Luminous Hall is an architectural projection narrative of the form illuminart call Architectural Storytelling, as it combines the techniques of mapped projection with a significant, relevant narrative depicting the heritage of the building and local community. Moving beyond son et lumier, the form uses methods of community engagement to draw out personal stories as well as official histories.
Throughout Luminous Hall illuminart, directed by Cindi Drennan, animated a large number of historic photographs, many sourced directly from the UWA Archives, to reveal fascinating perspectives of not only the University, but of Western Australia itself. The 3D projection technique has been designed to wrap around the building so that the building decorations can be appreciated for their effect from a widely dispersed audience. There is no difference to be gained whether centre or to the sides – and from up close the audience can appreciate the high resolution imagery whereas from the elevated rear lawn audience may appreciate the building as a whole.
Audio compositions bring the narrative and historic material to life, featuring music composed by graduates of the University of Western Australia, compositions and audio arrangements by Samantha Ray and Trilby Temperley, and wonderful voice re-enactments by the Well Versed group. Western Australian artists and animators were involved alongside the illuminart team, to bring skills and experience to the Perth community.