Established in 2003, Darkroom is a design studio directed by audiovisual artist Bruce Ferguson.
During the years, the studio has built an impressive artistic and corporate portfolio with many diverse projects ranging from stage visuals to product launches, from art exhibitions to fulldome experience.
Each audiovisual project features high attention to details and the amazing ability of adapting to the different spaces and client needs. Darkroom offers a huge variety of bespoke design solutions, all linked up by the common factor of the innovation research.
Darkroom studio in facts has always been pushing its boundaries to keep up with the ever evolving audiovisual landscape. By applying digital content, such as motion graphics and animation to innovative screening technologies, including video mapping, full-dome and bespoke LED structures.
Among the variety of projects “Takaamanohara” really caught our eye: the animated mural made in collaboration with Chiho Aoshima, displayed at the Seattle Asian Museum.
The audiovisual installation displays the regeneration of a city after being hit by a Tsunami. It reflects upon the theme of the life cycle and how both society and nature steadily recover after every disaster.
Starting from the vectorization of Aoshima’s paintings, Darkroom has been working with performers in order to capture their motions and bring each animated character to life. The animated artwork has been developed as a loop where each character dies and reborn.
A wonderful use of multimedia tools to enhance the world of the Japanese painters in order to get the audience closer to its meaningful essence
Darkroom is based in Auckland, New Zealand and has a global footprint, producing content for events across Europe, USA, China, India, Japan, South America, Australia, Africa and the Pacific.
The studio has collaborated with artists such as Takashi Murakami and Carl Cox, created video shows for summer festivals like Glastonbury and Kimberly, and produced corporate shows for the likes of HBO, Google, Louis Vuitton, Bentley, Samsung and Smirnoff.