For 4 days in August the second Fascinate conference and showcase attracted digital artists and performers from across Europe, North & South America to Cornwall.
The festival showcase, occupying The Moor (the old town square in Falmouth) was a key component of the 2014 Tall Ships events in the town. Fascinate 2014 comprised over 60 performances and installations (mostly employing digital media and technologies) by artists from more than 20 countries. A custom stage and full scale projection mapping of buildings in the town square entertained more than 10,000 people.
Fascinate 2014 was created and produced by Studio Biscoe with the support of Falmouth University, AMATA, Arts Council England, Falmouth Town Council and Cornwall County Council. Video: Joint Effort Studios.
Fascinate was conceived as a digital arts festival and conference for Cornwall and the southwest. In 2013 the 2 day conference and 1 day showcase attracted more than 400 people from 18 countries across Europe and the Americas. There were 22 conference presentations and keynotes, 7 different workshops, and some 50 installations and performances at the Fascinate Showcase.
The Fascinate Digital Arts Grants programme awarded 12 grants to local artists for digital installations and performances that were part of the Fascinate Showcase.
Fascinate was created and produced by Studio Biscoe with the support of Falmouth University, AMATA and Arts Council England. Video: Joint Effort Studios. Some photographs: Jono Whitehead.
The Halloween Masked Ball
The Halloween Masked Ball is the UK’s largest Halloween event and only all night festival in the winter months. Homed at the Flambards Amusement Park in Helston, Cornwall the event attracts more than 6,000 party goers. most of whom dress suitably for a night of fear and fantastic DJs across multiple stages.
For the 2015 event Studio Biscoe installed a 20x3m screen (temporarily covering an existing sign installation to make it suitable for projection) along with 3 custom built waterproof dome projectors. The screen showed clips from the ’80s Lost Boys film throughout the night; this being the theme for this year’s event.
In the Aztec arena our second installation used multiple projectors to map the underside of a large permanent canopy for a 9 hour VJ set supporting House and Garage artists such as MJ Cole, FK Panda and Eliphino. Visualisations included live DJ and audience feeds mashed in real time with video and animated clips.
Thanks also for support and additional VJ’ing from Emma Walsh and Emma Payne.