Epson Projectors | Infinity Room at KANEKO by Refik Anadol


[MUSIC PLAYING] Kaneko is a center
for creativity and creative exploration. We’ve got over 60,000
square feet of gallery space here at Kaneko. And we’ve been working
on the light exhibition for well over a year,
almost two years here now. When people come into
the Infinity Room, they’re going to be astounded. And they’re going to be
moved by the experience. I started my journey
almost eight years ago. I was very fortunate to discover
video mapping as a storytelling tool. And I was one of the
first-generation artists who was using projection as a
material, not just a canvas. So that was my
very first project. And during that time,
I met with Epson too and tried to combine media
arts and architecture together to create a new
meaning for a public space. Our partnership with
Refik goes back years, starting with an
exhibition at InfoComm. That was a joint project
between Epson and Refik. And it’s grown. And it’s expanded to include
South by Southwest, both here in the United States and in
Germany, and to Kaneko in Omaha where the Infinity
Room is featured. The Infinity Room project was
independent studies at UCLA. And the challenge
for students was to find an idea
that can be doable, has a deep connection with
the concept and technology. So we use engineering
skills, production skills, and we make the room
12 by 12 feet cube. And you have a door
that you open it, that you can go inside. We have four-channel, 12,000
lumens laser projection, all connected in one massive
GPU that runs real-time. So it’s a very complex visuals. And it all come together
as a piece of experience. So we have to execute it. So that’s why Epson help on that
project completely nailed down. The big projectors that
power the Infinity Room are a little bit unlike
what we’ve had here before because they’re just
so intense and so powerful. And so we knew when
we got a hold of Refik to try to begin our initial
discussions of how we could do this, we were just
very, very fortunate that Epson responded
to our call for help and offered to sponsor
this wonderful exhibition by allowing their projectors to
be utilized for this Infinity Room. Laser projection enables
innovative visual artists, such as Refik, to do new things. Laser projection
tends to be quieter. You can mount our
laser projectors in any number of orientations. And they’re much, much
brighter for how big they are than they’ve ever been before. Nothing really
matches the first time that you step into that Infinity
Room and the total immersion takes hold. It really is an
out-of-body experience. It’s exactly what we’re
after here at Kaneko. And it can only be
achieved through this incredible illusion
of artistic expression that Refik Anadol and Epson
were able to create together. Art and technology is,
eventually, very naturally blending without
forcing anything. Like Epson collaboration,
I think the idea of helping the
visionary minds to make that happen is a
beautiful collaboration without branded concerns. It’s truly helping
art to be accessible. The future of Epson’s
projection technology is very, very exciting. We’re continuing to develop
brighter and brighter solutions in smaller and smaller chassis. So he and his team
are often challenging us to push the envelope of
what’s possible in projection because they’re pushing the
envelope by taking on larger and larger scale projects. And we’re really
excited to see what visual artists such
as Refik will continue to do with these projectors. It won’t be possible without
the support of these technology companies and minds
who are behind them, visionary people meeting
with other visionary people to change the
world much quickly. This medium has
a huge potential. That’s where the magic
is happening right now. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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