’s biggest projection mapping and VJing contests, the Art Vision, is open for entries. Artists are welcome to submit their projects by 1 August 2016. Finalists show their works to millions of people by video projecting on the Bolshoi Theatre and the Moscow Manege, the symbols of Russia. It is the first time a VJ contest takes place in Izvestiya Hall, one of the biggest concert venues of Moscow. Participation is free of charge, winners are awarded a price in money.

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Light is a force we have gotten to get used to. Our ancestors adopted this force as a pet and made it serve our everyday’s life. There are many different sources of light: vital sunlight, intimate candle, versatile gas-discharge, you name it. We exist in the ocean of light; however, we do not notice its existence. The Art Vision contest brings together specialists in audiovisual art from all around the world for researching the creative potential of the light and showing the audience its inspirational power. Nowadays the Art Vision is a global media platform that helps artists to promote their works, set reliable connections, and develop creative skills.

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More than 120 contenders from 26 countries took part in the contest last year (2015). The winners were artists from Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Spain, and Chile.

The Art Vision contest is divided into three categories:

  • Classic Architectural Mapping (theme – cinematography)
  • Modern Video Mapping (open theme)
  • VJing contest (open theme)

The international judge panel consists of professional artists and designers. The chairman of the international judge panel is lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe who has been responsible for lighting the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other prime events.

The contest takes place as part of the annual Circle of Light Moscow International Festival, which is scheduled for 23 to 27 September 2016. For more information, please visit website.

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Circle of Light Festival

The annual Circle of Light Moscow International Festival evolves exponentially since it started in 2011. “It has become significant not only as local but also as international event which involves the best lighting designers from all other the world”, said Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. According to the press-office of Moscow city Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism, nearly 7.5 million people visited the festival in 2015. In course of 5 years the Circle of Light festival has won a number of prestigious prizes. The latter and the biggest is the Guinness world record for the largest projected image (2015).

It has become significant not only as local but also as an international event which involves the best lighting designers from all over the world. Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow

Organizers

The organizer of the Circle of Light festival and the Art Vision competition is the Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism of MoscowThe coordinator of the events is LBL Communication Group.

Background Information

Video mapping is an art of designing and projecting images on any 3D object considering features of its shape. It became popular in early 2000-s. Video mapping attracts interest of the general audience of all ages by combining the newest technologies and the limitless fantasy.

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Houke de Kwant is a 27 year old communication & multimedia design graduate from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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