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January 01, 1970
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
February 24, 2015
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
July 18, 2015
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
October 16, 2015
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
March 04, 2015
WHY A RED BULL STUNT REQUIRED 60-FOOT CEILINGS AND A HELIPAD

Red Bull hosted its first “Red Bull at Night” activation February 21 on the Exchange Building rooftop in Los Angeles. 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
MEET HEATHER SHAW, THE MUSIC SCENE’S DESIGN WIZARD.

Dreams have always lived in her head. Ethereal visions of light, texture, shape and sound. In the electronic dance music scene, Heather Shaw is known as a creative soul unbound by bureaucratic constraints and blessed with a restless imagination able to turn abstract thought into a functional design experience.

The Red Bulletin
February 26, 2015
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 23, 2015
FOUR-STORY CUBE OF LIGHT TAKES OVER LA ROOFTOP

Is the evolution of technology cyclical rather than linear? Is its rapid advancement just bringing us back to the same mindset humans had as a species for thousands of years?

Creators
September 16, 2014
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
December 01, 2014
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 13, 2014
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
May 15, 2013
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
July 16, 2013
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 10, 2012
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
May 14, 2012
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
October 27, 2011
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
“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
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
September 14, 2011
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
October 14, 2011
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
June 06, 2011
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
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
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
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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