When a company like the OMV hosts employee events, thousands of people gather to be informed, wowed and entertained. Vienna based event agency Erlebnismarketing approached us to create real time generated animations for two events in 2011 constructed from photographs of all attendees. Their pictures were taken on site just minutes before they had to be displayed.
245 meter projections
Despite the challenge to create a workflow to feed the vvvv patch with thousands of photographs within less than half an hour, also the technical set-up was something we had not yet encountered up to that event. The developed know-how and software patch was then used in two events; first the Farewell Ceremony for Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer (former CEO of OMV), then for the OMV Vienna Summit 2011.
Farewell Ceremony for Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer
The first event in March 2011 was equipped with a 84 meter-wide screen using 8 projectors to display roughly 15360 by 1080 pixels. We used a vvvv-boygroup set-up of 2 rendering PCs and 1 control PC to generate a fluid realtime animation of our particle and picture universe. Additionally guests were able to sign a analog/digital guestbook to leave messages for Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer. Their messages were shown live on the screens while they got written on paper.
Vienna Summit 2011
The second event in June 2011 took everything to a higher level. 42 HD projectors were used as tandems (two projectors for every segment of the screen) to fill a 245 meter wide screen. The vvvv-boygroup set-up had to be expanded adequately. Therefore we used six PCs to play back the real time generated photo mosaic and one PC as a control server. With a total width of over 40.000 pixels this definitely set a record in Austria.