Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Installations

The second Psyraldynamic Masquerade at the Energieleitzentrale in Bremen was again packed with a lot of different famous acts and artists like Atma and Spirit Architect. And again we had the chance to take care of the ambience in the chill floor. This was a chance for us to advance our architectural alteration series and change the black concrete walls of the location again into something more mystical. This time we had the advantage that we already knew the venue so we have been able to gather detailed ideas in advance and to pin down the use of material and its overall arrangement. A focus point of all our installations is the lighting. Lighting itself is a difficult thing to handle. You might face the problem that the LED light itself is to bright for certain spots especially when you want to light the front at the dj desk where people are used to be directed to. In this case we encourage to hide direct LED light and rather use a passive reflection of the emitting light. This will prevent to be glared and avoids displeasing light. So in the case of the Psyraldynamic Masquerade we had to come up with an idea that on the one hand alters the DJ desk and the ugly pillars in the middle of the room and on the other hand reduces the emitted light of the LEDs.

We came up with the idea to put our LED light strips into modular boxes and mount them beside the Dj desk and around the pillars in the room. To let the boxes look mystical we cut off the top of the boxes and glued polygons on it letting only a few slits to let light trough. With the boxes and the light strips we have been quite flexible within the arrangement so that we have been able to control the brightness of the room even more which has been a great benefit to balance out the overall ambience. This is very important. People are tending to search refuge from the loud and fast music and the trouble on the main floor to get a little break and regain strength within the chill out area. Where the main floor could be a little darker and might also be equipped with black light, the chill out area should be a place where people can socialize with each other, see each other in a good light setting, talk to each other with music that does allow it and in the best case be creative together in a way that they scribble notes, braid each other's hair, paint their bodies, give a massage and whatever comes into minds.

  • Chill Out Stage Installation I, Psyraldynamik @ ELZ - Part 2
  • Chill Out Stage Installation II, Psyraldynamik @ ELZ - Part 2

Our decoration at the second Psyraldynamik in the Energieleitzentrale has been quite improvised in the realization and we constructed the boxes directly at the venue itself which took longer than we initially expected. The work with hot glue and paper boxes granted a certain flexibility. But be aware that every time you work with easy inflammable material like paper boxes you have to take care that it won't burn. Therefore inform yourself about fire safety and in case use anti burn impregnation spray otherwise you might not be allowed to even open the floor. In addition take a closer look to the constitution of the room. Hot glue allows to easily attach decoration elements to the walls which in our case have been paper polygons. This has not been a problem since we worked with hard concrete walls. Walls that are plastered on the other hand might suffer during the dismounting.