Monday, October 26, 2009

MGMT light troupe

so, it's been a bit of a wild stretch since things with the fort wound down (including an episode with the park rangers discovering the fort...more on that at another moment). one surprise project contributing to the wildness of recent was a last minute invitation from my friends ben and andrew of the band MGMT to help build a set and coordinate some visual elements for their performance headlining the first night of the Treasure Island Music Festival last weekend. i quickly got my dear friend jeff manson on the horn. jeff is a stellar individual and a conjurer of light, and it is with great pleasure that we have gotten to combine brain waves on some past projects.
here's a photo of him and crew in projection action at the barn show
Terri took these photos of his kaleidoscopic vision contribution to the headlands outing last may.
we promptly began conceiving of a light troupe, with pyramids, and pyramid projections, and jumbo-tron projections, and body suits, and reflection wands, and mylar wings...things got appropriately far out (jeff helped orient some inspiration around the above image of the dead playing in egypt...

friends jumped on board (with pyramid construction help from eli reitz, and movement and adornment inspiration sarina eastman and other beautiful buddies), an intense coordination correspondence was entered with tour managers, festival organizers, lighting designers (we had our first conference call), and a light troupe was born. here's some photos that hannah took that day, from a 6 hour morning of finishing and tweaking the pyramids to the needs of the stage (including a last minute realization that these things needed to be about 5 feet taller just to find a presence amongst the bigness of it all), to the team getting ready, to showtime. what a trip.

and since these dudes are huge...we have the benefit of endless youtube footage, here's a bit:

1 comment:

Michelle said...

thats amazing! well done