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Fairy tale tourism: the architectural projection mapping of magically real and irreal festival lightscapes

Lovell, Jane, Griffin, Howard (2018) Fairy tale tourism: the architectural projection mapping of magically real and irreal festival lightscapes. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1940-7963. (doi:10.1080/19407963.2018.1556674) (KAR id:71702)

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This paper explores how established light festivals such as the Fête des Lumières in Lyon and Lumiere in Durham were first conceived by Robert-Houdin as illusory illuminations in the Loire in the 1950s. The research investigates the concept of spectacles as inversions of reality; re-situating light works within authenticity theory by exploring their manipulation of magical reality and irreality. The research uses the authors’ experience of event design to assess different interactions of light with the tri-dimensional architectural canvas, suggesting three classifications of animated projection mapping events: architecturally passive, architecturally physically active and architecturally metaphysically active. Each category has implications for how spectators perceive these installations. Architecturally passive events may use fairy tale content, evoking atavistic and affective responses, the ‘skinning’ of buildings with magical reality is designed to evoke perceptual duality, and the wobbling unfolding of irreality may ultimately create a state of ‘illuminated flow.’

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/19407963.2018.1556674
Uncontrolled keywords: Irreal, magically real, fairy tale, lumiere, light festival, projection mapping
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Howard Griffin
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 14:30 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 22:09 UTC
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