Epson projectors at the OSIRIS exhibition

Artevia chooses Epson to help bring the dead to life

Epson projectors at the OSIRIS exhibition

Artevia, a company specialising in the design and production of art and culture events, was selected to create the exhibition "Osiris, Egypt's Sunken Mysteries" and chose Epson projectors to display the images and animations.

Epson technology shows off its artistic side

From 8 September 2015, the Arab World Institute in Paris has played host to an exceptional exhibition entitled "Osiris, Egypt's Sunken Mysteries", which highlights the discoveries of the IEASM's latest underwater excavations in Abu Qir Bay, led by Franck Goddio, head of excavations and curator of the exhibition. Artevia was the company commissioned to produce the event and create displays for the artefacts in the form of a journey and series of multimedia projections (films, photos, animations etc.).

Putting this huge project together was a complex task because of the vast quantity and variety of content to be shown, the secrecy surrounding it, the restrictions in terms of installation, and the time constraints. To succeed, they needed specialist projectors and a highly responsive team. A number of manufacturers were contacted, but only one was selected: Epson.

The brand offers several comprehensive ranges of projectors that are ideally suited to installation in large spaces such as auditoriums and museums. Eighteen Epson projectors were used for this project, with different models employed to meet a variety of specific requirements (EB-G6900WU, EB-Z11005, EB-Z9870, EB-Z10005U, EB-Z9870U and EB-Z10000U).

Featuring Epson's 3LCD technology, the projectors deliver bright, high-quality images, with brilliant, detailed colours, even in different ambient lighting conditions. Thanks to their versatility, users can move the lens position with ease for highly flexible positioning, often critical for a project of this scale.

"We chose Epson because the brand met our expectations perfectly, fulfilling all our essential requirements. In particular, the equipment had to be flexible enough that it could be adapted to the site, yet discreet enough to blend into the background," says Jess Perez, Technical Director at Artevia.

A collaborative partnership

This project's success depended on the collaborative efforts of the different partners involved – including Epson. The company supported Artevia throughout the process in the selection and adaptation of equipment.

Furthermore, numerous discussions took place three months prior to installation – with the director, photographer and graphic designer – in order to consider the angles and shots to be used, taking into account the projection equipment.

To fulfil the requirements made by the artistic director of this exceptional exhibition, the technical requests for the projections were relatively restrictive: projection duration, atypical projections (ceiling-to-floor, portrait format, long or short focal length etc.). The end result is a compelling demonstration of Epson's projectors' adaptability, in the context of a museum setting.

The Artevia team had to deal with a number of additional challenges while setting up the exhibition. The time frame for installation was very short and numerous changes took place along the way.

"Epson's technical team proved easy to get hold of and very responsive each time the situation changed. The collaboration was a very interesting one for us, especially when it became necessary to readjust the content for the Epson projectors. The results live up to the work that went into it. We are very happy with the quality of the projected images – they are clean and precise," says Jess Perez.

By the end of December 2015, the exhibition had already been seen by over 200,000 visitors and was extended until March 2016.