Our work for Swedish pop superstars ABBA is currently the largest and most complex permanent kinetic lighting installation in the world. It is this lighting that combines the physical with the digital in the all-new ABBA Voyage concert arena. And it plays a key role in this show, which is unlike anything audiences have ever experienced before. “Breathtaking. A triumph,” to quote The Guardian.
ABBA Voyage is a concert experience like no other, a concert that has been virtually 40 years in the making. In the purpose-built ABBA Arena in London, the ABBA Avatars (ABBAtars) perform five times a week accompanied by a 10-piece live band. With a setlist of hits and a spectacular light and media show, they delight over 3000 visitors per evening.
Part of the kinetic light installation for ABBA Voyage is a reinterpretation of our large-scale art installation SKALAR. However, moving mirrors and light reflections as well as a new kind of LED pixel strings are combined to a huge light display. Almost 700 powered cable winches of two different types cover an area of 2,500m2 and a volume of 25,000m3. With 30,000 individually controllable and additionally spatially moving light points, this installation is currently probably the largest and most complex permanent kinetic light installation in the world.
WHITEvoid and KINETIC LIGHTS were responsible for the design and planning of the kinetic show as well as for the complete production of hardwarwe and programming of the kinetic show part.
The unprecedented size and complexity of the system also required a complete redevelopment of the control software. In addition, a new feature was integrated into the Kinetik control software that allows 30,000 RGB LED light points to be generatively moved and animated freely in space in real time.
Another software innovation is the passing of the kinetic position data to 3D software to extend the visualization into the virtual space of the large format ABBA Voyage screen. This 3D simulation multiplies the physical kinetic light points to almost infinity. This effect was developed and implemented in close collaboration with the world-renowned 3D animation studio ILM (Industrial Light & Magic).
Our special thanks go to ABBA, the director of the show Baillie Walsh and the producers Svana Gisla and Ludvig Andresson, who planned and realized this mammoth kinetic project together with us over almost 3 years.
Baillie Walsh (Director)
Svana Gisla (Producer)
Ludvig Andersson (Producer)
ILM (Industrial Light and Magic)
Green Wall Designs