For Perlan’s “Land, Coast, Ocean” exhibit, produced a short film using original footage as well as providing projection, calibration and hardware solutions to create a stunning virtual aquarium. As part of a fast-tracked mandate, we also created installations and reactive show elements for the “Forces of Nature” exhibit.
The initial mandate for the first exhibit was to replicate the effect of a traditional aquarium, using high-resolution video of extraordinary Icelandic marine life. We directed and produced an original short film, shot mainly underwater, putting museum-goers within arms reach of some of Iceland’s most remarkable plants and animals. Icelandic marine species look and behave differently from fish and aquatic mammals in other parts of the world, because of the unique climate. We allowed the life cycle and energy of the ecosystem to guide our creative direction as we worked on the film. The resulting film is equal parts contemplative and breathtaking while staying true to the rhythm of the landscape.
The original film score is a slow-developing, dream-like composition of instrumental music and nature sounds. The non-thematic rhythm compliments the looping cadence of the film, while counteracting any potential perceived redundancy.
From a technical perspective, the building’s unique architecture demanded a high degree of expertise to develop a method of rear-projection on the wide, curved screen that would not deteriorate the quality of the 6K video. Our patent-pending autocalibration technology creates one unified image from the six separate projectors in a matter of seconds for optimized viewing, without compromising quality.
For Perlan’s “Forces of Nature” exhibit, we created an enclave of installations to present four Icelandic natural phenomena- volcanoes, earthquakes, geysers and tectonic plates. We designed and programmed a permanent show, which includes projection on a custom-designed bench two curved walls as well as LED lighting crossing the entire floor space and the bench. The Forces of Nature soundtrack sculpts the natural sounds of these phenomena using ambisonics and specialized equipment to render low frequency audio signals into amplified physical vibrations. We also provided ambient lighting control, and thermal detection in the entry area to create atmosphere and immerse visitors in the space.