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V&A Dundee says ‘Hello World’ with Avolites Tiger Touch II

Dundee’s landmark new V&A museum beamed its way onto the world’s cultural map with a spectacular light, sound and pyrotechnics-focused opening ceremony. At the helm of the bold colour washes and intricate shapes was lighting designer John Rogers, armed with two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles. Rogers was commissioned for the project by Jon Pugh of JMP Productions. The pair employed 30 Robe BMFL WashBeams in weatherproof domes and eight Prolights SunBLAST IP rated LED Strobes to achieve their design. These were rigged at ground level around the exterior of the V&A, pointed directly at the building’s unique architecture. The entire show was synced to music composed especially for the occasion, triggered by MIDI from Logic on a laptop. “What we were aiming for pushed the boundaries of what’s possible using fixtures instead of projection mapping,” says Rogers. “This could have been challenging, but I was backed up by some of Titan’s signature features, including Key Frame Shapes. This made it much simpler to create an animation of the BMFL’s shutter blades, for a start, meaning that the Morse code was clear and crisp – spot on. It also helped me programme position and rotation; layered, kaleidoscopic colours and trapezoidal shapes – the list goes on. It was a godsend.” Off-site, Rogers used his own Titan Mobile to pre-programme, transferring the showfile to the Tiger Touch IIs in the run-up to the event. “Titan just works for me. I like that I can do a layout of the stage as many times as I want with as many different groups. If running FX or cue or anything across it, I can say ‘I’d like that from the middle out’ or anything, and it works. It’s like what I can see in my head just comes out onto the stage.

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