This complex work was developed from an idea originally conceptualised by the PQ19 event curators Marketa Fantova and Jan Rolnik.Their vision was an ambitious project to unite a series of innovative and prominent performance designers working in six separate but related disciplines – lighting, video / projection, experimental sound, tactile elements, VR and systems integration – under the direction and guidance of French visual artist, Romain Tardy.
Leading the Lighting Workgroup were Pavla Beranova and Fereshteh Rostampour who worked with and mentored a group of 15 students from the US, Chile, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Taiwan and Belgium, who had responded to an open call to assist in the creative and technical processes involved in lighting the work.Robe made available 40 of its T1 Profile moving lights, 20 of the new T1 Washes plus 40 MegaPointe multipurpose fixtures and 20 CycBar15 LED battens which were utilised as the main lighting fixtures of the piece, rigged to a variety of temporary trussing and scaffolding structures erected all around the Small Sports Hall interior.
Four Spikies were used for assisting the VR part of the Blue Hour experience.The title “Blue Hour” was a juxtaposition of that special and unique moment of morning and evening twilight when the sun is just below the horizon, and the sky is coloured an intense, penetrating and beautifully ephemeral blue.
The Blue Hour cycle ran for 24 minutes.None of the Blue Hour artists or collaborators had previously worked together, and the overall work demonstrated how all these different media and visual experiences and a cacophony of ideas can work together to create an environment that evoked a series of different and direct emotional responses from the viewer.
It was the PQ19’s main creative centrepiece and was enjoyed by a diverse audience.