Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Celebrating accomplishments: 18 months as Epson Projection Ambassadors

Illuminart were very proud to be invited to join the Epson Projection Ambassador program in mid 2018.

The Epson Projector Ambassador Program celebrates the visionaries who have elevated projection into an art form with Epson’s industry-leading projectors. It is this culmination of cutting-edge technology and creative mastery that has awed, dazzled and inspired audiences worldwide.

The opportunity to connect with the designers of the tools we were already using, and to extend our exploration into the Epson range, has provided a fantastic platform for new expression and creativity for our team.

As we head into 2020 we are excited to announce that we are building on our relationship to develop new projects and training opportunities in projection mapping, using the Epson Australia range.

Projection mapping opens up incredible creative opportunities for artists, but requires a deep technical understanding to get to an advanced level. We are planning to hold a projection mapping series of events for training in coming months which will open up opportunities to use the Epson projector range and the Lightform Creator, and projection mapping tools. Stay tuned for that news (and those of you on our mailing list for training, will hear first!)

In the meantime, let’s back on 18 illumi-months with happy hindsight into the ventures that Epson Australian and illuminart have accomplished together. These include:


Yabarra – Gathering of Light

The groundbreaking Yabarra – Gathering of Light was the signature project of Adelaide Fringe, co-directed by Karl Telfer (Yellaka) and Cindi Drennan, and brought to life by Epson Australia and Novatech.  The event brought South Australians to share ancient stories and cultural knowledge of the KarraWirra Parri (Torrens River), gaining insight into the perspectives of First Nation people and the history and ecology of the region.

Epson, illuminart and the producers and partners Adelaide Fringe, Novatech and sponsors were delighted that the project won two national awards at the Australian Event Awards in October 2019.

Below are a few images from the production, to find out more, see this post.


Travelling Light Tour

Another highlight of the last 18 months has been illuminart’s Travelling Light tour, which took the team on a giant road trip around South Australia projecting onto 17 different structures from 11 Silos, a lighthouse and a ship and several town halls. This project was the culmination of a five year project which has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, regional partners and the regional arts fund.

The Epson high powered projectors wowed thousands of people in regional centres where most people had never seen high powered projection and were thrilled by the bright shows, unique stories and interesting artwork by their local artists.

The tour was massive, and well attended – with the communities rugging up, bringing out deck chairs, doonas and thermos to make the most of the winter spectacle.

Travelling Light was featured in a Projection Mapping special edition of CX magazine, written by Cat Strom.  You can see the article here.



Photo by Jennings Media. Image projected on the silo provided by Scenic Rim Photography.


Silo Projection Art, Regional Permanent Projection Systems

Installation of permanent projection systems for outback and regional cultural tourism and creative communities, combining our unique projection system with the Epson projectors ideally suited to the context – working perfectly in the arid, hot environments.

Our first permanent installation was built in the town of Karoonda South Australia.   Since then, Quorn, Barmera, Port Pirie, Wallaroo, Victor Harbor and Quirindi have followed suit to work with us in developing their own attractions.

Thanks to Epson, we have been able to help regional communities have their very own permanent silo projections.  You can find out more about how the robustness, flexibiliity and reliability of Epson’s technology has exceeded our expectations and contributed to the success of our experimental projects here.


In Perilous Seas

We developed a powerful son et lumier for the community of Onkaparinga region and presented it in a projection onto the Aldinga Church, in a commemorative vigil of the wreck of the Star of Greece.

The project took several months to create and is now part of the Onkaparinga digital art archive.

Partnership by Epson and the City of Onkaparinga, National Trust (Willunga Branch) and the support of marine biologists and local divers, were essential to this project development.


Integrate 2018

Epson Australia invited us to devise a projection mapping installation for their lightscene projectors and we came up with a couple of playful options.


Rouse Hill Christmas Projections

The inflatable AirLume was enveloped in projection thanks to the support of Epson, helping us light up the Rouse Hill Town Centre for the 12 Nights of Christmas 2018.



We are excitedly looking forward to new projects and collaborations supported by Epson Australia in the coming year ahead.

Thanks Epson, for involving us in the Epson Projection Ambassador Program.