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Lift Off

East Durham College Students, Guildhall Live Events/Dan Shorten (UK)

Location: Dunelm House, Durham University

A new collaboration reimagining the concrete tiers of Dunelm House

One of Durham’s last remaining Brutalist buildings is temporarily transformed into a flowing canvas of dazzling graphics. This project is a legacy artwork from the Apollo 50 event earlier in the year at Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion, produced by Artichoke and commissioned as part of Durham’s Year of Culture. Lift Off is an original artwork created by local students at East Durham College using cutting-edge video-mapping techniques. These artistic skills were taught in a series of masterclasses by expert creatives at Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s ‘Video Design for Performance’ BA course. The project gave the students the opportunity to explore their creativity on a high profile platform and gain tangible skills in the growing field of digital art and video production.

About Guildhall Live Events

Part of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Live Events is a leading video design and production company specialising in creating immersive and interactive digital experiences, from the intimate to the spectacular. They have created works for Glastonbury Festival and Tower Bridge.

About Dan Shorten

Dan Shorten is Guildhall Live Events Creative Director. Dan has 17 years professional experience of designing and producing large scale outdoor artwork. He works predominantly in light and sound and regularly collaborates with specialists in the fields of architecture, sculpture and scenography. He has worked on various video mapping projects including installations at the Barbican and Lux Helsinki.

About East Durham College

East Durham College is a top performing college in the North East of England offering further education vocational courses, A Levels and part time courses.

Accessibility information

From Bow Lane: steep incline cobbled street to 18 steps down to Kingsgate Bridge. Handrails both sides, no nose edgings or tactile paving.  Kingsgate Bridge slightly uneven paved surface with integrated low-level lighting. Level paved footpath.

Step free access from Elvet via an incline. Paved path or wide steps to Dunhelm House.

Artwork description: Moving projection on a building.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

We identified ‘re-birth’ as our main theme to focus on as this encapsulated various techniques used in architectural projection. It also has strong connotations for the projection site, as it will soon be demolished and replaced. I was extremely impressed by the imagination and insight that the East Durham College students demonstrated.

Dan Shorten

In partnership with: East Durham College

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