The Beacons – Painting a VR space with light and kinetic motion

Created by TEM in collaboration with Vincent de Belleval, the team were asked to create something unique and ambitious for Marcus Wainwright’s first show since the departure of David Neville. The team developed a method to create a virtual environment around a catwalk, to tell a story based around Thom Yorke’s ‘Coloured Candy’ using a dynamic content system piped through a room sized inverted zoetrope, created from 2.5m tall, 0.5 tonne, 60rpm motorised beacons, X3.

As the track begins the beacons awaken with a familiar voice, reminiscent of OK Computer-era ‘fitter happier’ text-to-speech reading from The Universal Sigh, the newspaper that accompanied Radiohead’s 2011 album The King Of Limbs.

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