Epson projectors score a hole-in-one with Magical Putt Putt

A spiritual and interactive mini-golf experience, accompanied by a series of performative activations

Cement Fondu is an evolving art space located in Paddington, Sydney. They present a diverse program of visual arts exhibitions throughout the year featuring performance, dance and music by Australian and international artists. Recently, they hosted Magical Putt Putt, where selected artists from Studio A’s neurodiverse community produced new large-scale works and transformed Cement Fondu into a spiritual and interactive mini-golf experience, complete with a series of performative activations, all using Epson projectors.

Jackie De Lacy, curator and media assistant at Cement Fondu, explained: “For Magical Putt Putt, Studio A artists, inspired by Galstaun’s passion for angels and putt putt, enhanced social connection through experiments participatory sessions on the theme of the connecting forces of reverence, ritual and play. . To make this magic happen, Cement Fondu contacted Epson as we needed the best projectors available in a loop synchronized with a variation of long and short throw lenses, as they are an industry standard for immersive video results. . Epson not only supplied six of their highest quality projectors, but also short throw lenses, which were chosen after consultation with them on our technical needs and objectives.

The main technical requirement for the space was a five-channel video installation called Courthouse Cats by Studio A artist Thom Roberts. Roberts’ video required a very specific five-wall projection mapping around a room in the exhibition space, to create a seamless, continuous video loop that spanned all the gallery walls.

De Lacy continued: “A specific requirement of this was to have Epson projectors installed high enough that visitors could enter the room without their bodies interrupting the projections too much. This involved a combination of keystone distortion of the projected image, mounting the projectors in inconspicuous locations, and using a combination of different lenses to minimize disturbance. The diversity of applications offered by Epson’s range of projectors made it a real success for our installation.

In total, the Magical Putt Putt installation integrated and used Epson EB-G7500UNL, EB-G7905UNL, EB-G1060UNL, EB-G1070UNL and EB-L1405UNL projectors as well as Epson’s ELPLU04 short throw lenses.

De Lacy explained: “These projectors offered high resolution, ease of use and installation flexibility. We mainly used short throw lenses to adapt to the specific space we were working with, which allowed for incredibly complex multi-channel results.”

Each projector played a separate video file that looped through an Ethernet connection to Lūpa media players. Each projector was also muted, except for one whose audio played through a discreet ceiling-mounted speaker in the center of the immersive installation. All projectors were mounted above the gallery walls or on mounted brackets.

Great work was also done to ensure each projector was in the correct position, and some walls required different ratio videos to line up seamlessly against each other based on the different wall sizes in the game. ‘space. This was planned in advance so that upon installation only fine tuning and lens changing was required. On a day-to-day basis, throughout the exhibition, gallery supervisors were able to turn on the projectors to work instantly, with no further setup required.

De Lacy was clearly impressed with the power, clarity and flexibility of the Epson projectors and lenses, commenting: “Epson projectors are really bright and brilliant, so even in a lit gallery the images they project are clear and crisp. Compared to other projectors, they are easy to use and their sleek contemporary design makes them light to lift and place during installation.

As the installation of Magical Putt Putt progressed with increasingly positive feedback from visitors, Jackie De Lacy and the team at Cement Fondu had another point they felt needed to be highlighted. She concluded, “Magical Putt Putt’s seamless and immersive multi-channel video installations would not have been so successful without Epson’s high-resolution projectors and short-throw lenses that allowed the work to be bright, vibrant and neat, with very little space for disturbances. Epson’s support and the technical advantage they gave Cement Fondu was invaluable. We were also very grateful for their initial advice and advice on which projectors to use, as it helped inform, shape and design the way our exhibition unfolded.

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Cement Fondu Magical Putt Putt installation using Epson projectors