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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.