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    London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies: Audience Pixel Content

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)

    London, UK, 29 - 31 July 2013


    Ed Cookson & Will Case


    While the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of each successive Olympic Games have tended to grow increasingly sophisticated in their scope and scale, a key ambition of the London 2012 Ceremonies team was to integrate the in-stadium audience as part of the show, emphasising the narrative themes of inclusiveness and togetherness. Furthermore, the large size of an Olympic stadium can make it harder to create an intimate and immersive live experience for the stadium audience. In response, 70,500 audience seats in the stadium were fitted with a 9-LED pixel paddle, all of which were wired to a central visual controller. The result was an enormous immersive display that holds the current world-record for the largest landscape video display.


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