Fairy tale tourism: the architectural projection mapping of magically real and irreal festival lightscapes

Lovell, J. and Griffin, H. (2018) Fairy tale tourism: the architectural projection mapping of magically real and irreal festival lightscapes. In: Authenticity in the Age of Post-Truth, 19th June 2018, Canterbury Christ Church University. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores how established light festivals such as the Fête des Lumières in Lyon and Lumiere in Durham were first conceived by Robert-Houdin as illusory illuminations in the Loire in the 1950’s. The research investigates Debord’s (1967, 2014), concept of spectacles as inversions of reality; re-situating light works within authenticity theory by exploring their manipulation of magical reality and irreality.

The research uses the authors’ experience of event design to assess different interactions of light with the tri-dimensional architectural canvas, suggesting three classifications of animated projection mapping events: architecturally passive, architecturally physically active and architecturally metaphysically active. Each category has implications for how spectators perceive these installations. Architecturally passive events may use fairy tale content, evoking atavistic and affective responses, the “skinning” of buildings with magical reality is designed to evoke perceptual duality, and the wobbling unfolding of irreality may ultimately create a state of “illuminated flow.”

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G0155 Tourism
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Jane Lovell
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 10:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 10:57
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17713

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