Burning Too • Hong Kong
media façade installation (mapped video projections with interactive sound)
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong,
55 x 26m (180 x 85 ft)
Don Ritter, 2016
The Burning Too media façade was presented on the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong during the opening of ISEA 2016, the International Symposium on Electronic Art. The Creative Media Centre, designed by noted architect Daniel Libeskind, is a unique building with vertical edges that are not orthogonal to the ground and a main façade angled forward 62 degrees. Burning Too is a metaphorical depiction of humanity’s longstanding relationship with fire, depicted as a large-scale projection of slow moving fire with sound. During the presentation of Burning Too, a 4K Ultra HD video projection of slow moving fire covered the main facade using four high-definition video projectors. The colours of the projected fire changed continuously in real-time, while the visual activity of the projection interactively controlled the sounds of the fire. Software was specifically designed to map the four video projections onto the diverse angles of the Creative Media Centre, enabling the overall fire imagery to appear as one unified 4K video projection of fire synchronized with sound.
Don Ritter: director, system design and programming, mapping, video and sound editing
Cleo Song: production coordinator
Mitch Martinez: raw video footage
Hao Li, King Him Fung, Ching Yung Yau: assistants
Documentary photographs and video by Don Ritter, Luna Leung, and Ching Yung Yau.