"The Edge of Government" Exhibition, Dubai

Client: Office of the Prime Minister – Government of Dubai
Commissioned by: DesignLab Experience
Date: 10th to 12th February 2019
Location: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
   
Services:Lighting, Audio, Video, Rigging
Project Manager: Christian Eberlein
Branch:Dubai
Special features:
  • video floor projection
  • video ceiling projection
  • support for 3D mesh and UV mapping systems
  • multi-directional projection system
  • interactive lighting system
  • multi-channel video signal distribution

"The Edge of Government" was a temporary exhibition held during the annual World Government Summit in Dubai, which was attended by about 4,000 participants. The summit attracted leaders and experts from over 150 countries around the world. Once again discussions focused on innovative services for citizens and corresponding future technologies.

Upon entering the exhibition, visitors were challenged to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how the most pressing global challenges of our time can be solved. Innovations from over 500 submissions were presented that both informed and offered interactive experiences to stimulate different ways of thinking. One main aim of the event was to give visitors the opportunity to come into contact with inventive minds.

The exhibition's setting looked like an outer space scenery, with creative sound and lighting elements helping to create a special atmosphere. Abstract lighting elements in various colours were projected onto the floor and ceiling. These particles were connected to motion detectors and programmed in such a way as to move away as soon as someone stepped on them. Furthermore, interactive, virtual rooms where created in the exhibition where visitors could try out various innovations.

DesignLab Experience tasked us with the technical planning and implementation of this state-of-the-art project, and we were also responsible for the audio, video, lighting and rigging systems. For the sound, we opted for a Dante audio network and installed the loudspeakers at precisely selected points to enable us to realise a volume suitable to the surroundings while achieving acoustically balanced coverage in all parts of the venue. We equipped all areas of the exhibition with video displays and projectors controlled by a Watchout media server system.

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