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FAÇADE Festival – A Larger-than-life Interactive Art Fest

Come August 30th and downtown Vancouver will be awash with a multitude of colours and lights as FAÇADE Festival takes over the city for 5 days. A huge showcase of art, creativity, and technical innovation, Facade Fest will feature the works of 5 local artists projected onto the Vancouver Art Gallery building, as well as a projection mapping spectacle by the Go2 team.

FAÇADE Festival is organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation and Go2 Productions is proud to be this year’s official technical partner. The event aims at making art accessible for all by taking it off gallery walls and screens and putting it in front of hundreds of new viewers in a dynamic, interactive format. FAÇADE Festival will feature newly commissioned works by artists Eric Metcalfe, Barry Doupé, Rebecca Chaperon, Renée Van Halm, and Chris Shier in the format of grand-scale projections that are free for the public to enjoy.

Each artist visited us in our studio for two hands-on mentoring sessions and were shown how projection mapping would be used in conjunction with their art. The artists also got to see what their final presentations would look like on our four-foot model of the Art Gallery building.

Go2’s finale presentation will take place on September 5th at 8pm and 10.30pm. Titled Divine Composition, it will feature gorgeous imagery woven with cutting-edge digital technology. The presentation was inspired by the Golden Ratio – a mathematical sequence that occurs in nature and has been used to inspire architecture, music, art and design for centuries.

Go2 will be using exquisite time-lapse flower footage by famed cinematographer, Louie Schwartzberg, integrated and augmented with colourful animations. Louie is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker. Louie’s three TED talks have gone viral with almost 50 million combined views. “Having my visuals displayed through projection mapping at events like Façade Festival allows me to share my work with audiences in a new, dramatic way. What better way is there to experience the wonders of nature than outdoors?”, Louie enthused.

The background score for the piece will be produced by renowned composer Alain Mayrand who also took his inspiration from the Golden Ratio. Alain, who was thrilled to have his music performed in his hometown, wanted his composition to physically echo the numbers in the Golden Ratio, not just abstractly represent them. FAÇADE Festival lights up the Vancouver Art Gallery on August 30th – you won’t want to miss this unforgettable multi-sensory experience.

Stay tuned for artist interviews and a behind-the-scenes peek at the mentoring sessions.

FAÇADE Festival
August 30 – Sept 5
Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street side)

August 30th – Eric Metcalfe
August 31st – Barry Doupé
September 1st – Rebecca Chaperon
September 2nd – Renée Van Halm
September 3rd – Chris Shier
September 4th – Encore of all artists’ works
September 5th – Projection mapping grand finale by Go2 Productions followed by an encore of all artists’ works

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