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Panasonic projects powerful images at the 20th Biennale of Sydney



Major partner Panasonic empowers three thought-provoking video artworks at contemporary visual arts festival through superior image detail and quality

Sydney, 30th May 2016 – As a major partner of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Panasonic has provided industry-leading AV technology to three internationally acclaimed artists to bring mesmerising image detail and quality to their striking artworks.
 
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival. Taking place at multiple Sydney locations from 18th March to the 5th of June 2016, this year’s festival is showcasing the work of 83 artists from around the world under the theme ‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’. Panasonic’s latest projectors, lenses and video walls have been chosen for the works of acclaimed artists Korakrit Arunanondchai, Charles Lim and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
 
“Panasonic is thrilled to once again be a major partner of the Biennale of Sydney,” said Peter Huljich, Group Manager, Projectors and Flat Panel Displays, Panasonic Business Systems. “The impact that Lim, Arunanondchai and Weerasethakul’s artworks create are a testament to the artists’ creativity and talents, while the Panasonic technology used in these works brings stunning image quality to optimise the artist’s vision and audience experience. The Biennale of Sydney is a unique opportunity that enables Panasonic to showcase the true scope and strength of our AV technology to more than 600,000 art lovers.”
 
Captivating scale, clarity and brightness on Cockatoo Island
The Panasonic PT-DZ16K 3-chip DLP projector provides captivating scale, clarity and brightness to the artwork Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3’, by internationally renowned Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai. Located in the atmospheric Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island, the artwork features an enormous projection onto a 16:9 screen over six metres wide, in an ambient lit room and utilises the PT-DZ16K’s powerful 16,000 lm brightness and installation versatility to inspire audiences. The PT-DZ16K’s advanced 10,000:1 contrast ratio provides the projections with magnificent image clarity and precise detail. The projector also features advanced laser lamp technology to provide many hours of maintenance-free use, ideal for venues such as galleries or museums where an installation may be on display for months at a time.
 
“Panasonic is fantastic in providing us with bigger and better projectors for large scale works that both artists and the artistic director are happy with,” said Biennale of Sydney AV Coordinator Gotaro Uematsu. “The PT-DZ16K’s incredible brightness and clarity was perfect for Korakrit Arunanondchai’s artwork.”
 
Biennale Artistic Director, Dr Stephanie Rosenthal said: “Arunanondchai is a rising star, working with performance, music, and painting.  He discusses how spirituality and technology go together and the question of how that impacts on our vision of reality.”
 
Projecting art to life at Carriageworks
Panasonic’s premium AV range is also being used in two projects at Carriageworks: Charles Lim’s Silent Clap of the Status Quo and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Home Movie.
 
Lim’s film exploring the depths of the ocean is presented through the Panasonic TH-55LFV70 video wall. With a super narrow bezel design for joints of only 3.5 mm, the TH-55LFV70 enables multiple panels to be connected together to create seamless and impactful large displays. Singaporean artist, professional sailor and former Olympian Charles Lim has said he prefers using screens for his artistic exploration, and the TH-55LFV70’s stunning image quality truly brings his work to life.
 
Distinctive international visual artist and cinematographer Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video artwork is a floating ball of flame in a dark space, projected onto a transparent glass pane by the Panasonic PT-RZ670 1-chip DLP projector. Ready for a range of artistic installations, the PT-RZ670 is designed to be rotated 360 degrees so that artists can project from any angle to create their work. It can also be used with multiple projectors and has complex geometric adjustment capabilities for projecting onto non-flat surfaces.
 
Artworks using Panasonic projectors, lenses and video walls can be found at Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks. A video showcasing Panasonic’s participation at the 20th Biennale of Sydney can be viewed here. http://bit.ly/Panasonic-20th-Biennale-of-Sydney
 
About the 20th Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival. Held every two years across multiple venues in Sydney, the Biennale is a three-month exhibition, with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days. Under the artistic direction of Dr Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale of Sydney explores the theme ‘The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’. biennaleofsydney.com.au
 
 
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