TED 2011 – Long Beach. Video System and Content Design

TED is an unbelievable event.  The very best of the world’s minds in art, science, philosophy, politics, and business gather to share ideas.  Talks and presentations range from poetry to music to amazing medical advances…  This year I was asked to design video for the main event, as well as to provide video design for several additional ‘social space’ areas.  On the main stage we deployed a 75′ wide, 35′ high rear projection backdrop.  Utilizing six Barco FLM22 units and a rack packed with Hippotizer HD units we pulled off an immense multi-axis blend on the rear projection sheet with a scant 16′ of throw.  Every other vendor said it was impossible.  Where’s the optimism ?  With a team that included Danny O’Bryan, Randy Mayer, Marty Kel, Keith Black, and Bo Crowell of DannyO Video, as well as Colleen Bonniol & Stuart Kenney of MODE Studios, we not only pulled it off, we blew everybody’s minds.  Added to the formula in the main hall were multiple Barco DML1200 units on variously placed speaker presentation screens.  Outside, we were pleased to provide Google with a fabulous 6mm Barco LED wall for their super cool geodesic domes on the plaza, as well as a Winnvision 8.75mm LED wall on the Seaside Way Social Space.  Controlled the whole monster via GrandMA2 console…  With the gear in place, we joined a phenomenal team of TED content wranglers, feeding all surfaces with spectacular imagery from world renowned phtographers like Paul Nicklen, Yves Arthus Bertrand, Frans Lanting, data artist Aaron Koblin, Architect Mitchell Joachim, renowned street artist JR, as well as some of my own (humbling to have my imagery among theirs…).  We managed live uplinks to Tahrir Square, the International Space Station, we saw a human kidney ‘printed’ onstage with a 3D Stem Cell Printer, and witnessed inspiring performances from Jason Mraz, and Performance Poet Sarah Kay.  And that just scratches the surface.  For the real goods, check out www.ted.com

Here’s a little visual sampler: