Interactive Pojection Mapping and Screens, in Sofia (BG)

Year of implementation: 
Added value of technology: 
Increase performance of public open spaces
Technology applied: 
Sensory informatics
Typology of open spaces: 
Parks and gardens
Short description: 

The National Palace of Culture - Congress Centre Sofia (NDK) is the largest multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe that was opened in 1981 to mark 1300 years since the founding of the Bulgarian state. It was designed to host a wide range of events such as international conventions, official meetings, conferences, symposia, discussion panels, exhibitions, festivals, concerts. The Palace is located in downtown Sofia and is surrounded by a park area. The main building was designed by arch. Alexander Barov and his team of architects, and the design of the surrounding areas is the work of arch. Atanas Agura and team. The park area was designed by landscape architect Valentina Atanassova. During the '90s, immediately following the change of the political model in the country, the NDK lost a significant portion of its property, including infrastructure, commercial areas, and car parks. Since 2011, the NDK has been restructured into a commercial company, but it remains a state property. It is self-sustaining, receiving no subsidies. The first public financial report of the Palace was released in 2012. A substantial part of the revenues are invested annually in new projects and its own cultural events.

In May, 2016 the National Palace of Culture hosted unique Interactive projection mapping project, idea of artist Polina Gerasimova. The façade of the National Palace was used for interactive projection of sound and pictures. The project is mixture of different types of technologies with one century difference in time. There will be combined a musical instrument called “teremin” created before 90 years by the Russian scientist Leon Theremin (1896–1993) was the once-forgotten inventor who created the world's first electronic musical instrument, named “theremin”. The device that bears his name "produced a strange, undulating, alternately threatening and soothing sound that didn't exist in nature" and when it was first used in classical music compositions during the 1920s, it was hailed as the harbinger of the electronic orchestra of the future. Its sine-wave tones came from a set of oscillators, which worked on the principle of heterodyning.

Why is it relevant as Cyberpark: 

Public open space is used as place for art performance and was a scene for unique example for combination of 90 years old technology and digital technologies. Interaction between people, digital technologies and art in public open space took place in real time in May 2016. Visitors of the event had the opportunity to be part of mixture of outdoor activities, to enjoy, to relax and actively participate in art performance by creating own sound. Each bit and ton corresponded to different vision in real time and were projected on the façade of the National Palace of Culture, Sofia.

People involved in the project: 

Artists Polina Gerasimova and Dimo Stoyanov