VITA MOTUS IN THE NEWS

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October 17, 2019
AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT (ADE) ARTIST & SPEAKER PROGRAM

Heather Shaw, founder of Vita Motus Design Studio, boasts a multi-dimensional career in environmental, industrial, transportation and production design with a conscious emphasis on functional purpose and designing the future.

Amsterdam Dance Event
July 18, 2019
INTERVIEW
THE PROS BEHIND THE SHOWS: HEATHER SHAW

11 Question with a multimedia festival stage designer.

Full Compass Live
May 30, 2019
INFOCOMM 2019: TEN THINGS NOT TO MISS

Center Stage will welcome representatives from big firms and brands, such as Gensler and Google, and creative studios, such as Vita Motus and Quince Imaging.

Installation International
April 23, 2019
INFOCOMM 2019: CENTER STAGE IS BACK TO PROMOTE EXPERIENCE DESIGN

Joining the Center Stage lineup is Heather Shaw, CEO of design studio Vita Motus, who will chat with Center Stage program director Kirsten Nelson about how Shaw’s team creates visual and physical productions for artists, festivals, and brands, such as Pharrell Williams and Red Bull.

Inavate
October 09, 2018
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AMAS 2018: SEE MARIAH CAREY DELIVER WORLD TV DEBUT OF NEW SONG ‘WITH YOU’

Singer created alluring visual effect with fabric, dancers for live performance

Rolling Stone
July 27, 2018
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INSIDE HEATHER SHAW AND VITA MOTUS’ MIND-MELTING WORLD OF STAGE DESIGN

The woman responsible for these electrifying realities is Heather Shaw, the founder and CEO of Vita Motus, a multi-disciplinary design studio that specializes in futuristic, high-tech productions that are quite literally out of this world.

Raver Rafting
July 27, 2018
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A$AP FERG REUNITES WITH A$AP ROCKY AS MAD MAN TOUR RUMBLES THROUGH NYC

The 29-year-old exercised his deep industry ties to bless fans in attendance with a triumvirate of consecutive guest appearances.

Billboard
May 05, 2018
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KENDRICK LAMAR AND SZA SHINE AT TDE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR KICKOFF IN VANCOUVER

The Top Dawg’s package tour, also featuring SZA, Jay Rock and SiR, is a victory lap and a way for Kendrick Lamar’s star power to boost his labelmates.

Rolling Stone
April 28, 2018
INTERVIEW
GIRLSCHOOL X SMARTIST: HEATHER SHAW

Meet Smartist Heather Shaw, CEO and Chief Designer of Vita Motus, a team of visionaries who design and curate that experience.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
March 19, 2018
ADIDAS DEERUPT EXPERIENCE IN LA

The Deerupt Experience was a pop-up art and culture installation held in Downtown Los Angeles that aimed to challenge the perception of reality, as well as celebrate the launch of the new adidas Deerupt sneaker.

UNCVR
March 13, 2018
INTERVIEW
THE BOLD VISUAL WORLD CREATED BY HEATHER SHAW

If Heather Shaw had a private planet of her own making, it would be called Vita Motus, a dynamo spinning in orbit around the largest of large-scale events with the denizens dropping down to earth to deliver visually compelling experiences.

Live Design
July 31, 2017
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FROM DAFT PUNK TO SKRILLEX, HERE’S 7 OF THE COOLEST LIVE SETUPS OF ALL-TIME

Provoked by the mainstreaming of North American music festivals in the early 2000s—and the big budget EDM boom shortly thereafter—the last decade of live electronic music has been something of an arms race. No longer was it simply enough to just show up and play a few songs, fans demanded lasers, confetti cannons, colossal smoke machines, and cakes to the face.

VICE
April 19, 2017
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DOLAB DEBUTS THE BEACON AT COACHELLA FOR A TASTE OF LIB’S FUTURE

Like the Dance Temple at Boom 2016, the Beacon is another collaboration with Heather Shaw of Vita Motus and Do LaB’s own Josh Flemming.

Everfest
April 15, 2017
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HOW THE DOLAB STAGE BECAME COACHELLA’S FESTIVAL-WITHIN-A-FESTIVAL

Walk through the section of Coachella called the Terrace, past the Beer Barn and a series of towering white lamps out of some giant’s IKEA catalog, and you’ll see a graceful spire rising in the distance, covered in interlocking panels like the scales of a fishtail. Walk closer and the structure reveals itself to be even larger and prettier than it first appears, a sprawling, origami-like tent that houses one of Coachella’s most popular attractions, the Do LaB Stage.

LA Weekly
October 14, 2016
INTERVIEW
THE MAKING OF THE BASSPOD

If you’ve made the annual pilgrimage to EDC Las Vegas each year, we don’t even have to tell you that the bassPOD is life. You feel it in your bones, it has become part of your DNA.

Bassrush
August 25, 2016
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COACHELLA 2016: HOW A LOS ANGELES DESIGN FIRM PULLED OFF HALSEY’S EXPLOSIVE SET

The crew had less than 30 minutes to set up for pop star Halsey’s performance on Coachella’s Outdoor Stage.

Daily News
May 04, 2016
INTERVIEW
THE CHAINSMOKERS’ STAGE DESIGNERS EXPLAIN THE NEXT GEN OF PRODUCTION

Billboard’s Joe Lynch took a moment to interview Vita Motus founder Heather Shaw and executive producer Elliott Dunwody, two minds behind Coachella 2016’s biggest acts.

Your EDM
May 03, 2016
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PRODUCTION DESIGNERS FOR HALSEY, CHAINSMOKERS & MORE EXPLAIN ‘SCULPTURAL’ LIGHTING & THEIR FIELD’S FUTURE AS FEST CULTURE SHIFTS

Production designers have always been an essential force in putting on live concerts, but in the past five years or so, their behind-the-scenes work has taken on a more visible role in the public sphere.

Billboard
May 03, 2016
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DESIGNING COACHELLA: INTERACTION AND STAGE DESIGN BY VITA MOTUS

After this past Coachella, we looked into the stage artists who deliver the interactive experiences that energize the festival’s atmosphere. We were lucky enough to talk to Heather Shaw, CEO of Vita Motus, who has designed stages and interactive experiences at Coachella for the past decade.

Print Mag
October 25, 2015
PORTRAIT OF HEATHER SHAW, DESIGNER OF CONCERT STAGES

Her disparity became her distinction. “Being a woman gave me a different point of view. Most of the male car designers were living in a different reality, engineers not extending out into the world in ways that I was.”

Kering Magazine
October 16, 2015
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THE DESIGN PROCESS: VITA MOTUS

It’s too bad the name Industrial Light & Magic had already been taken by some obscure film producer named George Lucas. Otherwise, the terms would perfectly capture the work of Heather Shaw and her firm Vita Motus Design Studio.

PLSN
July 18, 2015
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VITA MOTUS’ STAGE DESIGN OF BASSPOD AT EDCLV

A fleet of sci-fi dirty robots landed at the Basspod Stage at EDC Las Vegas 2015. Basspod, also known as Bassrush Stage, featured stage design by Heather Shaw and her team at Vita Motus and lighting design by VT Pro Design.

Live Design
June 22, 2015
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THE BEST (AND WORST) OF EDC VEGAS 2015

Electric Daisy Carnival is such a massive assault on the senses that, after the dust has settled (mostly in one’s lungs), it can be hard to pick out the highlights and lowlights. We’re still processing everything we heard and saw out there on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but here a few things that really stood out in our adventures under what EDC likes to call its “Electric Sky.”

LA Weekly
March 04, 2015
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WHY A RED BULL STUNT REQUIRED 60-FOOT CEILINGS AND A HELIPAD

Dubbed “The Circuitry of Life: A Journey Through the Evolution of Technology,” the evening’s centerpiece was a multimedia experience created by Heather Shaw, C.E.O. of the multidisciplinary design firm Vita Motus.

BizBash
February 26, 2015
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RED BULL INSTALLATION CHARTS THE HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY

The project, The Circuitry of Life, was commissioned by Red Bull and ran for two nights only. Vita Motus CEO and chief designer Heather Shaw, whose work often enhances musical performances by the likes of MIA and Taylor Swift, drew inspiration from the long-term thinking of futurists such as Ray Kurzweil.

LSN Global
February 24, 2015
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FOUR-STORY CUBE OF LIGHT TAKES OVER LA ROOFTOP

We stepped inside futurist designer Heather Shaw’s two-night multidimensional AV installation in Los Angeles. Is the evolution of technology cyclical rather than linear? Is it just bringing us back to the same mindset humans had for thousands of years?

Creators
December 01, 2014
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THE OTHERWORLDLY SET DESIGN OF VITA MOTUS

Meet Heather Shaw, CEO and Founder of Vita Motus, one of the entertainment world’s most in-demand, multidisciplinary design firms, and the go-to choice for electronic-music artists looking to develop groundbreaking live experiences for their fans. Since forming the company in 2006, Shaw has done set design for the likes of Amon Tobin, Infected Mushroom, Pharrell Williams, Audion (Matthew Dear), and A$AP ROCKY, and in conjunction with L.A.-based experience creators The Do LaB, has built 360-degree, fully immersive art installations that have appeared at music festivals such as Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, and the Boom Festival in Portugal.

AutoDesk
September 24, 2014
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DECONSTRUCTING VITA MOTUS DESIGN STUDIO

The words Vita Motus tend to conjure up some sort of dystopian, cubed age. One where each and every worldly element can be boxed, cross-interrogated and mapped to the utmost precision. Where artists and performers are elevated to godlike statuses on elevated stages and a compressed atmospheric that makes sure nothing is as it seems.

Homegrown
September 16, 2014
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VITA MOTUS TRANSFORMS THE NIGHT

Since the inception Vita Motus in 2006, Heather Shaw and her dedicated team have been using unorthodox means and expertise to change the way people think about live performance and set design. Before starting the company, Heather worked with car companies designing concept cars, and that eye towards the transformative future clearly informs the companies work to this day.

Vice
September 13, 2014
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RAGE KNOWS NO AGE: EDM GRANDMA PARTIES AT SURPRISE ZEDD CONCERT

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Zedd sneaked into a large freight container, the type you see piled onto cargo trains, Friday night at Pier 9 for a secret concert. Once inside, the Grammy-winning “Clarity” DJ felt it being lifted to an elevated stage, where the container’s doors dramatically opened to reveal his surprise appearance.

Mashable
July 16, 2013
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MAGNETIC CHATS BACKSTAGE OF AVALON WITH INFECTED MUSHROOM

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you made your weekends vast and epic as you should. I just wanted to touch base with everyone, catch up, and recap some time I spent last weekend with Infected Mushroom.

Magnetic Magazine
May 15, 2013
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HEATHER SHAW: THE FUTURIST DESIGNER

Here’s how Heather Shaw spent 2012: She was production designer on her first TV show, a little singing competition called American Idol. She had three installations on various stages at Coachella.

LA Weekly
March 08, 2013
NINJANEERING: WHERE FINE ART MEETS HIGH TECH

Consisting of a mix of artists and engineers, the panel will explore the various technologies involved, how they are interconnected, and provide general commentary on the merging of these disciplines.

SXSW
May 14, 2012
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A FANTASTIC VOYAGE: BEHIND INFECTED MUSHROOM’S PSYCHEDELIC SHOW

When Vello Virkhaus of L.A.-based visual arts studio V Squared Labs signed on to create a show for the psychedelic trance duo Infected Mushroom, the concept of 3-D mapping a visual journey onto two giant spheres in which the band was expected to play naturally elicited lighthearted, ribald banter.

Fast Company
May 10, 2012
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INFECTED MUSHROOM – THE UNVEILING TEASER TWO

Infected Mushroom has released a new teaser for their live show, featuring fantasy land/ orbiting spacial dream lights. The stage production is an incredible 3 dimensional landscape, designed by Heather Shaw of Vita Motus Design Studio.

Elektro
October 27, 2011
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HIGH-TECH EXPERIMENT FROM INSIDE THE BOX

The electronic musician Amon Tobin performed inside a white cube at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn on Tuesday, the first of three sold-out nights. The cube was centrally attached to other cubes, and they were all stacked in a geometrical pattern across the stage.

New York Times
October 17, 2011
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“ISAM” LIVE TOUR COMBINES 3D SETS, CG VISUALS, AND CRAZY MATH

After a stint around Europe, Amon Tobin’s audio-visual tour de force, ISAM, has returned to North America after its debut at Mutek in Montreal back in June.

Ars Technica
October 17, 2011
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AMON TOBIN – THE MUSIC BOX – 10/16/11

For trogedytes and other uninitiated, Amon Tobin is a Brazilian electronic composer and producer now in the middle of a mad project to radically alter how club patrons experience live music. This is all very fascinating – and more than a little mindblowing – but first there was an undercard to get through.

LA Weekly
October 14, 2011
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AMON TOBIN PUSHES ENVELOPE WITH SHAPE-SHIFTING DJ EXPERIENCE

Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Inspired by Daft Punk’s now-iconic cube, artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue.

Billboard
September 14, 2011
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AMON TOBIN’S 3-D STAGE SHOW TOUCHES DOWN IN L.A.

It’s not often that a performance by a world-renowned DJ leaves fans speechless instead of sweaty. But that seemed to be the goal of experimental producer-DJ AmonTobin the moment he decided to take the live show for his latest album, “ISAM” (released April 19 on Ninja Tune) into the visual realm.

La Times
June 06, 2011
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THE CONCERT OF THE FUTURE, TODAY

For decades, Amon Tobin has constantly pioneered new sounds in the world of electronic music. So it makes sense that he’d want a visual stage show as advanced and experimental as his sounds. I think he nailed it this time.

Gizmodo
June 06, 2011
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AMON’S ISAM MERGES, MEAT, MACHINES IN 3-D SHOW, CREEPY HARDCOVER

Electronic musician Amon Tobin launches a formidable one-two punch with his new full-length work, ISAM, and a visually ambitious tour that pairs the record’s sonically challenging music with shape-shifting 3-D animation.

Wired
June 03, 2011
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AMON TOBIN’S ISAM STAGE DESIGN

Get an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the development and production of the stage set for Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin’s current 6-city international tour. Meet the fabricator, set designer, interactive video director, scientists, engineers and their teams.

Core77
May 24, 2011
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THE DR. MOREAU OF MUSIC

On ISAM, his eighth and latest album (released today via indie British label Ninja Tune), he’s evolved once again. This time he’s built a virtual orchestra of out digitally rendered instruments, nearly all of them more or less synthesized from found objects.

Fast Company

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