The Limelight of a Psychedelic Tribal Gathering
Date:27 August 2018
O.Z.O.R.A. Festival takes place in a beautiful valley surrounded by forests and corn fields in an agricultural area in Dádpuszta, Hungary. The main dancefloor is situated in a magical valley surrounded by hills from three sides and facing the sunrise. The rest of the festival is happening all around in the valley and the hills around it. Amazing buildings were built from logs and wood that have been added through the years. It’s “[a] universe of openness and togetherness where we can evolve towards becoming one with cosmic energies, with nature, with consciousness, with wholeness through dance, trance, creation, invention, transformation and peace. [A] playground where we learn to share and care, to express and connect, to create and heal, to unify and beautify the world around us and in us.” Yea, it’s pure magic. I started working on lighting designs for O.Z.O.R.A. Festival 7 years ago. This year, I created light installations for the main stage with Retextil the third time. 13,000 LED lights lit up the ceiling, and the indirect light of 6,000 LED lights made the tree trunk glow from the inside. Another 3,000 LED lights were used for the front of the main stage. The cover for the ceiling was woven for 6 weeks by 20 people from the Retextil team, while my team worked on installing the cables for lighting non-stop for a month. I loved every minute of it. Except for listening to goa music, but that’s okay. They first invited me to do projection mapping for the 10 towers around the dance are, which we have been doing for 7 years now. I really wanted to work outside, connect with nature, so it was the right thing to do back then. Then I fell in love with the O.Z.O.R.A. family, the collaborators, and have been working on both projection mapping projects and light installations for the towers, the main stage and the Dome. It’s an important, renowned festival with a significant size and budget, so it provides a great opportunity to try out ideas and learn, too. These installations are one of their kind in the category of underground festivals – festivals with huge budgets can do it, but they don’t want to compete with those. It’s a challenge, and I love that – you are out on a field, and if something doesn’t work or is missing, you can’t just pop in to a store, and that’s where you get creative. Go figure.
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