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Projections bring "kinetic wall" to life

March 03, 2021

TOKYO – Christie® is pleased to announce that Kogakuin University has deployed a state-of-the-art D4K40-RGB 3DLP® pure laser projector for large-scale and 3D projection mapping on a large surface (mapping area) comprising a “kinetic wall” set up in its atrium as part of the renewal process of its Shinjuku campus.

Jointly delivered and installed in Shinjuku Atrium by Ushio Lighting Inc. and CIMA Co., Ltd., with planning and direction accomplished by P.I.C.S. Co., Ltd., the Christie D4K40-RGB delivers big, bright and bold images on the mapping area that includes a “kinetic wall” measuring 16 meters in width and 8.5 meters in height. This “kinetic wall” features 180 modular cubes, each measuring 40 cm, that can be programmed to move back and forth individually. Creative expressions ranging from a highly dynamic wall surface, large-scale and 3D projection mapping, as well as data visualization can be achieved using a combination of video, audio and lighting effects.

Christie D4K40-RGB illuminates “kinetic wall” at Kogakuin University


A spokesperson from Kogakuin University commented, “There is a characteristic open ceiling space up to the 4th floor of the atrium and it is a place that reflects the ideas of Kogakuin University, which allows members of each faculty to express themselves experimentally, as well as generate new ideas and concepts. This ‘kinetic wall’ is an extension of this creative process, and through the combination of various technologies such as 3D projection mapping, new life and energy can be injected into our renewed campus.”

Explaining why the Christie D4K40-RGB is chosen for this facility, the spokesperson said, “It can produce an astounding depth of detail on each moving cube without any image mismatch, and delivers bright and lifelike images even in well-lit conditions. As well, the D4K40-RGB’s compact design and quiet operation capabilities makes it stand out from the competition. Therefore, we are of the view that Christie’s D4K40-RGB is most suitable for our Shinjuku Atrium.”

The spokesperson noted that while the Shinjuku Atrium is designated as an ideal location for people to get together, the “kinetic wall” at this venue is not just meant for the permanent installation of projection mapping equipment, but also aimed at enhancing creativity and potential for further development.

“We are using this atrium to stage live streaming events by famous artists and campus-wide digital art competitions. So far, it has surprised, impressed and uplifted the spirits of audiences.

In particular, we are pleased to note that Christie’s D4K40-RGB laser projector will be one of the key devices to take this atrium to the next level. We are currently exploring various ideas, such as using the ‘kinetic wall’ to co-host events with other universities.”

Akikazu Dempoya, executive director, Enterprise Japan, Christie, commented, “We are delighted that Kogakuin University has become the first educational institution in Japan to invest in our award-winning D4K40-RGB projector, which has taken large-scale projection to new heights. By introducing 3D projections to augment the moving cubes for this highly innovative ‘kinetic wall’, the various stakeholders involved in this project have demonstrated how high-quality projections can create a highly engaging visual experience.”

Designed with Christie® TruLife electronics and Christie Real|Laser illumination, the Christie D4K40-RGB produces greater than 90 percent of the Rec. 2020 color space for rich, vibrant true-to-life visuals. Since its introduction, it has been embraced by users from all over the world. Mostly notably, more than 250 D4K40-RGB projectors have brought stunning visuals to Al Wasl Plaza’s iconic dome, the venue for Expo 2020 Dubai.

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