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SPARC 2015 announces further stellar speaker line up

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Tipped as Australia’s premier lighting event, the organisers of SPARC 2015 have just released information about additional speaker events in what is already a stellar line up of international and national talent.

Wednesday 27th May, 7.00pm, SPARC is presenting the Asia-Pacific Lighting Systems Workshop. This two hour event covering seven discussions, will bring the minds of many leading scientists in the Asia-Pacific region to present on Lighting Measurements, Standards and Regulations, Lighting Controls and Innovative Applications to reduce Energy Consumption.

Speakers such as Ian Cowling, Adrian Cupitt, Amir Moayedzadeh and Rod Hewins will discuss the question; ‘Can you believe your light-meter?’

Whilst Dorukalp Durmus and Wendy Davis will examine; ‘Colour Difference and Energy Consumption of Absorption-minimising Spectral Power Distributions’, just two out of the seven discussions proposed.

Thursday 28th May, 7.00pm, Based on the global sensation going viral, and back after popular demand at SPARC Design, SPARC International Lighting will host its first PechuKucha evening, a fast-flowing night of hand-picked lighting experts and architects presenting 20 slides in quick succession.

Each presenter will share their insights and designs on 20 slides over six minutes with each slide advancing after 20 seconds. Entry to this event is included in ‘Display ticket’.

Friday 29th May 1.00pm – 2.00pm
, Wrapping up the three-day event, a unique opportunity exists to listen and be involved at the Speaker Panel Session. The session will be hosted by inventor and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce who co-invented VRML – a 3D interface to the web, has written six books, was a judge on ABC’s The New Inventors for seven years and regularly comments on the intersection of technology and society for JJJ Hack, The Project and ABC Radio.

Mr Pesce will open the floor before turning the table to the featured SPARC speakers for an audience Q&A-style session.

SPARC speakers have been invited back on stage for this highly sought after Q&A session and will answer audience questions on all-topics lighting. It is the ideal opportunity for anyone who has questions for a speaker, or who missed any of the speakers throughout the event to hear from those specific speakers before SPARC concludes.

SPARC offers architects, designers and lighting specialists an opportunity to hear and learn the latest research, insights and product knowledge that the international lighting community has to offer.

Held at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, from 27-29 May 2015, SPARC promises to educate and inspire with its impressive line-up of internationally renowned lighting specialities.
For a full list of additional topics included in the workshop, please visit the SPARC site.

Tickets for SPARC 2015: exhibition, seminar or Gala dinner, are now on sale. Visit: www.sparcevent.com.au. For more information on SPARC 2015 contact organiser@sparcevent.org


ALIA Tour to The Eagles, Melbourne

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Renowned for their hit laden sell-out concerts, the Eagles are about to start their critically acclaimed ‘History of the Eagles’ World Tour in Australia.

Butch Allen, in collaboration with Patrick Woodroffe (Lighting Designer) and the band, designed the set and show.

Lighting Director is the infamous Dave Hill who has kindly agreed to conduct an ALIA tour of the show in Melbourne. The lighting rig consisting of VL3500 Washes, VL3000 Spots, Clay Paky Sharpy Washes, Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700 and Mac Auras – all controlled by a grandMA2.

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
When: Tuesday February 24th
Time: 1pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


LIGHTFAIR International 2015 Keynotes and Impact Speakers Announced

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015

The unique combination of innovation, science, and design covered by the keynote and impact speakers at LIGHTFAIR International 2015 creates an unparalleled educational and inspirational experience. The speakers are a part of the world’s largest annual lighting-related conference which features 140 top presenters during its five-day program May 3 – 7 in New York’s Javits Center (pre-conference Lightfair Institute: May 3 – 4; trade show and conference: May 5 – 7).

Shuji Nakamura, PhD is a 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and will present “The History of LED Technology to the Nobel Prize to Today’s GaN” during the Pre-Conference Institute Keynote Luncheon on May 3. This address will cover the history of LED technology from his early work which led to the Nobel Prize to today’s GaN which will lead to the next wave of solid state lighting. Dr. Nakamura is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara and co-founder of SORAA Inc.

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak as the Institute keynote on May 4 about his pioneering work in “Transformable Design” with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. His presentation will show how he realizes large-scale transformable structures, and takes his inventive concepts through the stages of engineering, manufacturing, and installation. Providing an overview of his methods to create objects that controllably change their size, shape, and surface, Hoberman will share his insights into the process of innovation itself. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. Hoberman is the president and founder of Hoberman Associates in New York. This keynote luncheon is sponsored by Cooper Lighting by Eaton, booth 1157.

As part of the new series “Legends of Lighting,” lighting designer Howard Brandston will be featured as an impact speaker at LFI and interviewed by Chip Israel, founder of Lighting Design Alliance, for an engaging conversation on Brandston’s work and past projects on May 5. Brandston is the founding partner of the Brandston Partnership, a lighting design consulting firm based in New York. He is a past president of the IES and has received over 100 design awards, including the IES Medal, the Institute Honors from the AIA for his contributions to architecture, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IALD, and the United States Institute of Theater Technology Distinguished Achievement in Lighting Award. Brandston has also been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer or visiting professor for over 50 years.

Mark Rea, PhD will outline that great strides have been made to reduce the cost of lighting for general illumination; however, little progress has been made to increase the benefits that lighting provides to society in “Monetizing the Benefits of Lighting” as the Impact Speaker on May 6. Dr. Rea has served as director since the Lighting Research Center was established in 1988. Trained as a biophysicist and neuroscientist, with a PhD in biophysics, he is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering and human factors, and was the editor-in-chief of the eighth and ninth editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook.

Keynote luncheon presentations are included for all attendees registered for courses during the two Institute days that make up the LFI Pre-Conference program and must be selected during the pre-registration process. The impact speaker presentations are open to all attendees and exhibitors and will be held in the LFI Spotlight Lounge on Level 1 of the LFI exhibit hall area.

More information on keynote and impact speaker presentations can be found at http://www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/index.cvn?id=10375.

For Lightfair International 2015, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, May 3 – Monday, May 4, 2015 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7, 2015.



ALIA Tour to Katy Perry, Brisbane

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, created and designed by Baz Halpin, has reached Australia. When it came to production, staging and costume design this is a show where more is most definitely more! It’s a candy-coloured visual extravaganza with a prism shaped stage, mechanical horse, neon clad dancers, fireworks ………

The lighting rig includes 2 x VL3015, 92 x VL3500 Wash FX, 20 x VL3515, 64 x Martin MAC Viper Air FX, 62 x Clay Paky Sharpy, 36 x Sharpy Wash, 39 x GLP X4, 26 x Solaris Strobes, 68 x Chroma-Q Colorblock DB-4, 15 x 20 watt RGB lasers, 9 x DF50s and 4 x F100s. Control is by a grandMA2.

Drew Gnagey is acting as lighting director and has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the rig in Brisbane.

Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
When: Monday Dec 1st
Time: 3pm

A full production report can be read in TPI Magazine http://www.tpimagazine.com/production-profiles/2445523/katy_perrys_prism_vision.html

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


Jands Vista V2 Training, Sydney

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Whether you are new to the exciting Jands Vista lighting and media control range, or an existing user, the latest Vista v2 software will enable you to get the most from whatever mix of technology you have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media.

Jands are running training in Sydney for the Vista v2 software on Thursday 6th November 2014. The training session will cover a large spectrum of the new Vista v2 software and is geared to all levels and types of users – including designers, programmers, operators – no matter what your background or knowledge level, specifically focusing on the Vista visual interface, the timeline and media server integration.

The training session is led by Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer and covers:
•    Patching
•    Fixture Chooser
•    Controlling Fixtures
•    Presets
•    Cuelist
•    Timeline
•    Media Server Integration
•    SmartFx

The course will be hands on, with every student having their own console surface to see their creations unfold. Attendees also receive a comprehensive training package which they can refer to after the training session is finished.

Thursday, 6th November

Jands, Building C Training Room
40 Kent Road Mascot 2020

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)

Spaces are limited, we recommend that you register now to ensure your place at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/jands-vista-v2-training-sydney-registration-11676656193


Australian Launch of Clay Paky’s SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Show Technology held the Australian launch of Clay Paky’s revolutionary SuperSharpy, Mythos and Stormy in Sydney and Melbourne in mid-October.

Special guests from Clay Paky were Alberico D’Amato, Head of International Sales, and Giulia Sabeva, Sales Support Engineer, whilst Glyn O’Donoghue also came from MA Lighting.

“It’s very humbling to see the who’s who of the entertainment lighting industry turn out to see our new products,” remarked Mark McInnes, National Sales & Marketing Manager for Show Technology. “We are grateful so many people came to the events especially during what is one of the busiest parts of the year. The support of our customers and our lighting colleagues means everything to us.

“Of course our suppliers are always there to help us. Many thanks to Alberico and Giulia from Clay Paky as well as Glyn from MA Lighting for coming such a long way to be part of these events.“

The Sydney event was held at Fox Studios whilst the Melbourne event was held at Dockland’s Alumbra venue. Of course, we could waffle on ourselves about how fabulous and ground-breaking these new fixtures are but you may say we are a little biased in our opinions! Consequently we are letting some of the attendees tell you, in no uncertain terms, their thoughts on the Mythos, SuperSharpy and Stormy.


Neale Mace, Managing Director, Entertainment Installations:
“Although we’d seen all these fixtures at Clay Paky earlier in the year, they were very impressive in an actual “show” environment. The Mythos is a great looking, feature packed unit that delivers great output. Amazing zoom that creates beautiful in-air effects. The units wash capability is also a great bonus.
As for the SuperSharpy, I can’t believe they’ve been able to make something punchier than the original Sharpy – the beam in its smallest diameter looks like a solid shaft.
I’ve been wanting to see the Stormy on a proper stage and I wasn’t disappointed. Brilliant white flash and great strobe colours as well. I also really like that it looks like a “normal” linear strobe with reflector.
All in all, a great range of new products from Clay Paky.”

Mark Hammer, Lighting Designer, Hammer Lighting
“Clay Paky seem to have raised the bar to another level with all three fixtures. They seem to be able to get that little bit extra that makes each fixture a mouth-watering addition to any lighting design. And it’s not just the effects that the fixtures bring to the table, but that fact that each are quality luminaires as well.”

Paul Collison, Lighting Designer
“Wow….I had seen a prototype of the Mythos a few months ago and struggled to understand what it actually was. Now having seen a full production version, I’m flabbergasted. One of the first truly multi-functional lights. It’s a beam and spot in one, and not just a half-baked version of either. It’s brighter than a Sharpy but with the beam definition of a top end profile. I think the Mythos is really going to redefine the roles a lighting fixture has with in a lighting design.
“I am really impressed at the industrial design of the Mythos and SuperSharpy. Finally a manufacturer who realises their lights get used in the elements and have designed for water runoff to avoid integral electronics. Whilst far from IP65, these two lights are going to perform well outdoors, and stand a chance of surviving the elements…….and the Stormy, probably the first real LED strobe that might replace an actual strobe without anyone realising its an LED source.”

Paul Walton, Production Manager, Fusion Entertainment
“The Mythos would have to be hands down the best and most versatile moving head on the market. With its ability to be used as a profile, wash or beam that is 2.5x brighter than the Sharpy, it will defiantly have a great return on investment being able to adapt to most types of shows. Clay Paky really are miles ahead of every other manufacturer with all of these new products.”


Marcus Pugh, Hire and Business Development Manager, Resolution X Pty Ltd
“Emmanuel and the Show Tech crew always put on a good social gathering. It was good to have LDs from the worlds of rock, theatre, TV, events and exhibition all in the same room and all suitably impressed with Clay Paky’s latest offerings.
“Giulia from Clay Paky did some amazing programming especially on the B-Eyes, I don’t think I’ve seen someone really ‘go to town’ on programming the B-Eyes. It really showed off what they’re capable of doing.
“Everyone came along to see the much anticipated SuperSharpy but the Mythos was the surprise hit of the night for me. I saw a couple of designers stroking their chins and considering what else the Stormys could be used for. The Stormy isn’t just another LED strobe, Clay Paky have managed to keep the look and charm of a traditional strobe while throwing in a few new functions thanks to the super punchy LEDS.”

Daniel Gosling

“I thought the evening was wonderful. Great to see some old friends from the industry and make some new ones …. and the lights weren’t bad either!
“I loved the new Mythos. A beautiful fusion between aerialist and beam light. What more could you want and I can see a lot of applications for it. But the white Stormy was the true winner in my opinion – bright, clean, low power – perfect! And at the end of the night turn them on and voila you have a work light.”

Peter Darby, Technical Coordinator for Victorian Opera
“The Clay Paky Stormy brings the humble strobe into the 21st century and it is extremely bright and punchy with full colour mix.
The Clay Paky Mythos is a brilliant all-rounder, I imagine that I will be seeing this in many rental houses in the future. If you are not sure what light to spec on a gig the Mythos has you covered all packaged up in a water resistant housing.
“As if the Sharpy wasn’t bright enough, with the SuperSharpy Clay Paky now has quadrupled its brightness and now added in features such as CMY colour mixing, CTO filters, an extra gobo wheel and lots more.”



ALIA Tour to The Rolling Stones, Perth

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Rolling Stones are returning to Australia with their ’14 On Fire’ tour, with a spectacular lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe. Ethan Weber is on the road as lighting director and has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig in Perth.

Please note that no cameras are allowed on this tour.

The rig includes 70 x VL3500 Wash, 46 x Martin MAC Viper Profile, 38 x Robe Pointe, 26 x MAC Aura, 32 x 4 liteDWE, 59 x iWhite Blast, 8 x RJ Lancelot followspots and grandMA2 for control.

Where: Perth Arena
When: Saturday Nov 1st
Time: 11am

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.