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Awards at Prolight + Sound

Important awards of the event industry are presented in festive evening events during Prolight + Sound.

Opus – German Stage Award

Dionysos Stadt Open Air (Photo: Jörg Baumann)
Dionysos Stadt Open Air (Photo: Jörg Baumann)

This year, the Opus - German Stage Award honours two projects that could not be more different, and yet both are in the spirit of a creative approach to the challenges of the crisis. Last summer, the first project  "Dionysos Stadt Open Air" showed how, with the courage to take risks, impressive art and cultural experiences can be realised even in times of tough restrictions.

New in 2022: Special Award „Opus AVantgarde“

The creators of the second project "Woodkid @ ZDF Magazin Royale" broke new technological ground. They succeeded in making an augmented reality version of the artist appear in the studio for a joint appearance with the RTO-Ehrenfeld by means of complex photogrammetry processes.

For this special achievement, the jury awards the TV event with the newly created special prize.

Winners 2022

Dionysos Stadt Open Air (Photo: Jörg Baumann)
Dionysos Stadt Open Air (Photo: Jörg Baumann)

Culture fans in the Kaiserlei district between Frankfurt and Offenbach experienced an almost ten-hour theatre marathon in July 2021. The acclaimed and multi-award-winning production of the Munich Kammerspiele by director Christopher Rüping thrilled audiences in a version specially adapted for the spectacular open-air "Sommerbau" logentheatre, initiated and produced by Frankfurt's Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. In an impressive ambience, the temporary venue designed by the architects and artists group "raumlaborberlin" made it possible to hold larger public events after months of lockdown, even under strict hygiene regulations. The Sommerbau had room for around 350 visitors - 200 of them in covered 2-seater boxes on three floors. In designing the Sommerbau, "raumlaborberlin" played with geometric shapes and aesthetic possibilities. They created a round building with six corners and three mighty side wings, which gave rise to a large arena in the middle, measuring over 25 metres in diameter.

It was not only the venue that was unusual, but also the performance itself. With eight actors, some playing several roles, "Dionysos Stadt Open Air" spanned the history of the gods, heroes and mankind from Zeus and Prometheus to Achilles, Helen, Cassandra and Electra to the here and now. The unusual circumstances demanded some workarounds from the team. For example, there was no lacing floor in the summer building, so a crane was integrated into the production - for example, to lower Prometheus' cage into the arena and pull it up. Furthermore, due to the open-air character, lighting scenes could only be realised in the late evening hours. All the more it was the responsibility of the actors on stage to keep the audience's attention and enthusiasm throughout the many hours of the mammoth production, which they succeeded in doing in an impressive way.

The Opus jury praised Dionysos Stadt Open Air as an extraordinary overall experience. The project proves that cultural highlights can be realised even under the most challenging circumstances when many hands pull together. Those responsible took a great risk both with the construction of the temporary venue and with the selection of the challenging material, which paid off brilliantly in the end. 

Woodkid @ ZDF Magazin Royale (Photo: ZDF)
Woodkid @ ZDF Magazin Royale (Photo: ZDF)

Presenter Jan Böhmermann's show has already attracted attention in the past with technically impressive video tricks. Many people remember the satire about the allegedly fake middle finger of Greek politician Yanis Varoufakis.

Another sensational project followed in the Corona winter of 2020. Due to the lockdown in Paris, a planned performance by the musician Woodkid in the studio of ZDF Magazin Royale could not take place. Those responsible decided on a highly complex solution that had never been implemented in this form before. By means of a complex photogrammetry procedure, the artist had himself recorded in a green studio in France. The result was a 3D model that was processed as a virtual scene with the help of the Unreal Engine originally programmed for computer game development. The specialists from the Solingen studio "von | Berg" then merged this with the image from the recording studio in Cologne, which had been measured for augmented reality effects.

A particular challenge was the meticulous synchronisation of the lighting mood between the studio image and the virtual Unreal environment. This was the only way to create a perfect immersion for the viewers - and a coherent overall picture that can hardly be distinguished from a real interaction at the same location.

The jury praised the groundbreaking approach that those responsible chose to make the impression of the live performance of an international artist in Corona times perfect. The process could also serve in the future as a way to preserve musical performances and recreate them in digital space. 

Video: Making-of 4D Woodkid Performance (ZDF Magazin Royale)

Sinus – Systems Integration Award

Winning project of the Sinus 2022: „Bassins des Lumières” in Bordeaux, © Culturespaces / Anaka Photographie
Winning project of the Sinus 2022: „Bassins des Lumières” in Bordeaux, © Culturespaces / Anaka Photographie

The Sinus honours outstandingly creative and artistic achievements and solutions with respect to the use of technology in audio-visual installations. The award has been given annually at Prolight + Sound since 2004. The jury and the trustees of the award comprise representatives of the German Media and Event Technology Association (VPLT), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and other experts from the sector, as well as representatives of the trade press and Messe Frankfurt.

The digital arts project ‘Bassins des Lumières’ in Bordeaux receives the ‘Sinus - Systems Integration Award 2022’. Since June 2020, the technically complex installation has invited culture enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a sea of pictures, colours, sounds and history on the site of a former submarine bunker.

‘Sinus – Systems Integration Award’ for the digital arts project ‘Bassins des Lumières’ in Bordeaux, France

Winning project of the Sinus 2022: „Bassins des Lumières” in Bordeaux
Winning project of the Sinus 2022: „Bassins des Lumières” in Bordeaux

Since June 2020, the technically complex installation has invited culture enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a sea of pictures, colours, sounds and history on the site of a former submarine bunker. The Sinus jury particularly praises the meaningful overall concept that gives the ferroconcrete colossus from NS times a second life as a place of cultural encounter and fascination for art. The award also recognises the forward-looking use of state-of-the-art media technology solutions. In this way, the creators of Bassins des Lumières were able to master the most demanding tasks in the technical and creative implementation of the project in an unprecedented way.

Bassins des Lumières: arts, water, concrete, technology

Immediately after entering the historic military building in the Bacalan district of Bordeaux, a seemingly boundless virtual world opens up to visitors in the surreal ambience of the concrete grotto.The bunker's 600,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete are turned into a gigantic 360-degree projection screen that also includes the water surfaces of the 12-metre-deep basins. Using elaborate edge blending and distortion algorithms, artworks by Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee are seamlessly integrated into the winding architecture of the facility built in 1941 for the German submarine fleet. These form the basis for the 50-minute multimedia performance that art enthusiasts experience in a continuous loop. The audience moves completely freely through the enormous worlds of light and sound, accompanied by trombone sounds to Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture, excerpts by Beethoven, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and Puccini.

More than 90 Barco DLP projectors wrap the grey concrete surfaces in an almost lavishly colourful robe. Around 30 Kinetic media servers from Modulo-Pi ensure the harmonious playback of the content by means of complex analysis and simulation processes. 80 actively operated, network-controlled CAL loudspeakers from Meyer Sound use beam steering technology to provide a directional sound experience without any diffusiveness.

From 11 February 2022 to 2 January 2023, Bassins des Lumières will be open with a new exhibition. The focus will be on the artistic and architectural masterpieces around the lagoon city of Venice.

Information on Bassins des Lumières at www.bassins-lumieres.com.

Next Lightshow Award - The competition for young creatives!

Logo Next Lightshow Award

With the Next Lightshow Award, EventCampus, the transnational education platform, honours young and creative trainees for their achievements in the practical area of light show/light design at Prolight + Sound.

A 90-second video of a light show in one of the four categories live, theatre, fixed objects/exhibition and visualisation could be submitted until 27 March 2022. In the first evaluation phase - the "Public Voting" - the work will be put out to public vote. Votes can be distributed daily among the submitted projects. The results of the Public Voting will be added to the Expert Voting of the jury to determine the winners of the four categories.

The Next Lightshow Award offers young talent in the industry a first-class opportunity to showcase themselves and their work and to attract attention in the theatre and event industry. An award in the Next Lightshow Award is synonymous with comprehensive know-how and creative implementation.