Imagine letters printed in rain falling from the ceiling to the stage floor, where each drop is a pixel which forms a word only visible for a few seconds. That's what the 'digital theatrical rain printer' did in its premier in OPEK, Leuven. Performing arts and technology meet each other in this cooperation between Nieuwstedelijk and KU Leuven's e-Media Research Lab. By building a machine which combines the characteristics of a regular rain machine and a printer, the machine literally makes it rain words.
"This clear cross over between creativity and technology is an ambitious project with a clear return for both partners. It also shows that high-tech and creativity can create beautiful projects", the judges mentioned last year when they announced the rain printer as one of the winners of the Cross Over Contest by Leuven MindGate.
Stijn Devillé from Nieuwstedelijk was grateful for the prize. "Without the Leuven MindGate network, I would have never even begun with this type of cross over. I'm very happy to have met such an enthusiastic partner as Luc Geurts from KU Leuven. The project also shows that technology is much more than just mathematics and funtionality; it is also capable to move and affect people emotionally."
written and directed
Stijn Devillé & Tom Van Bauwel & Sara Vertongen
Marion De Schepper
Gerrit Valckenaers & Geert Waegeman
Mark Van Denesse light design
development rain printer
Arne Broeders & Wouter Driessens, prof. Luc Geurts
Viktor Thys, Thomas Verachtert, Peter Lauwers, Tom Buys, Bregt Janssen
Ellen Haesevoets, Greet Van Poeck, Thomas Verachtert & Miek Scheers (internship)
Stefan De Reese & Tom Buys
kunstenvliegmerk stage design
Benoit Aigret, Andreas Ketels
Berne Dries, Vic Van den Bossche, Willem Rys, Joffrey Guillaume, Brian Doms, Anton Spiessens, Tibo Spiessens, Jari Abeloos, Nils Janssens, Jelle De Hertog, Thijs Deroost, Glenn Loddewykx, Danny Depoorter
a production of
in collaboration with
e-Media Research Lab KU Leuven
with the support of
Leuven MindGate Crossover Contest and the Flemish Government and the support of het Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren.
with the support of
the Tax Shelter incentive of the Belgian Government and Gallop Tax Shelter