Ruled by Xavi Bovés, Playground is a company working with object manipulation, creating non-textual theatre plays with a very dense, emotional landscapes based on objectual aesthetic resources. Playground explores inner worlds and human psychology through objects and movement, creating intimate poetic experiences.
Playground theatre company asked us to collaborate in their new work, “Monstres”, creating different devices and contents:
1. Video Contents for the manipulation tables
Some projection mapped animated illustrations for the tables which Xavi uses as a surface for most of the object manipulation action during the play.
We’ve been inspired by ancient manuscripts and scientific illustration, trying to be coherent with the poetical, ancient look of Playground’s scenography.
2. LED strip illumination system
In order to be able to play with shadows projected by objects and the actor himself, we created a LED strip cross which is controlled through video signals. We used a PixelPusher for controlling digital led strips, so we are able to send video contents to the device.
3. Motorized button dispenser
One of the surprises on the show, a rain of buttons. A wooden box is opened and closed by means of a servo winch controlled by an arduino based DMX electronics. We designed and built the circuit to make this possible, and Pep Aymerich was responsible for the construction of the box and the mechanical engine.
4. Videoprojector mechanical obturator
A simple device to block light of the projectors when there is no video during the play. Simple and effective.