EXHIBITIONISM is the first international exhibition focusing on The Rolling Stones. Situated over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, it combines original artefacts, from backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies to provide an immersive insight into the band’s fascinating fifty year history. With its strong reputation in providing technical solutions, White Light was approached to oversee the entire lighting installation for this ground-breaking exhibition.
EXHIBITIONISM is produced by IEC, who first contacted WL back in September 2015. Simon Needle, WL’s Special Projects Director, comments: “This was an extremely ambitious project; evident from the initial conversations we had with IEC. We were asked to provide the lighting for the whole project. This meant lighting the entire exhibition footprint of 1700m2 and over 500 artefacts, along with providing all of the fixtures, crew, power, labour and logistics.
The lighting designers were Woodroffe Bassett and it was a case of WL working with them and IEC to create something that was not only visually impressive but also practical. Simon adds: “With a project like this, preparation is key, purely due to the huge amount of work involved. One of our many tasks was to devise an intricate series of rigging plots, diagrams, schedules and time-sheets to ensure that we were always on schedule, knowing that the exhibition had to open in April this year”.
For EXHIBITIONISM, WL supplied 232 x ETC Source Four Minis, 65 x Philips Selecon BeamSpots, 122 x Philips Selecon Accent BeamShapers along with 82 x ETC Irideon FPZs. Boasting lockable 3-plane shutters and zoom optics along with outputting over 800 field lumens, the Irideon is 33% brighter than a Source Four Mini LED and its feature-rich design is perfect for museums, lobbies and retail environments.
Simon comments: “The lighting for the exhibition had to be very specific. Firstly, it had to be track mountable. Secondly, it was important that we used as much LED as possible. The exhibition is open every day and there is limited power within the gallery, therefore LED was the most energy efficient. This is another reason why we drew on the ETC Irideon FPZs as they are extremely reliable and don’t require constant service. We were also the first company to be able to utilise these ahead of their official release”.
Following a period of procurement, WL spent two weeks pre-rigging at its Wimbledon base before spending three weeks on site at the Saatchi Gallery in West London.
Not only did WL have to create a set-up suitable for Saatchi but also for touring. Simon adds: “The Saatchi Gallery is just the beginning. The exhibition lasts four years in total and will visit 11 other cities across the globe. So the brief was to not only create something that could get the most out of the unique displays but would also be tourable, ensuring that every single city gets the best experience possible”.
EXHIBITIONISM is a further example of WL working on a high-profile exhibition, following its recent work on Curtain Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Simon adds: “What was great about this particular project was that we were able to provide the complete production solution. We were approached with a very ambitious, challenging and specific brief yet this was something we were able to fulfil”.
Photos courtesy of © EXHIBITIONISM.