United VJ's: Unveil
Turku's year as the European Capital of Culture has ended

Unveil dazzled on New Year’s Eve

The Capital of Culture information point 2011 Corner has closed its doors, but on New Year’s Eve the Corner was once more on centre stage as the video work Unveil, creating impressive visual illusions, was projected on the outer walls of the building at Kristiinankatu 1.

The 3D piece Unveil, created by means of video mapping, brought the rich shapes of the Art Nouveau building to life with lights, colours and a variety of moving patterns and figures. Digital technology and art were used to create strong visual and optical illusions and their impact was further emphasised with electronic music that echoed the rhythms of the piece.

The ten-minute work was shown several times on New Year’s Eve. Between showings, the director of Unveil, animator Sumit Sarkar, created a live digital image on the wall of the building.

Unveil brought the Eurocultured Street Culture Project to a spectacular conclusion. During 2010 and 2011, the Eurocultured Project by the EU Culture Programme has included several festivals and workshops and various new works have been created by local teenagers in Finland, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and Romania.  In May 2011, a large Eurocultured Street Culture Festival was held in Turku as a part of the Capital of Culture year programme.

The Unveil work that was projected onto the walls of Kristiinankatu 1 had been created by 15 artists from six different countries: the United Kingdom, Finland, Brazil, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Contributors from Turku included puppet-makers from the Kuuma Ankanpoikanen Puppet Theatre Group and dancers from the Taina Kovalainen Dance School.

Farewell to the 2011 Corner 

Unveil brought the series of Capital of Culture events to an end, and also acted as the farewell work for 2011 Corner, which for the past year operated as an information and meeting point. During the past year, Corner attracted a total of 230,150 visitors.

Event and Exhibition Centre Logomo, the other meeting point of the Capital of Culture year that was open daily, was visited by 248,000 people between January 16th and December 18th, 2011.

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