The Projection Studio brings Glasgow’s War to life
Glasgow City Council recently commissioned The Projection Studio – led by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid – to create a giant mapped video projection show, “Glasgow’s War”, on the front of the City Chambers building to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
The 27-minute work detailed the historical contributions made by Glasgow and its communities, and the resulting social impact of World War One.
“It was an incredible honour to be trusted with relating such a fundamentally significant piece of history and of telling the story of ‘Glasgow’s War’ with honesty and integrity,” said Ashton.
Ashton and Monid spent two months researching the project, utilising the archives at The Imperial War Museum, The Mitchell Museum in Glasgow, Strathclyde University, Glasgow University, and The Royal Highland Fusiliers and the South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture Archive.
The projection system mapped the 75-metre wide by 40-metre tall building, which was covered with images using 24 Christie 20K machines supplied by locally-based rental company QED, all located on special towers. QED also supplied a d&b line array system for the audio.
The video control system was a d3 media server programmed by Dan Gray.
Joining Ashton’s creative team on the visual side of the project were Art Director Theirry Noyer and motion graphics specialist Sang Gun Kim. They all worked alongside Derek Dunsire, Glasgow City Council’s Principal of City Centre Regeneration and Ownership Information
“We are all extremely proud of being involved in this work,” said Monid. It’s been very consuming and an incredibly emotional experience.
“Some exceptional teamwork contributed to the end result which is a heartfelt but non-sentimental tribute to all who died, their often overlooked legacies and a gritty, genuine historical snapshot of Glasgow in the context of the First World War.”