Archipelago Dance Church project

Archipelago Dance Church project for Burning Man 2018

 

EXTERIOR

This is the kind of building I'm thinking of - not slick /somewhere between a schoolhouse and a chapel - of course we can't do clapboard siding or a real roof but white stained board and batten will give  the same feel.  

This is the kind of building I'm thinking of - not slick /somewhere between a schoolhouse and a chapel - of course we can't do clapboard siding or a real roof but white stained board and batten will give  the same feel.  

INTERIOR 

Plan A - video altarpiece with 1hour quiet mode video with medieval  chant track  and 5 or 10 dance mode videos with drum tracks about 1 min each. > for this to work we need to be able to tune the video projection  to the colors of the  side wall light boxes  exactly. We want the room to feel like all it’s “windows” open into the same world .  If the color and image quality of the  images in the altarpiece is at all different than that of the images in the light boxes then we lose that feeling.  church interior - each side wall 36 ft., altarpiece wall 18ft. wide, plate at 10', showing 9' x 16" projection, dance mode and 36 " wide light boxes

Plan A - video altarpiece with 1hour quiet mode video with medieval  chant track  and 5 or 10 dance mode videos with drum tracks about 1 min each. > for this to work we need to be able to tune the video projection  to the colors of the  side wall light boxes  exactly. We want the room to feel like all it’s “windows” open into the same world .  If the color and image quality of the  images in the altarpiece is at all different than that of the images in the light boxes then we lose that feeling. 

church interior - each side wall 36 ft., altarpiece wall 18ft. wide, plate at 10', showing 9' x 16" projection, dance mode and 36 " wide light boxes

Plan B - instead of video we build a  stationary lightbox altarpiece triptych that fits together like a stained glass window. Advantage  would be that all the boxes would be printed, built and lit the same way so that the room will feel like all it's "windows" opening into the same world. . Music would be independent.               The disadvantage to this is that is totally dilutes the DANCE/CHURCH concept but it's a pretty good backup plan IF the video just can't be visually tuned to the light boxes. I'm pretty sure it can, it'll just be a process of finding the right projector (one with color adjustments) and screen (or screen paint or scrim or......) 

Plan B - instead of video we build a  stationary lightbox altarpiece triptych that fits together like a stained glass window. Advantage  would be that all the boxes would be printed, built and lit the same way so that the room will feel like all it's "windows" opening into the same world. . Music would be independent.              

The disadvantage to this is that is totally dilutes the DANCE/CHURCH concept but it's a pretty good backup plan IF the video just can't be visually tuned to the light boxes. I'm pretty sure it can, it'll just be a process of finding the right projector (one with color adjustments) and screen (or screen paint or scrim or......) 

plan C -   -  light boxes would be programmable and be flashing and reactive to each other. Jason is  working on a second color test and updating the  “transitions” programing now.  
Long wall (10 x 36') with 36" wide light boxes  spaced evenly

Long wall (10 x 36') with 36" wide light boxes  spaced evenly

Long wall  (10 x 36) with  36" wide light boxes leaving 5'-6' space in front of altarpiece  OR 5'-6' at door end for short entrance wall 

Long wall  (10 x 36) with  36" wide light boxes leaving 5'-6' space in front of altarpiece  OR 5'-6' at door end for short entrance wall 

Alterpiece wall  video version  (18 ' W,  10' to plate,  18' to peak)  Dance mode  9' X 16'  video  slide show projection 

Alterpiece wall  video version  (18 ' W,  10' to plate,  18' to peak)  Dance mode  9' X 16'  video  slide show projection 

sketch for stationary  light box altarpiece triptych instead of video  

sketch for stationary  light box altarpiece triptych instead of video  

sketch   for stationary light box altarpiece  triptych  instead of video 

sketch   for stationary light box altarpiece  triptych  instead of video 

sketch   for stationary light box altarpiece  triptych  instead of video    

sketch   for stationary light box altarpiece  triptych  instead of video

 

 

Video altarpiece DANCE mode - Japanese drums 

 

Video altarpiece  QUIET  mode  -medieval chant

Think of the side wall  light boxes like the stained glass windows or stations of the cross on long  side walls of a small country church. The altarpiece videos will be collaged 9 x 16’ details of the 15 paintings in the Archipelago series 

 

............... OR we build a large stationary lightbox triptych for the altarpiece wall.  advantage of this would be that all the images would be printed, built and lit in exactly the same way so the feeling of the room is that what you are seeing out the "windows" and what you are seeing at the altar is all from one source 

How I envision the projections so far and this will certainly change as we work…….There are two test videos above.   One is labeled “dance mode” One is labeled “quiet mode” .  Preliminary plan is that the “quiet mode” video  will have a 40-60  minute duration and there will be 5 or 10 - actually as many as I can make - “dance mode” videos of 1 to 1 1/2 minutes each.

 If no one throws the switch (see image below - tech details to be worked out on this one ..help? )  to interrupt “quiet mode” and switch it to “dance mode” the default will be  20 minutes of “quiet mode”, then 1 or so minutes of “dance mode” drumming, then back to quiet mode and so on.

 If someone throws the switch to “dance mode” then the “dance mode” videos will be played back to back until the switch is thrown back again to “quiet mode” and the default rotation begins again.( Because we’re envisioning the space being used for yoga and meditation as well as dancing there should also probably be a way to program  a longer “quiet mode” if needed for that purpose  )

I also like the idea of keeping drums in the space so  people can come in and drum along if they feel the urge. 

visitors can use a scissor switch mounted on wall to  intentionally shift  both the 14 light boxes  and the altarpiece projection from DANCE mode  to CHURCH mode. The switch would either be located on the wall near the entrance door or if we use the light baffle walls in front of the altarpiece it would go on one of those. It would have a light on it and DANCE and CHURCH  in large red letters To add this feature someone's  got to have the chops to wire it without it causing more trouble than it's worth because if we put it there it's probably going to get a workout. Help???

visitors can use a scissor switch mounted on wall to  intentionally shift  both the 14 light boxes  and the altarpiece projection from DANCE mode  to CHURCH mode. The switch would either be located on the wall near the entrance door or if we use the light baffle walls in front of the altarpiece it would go on one of those. It would have a light on it and DANCE and CHURCH  in large red letters

To add this feature someone's  got to have the chops to wire it without it causing more trouble than it's worth because if we put it there it's probably going to get a workout. Help???

Church converts to housing plans see below  (work in progress) 

Because of dust and light considerations and also thinking of the best placement for Jael's carved basalt holy water/agave basin -(or is the right word "font"?)   I'm proposing we  add a small vestibule. That will add 4' to the building's length to make it 18'x40' instead of 18 x 36' as first proposed.  Plan b (below) adds a closet for the drums and a confessional.....confessional maybe with an optional "record" button?  If we make the vestibule ceiling  8' then the  loft created overhead will be tall enough to stand in (at least near the center) and   could maybe hold the receiver and projector - or is 36' too far for the projector to be from the projection wall and/ or  the AC units? Benches will be on casters and low enough to fit under the light boxes so they can easily be rolled to the wall for dance parties, yoga classes,  drum circles or....? 

>>>>>>> Each pre-made construction panel will be  appx. 48” with battens over each seam...... so we need to be sure that the construction panel arrangement allows each 36” wide light box to be centered between the battens

Plan B with confessional and drum closet on exit wall / loft over  - see below

Plan B with confessional and drum closet on exit wall / loft over  - see below

When I did a video test in Ballroom Marfa’s projection room  (which is a similar size to ADC) I brought them a jump drive with the video slide shows  on it. Matt Grant, Ballroom's incredibly helpful preparator  plugged my jump drive into their mac mini which was connected to a Yamaha surround sound home theatre receiver which had 5 or 6 speakers arranged around the room ceiling height.  That was plugged into the projector. The sound was great. 

looking for salvage doors that will work for entrance - something similar to these. 

looking for salvage doors that will work for entrance - something similar to these. 

Archipelago Dance Church Logo  - make holy medals ? 

Archipelago Dance Church Logo  - make holy medals ? 

Egyptian Dumbek Drum Video for Dance Mode