Music Composition and Sound Design by Christopher Komisarek
Brilliant Being was an experimental project. It was created using a non-traditional collaborative process between a playwright, choreographer, composer, and myself as scenographer. The visual design consisted primarily of projections mapped onto an all-white set.
The media was driven by a variety of technologies. The core software used was Dataton Watchout. Watchout provided the capacity to control a multitude of projectors smoothly, as well as allowing control of a huge amount of media, as well as the audio for the show. We also integrated other, special software, that interacted with the performance, which was what this project really was about from a design standpoint.
The initial concept for this design is rooted in the Teatro Olimpico in Northern Italy. We created a single, neutral facade on stage that surrounds all of the action in the show. The 1585 version is elaborately decorated with sculpture and paint. Ours was much more smooth and stark, and was painted digitally with light.
Below, you see two digital models of the set. Initially, there were two balconies included, which echoed the existing box-seat lighting positions in the space.
A total of six projectors were installed in the space, allowing us to map different portions of the set independently from others.