Jan.5, 2014

On New Year's Eve, "LIGHT", the first-ever nightclub in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino), launched new designs by renowned Fashion-Tech Designer Anouk Wipprecht as a celebratory crowd rang in 2014.

As the first nightclub in the world to feature Cirque du Soleil in conjunction with music by world class DJs, the "LIGHT Nightclub" is known to combine cutting edge technology with out-of-this-world aesthetics, and as such they invited Anouk to explore her work on wearable electronics to enhance the Cirque du Soleil experience.

Anouk integrated techno-teasing and interactivity into her creations and on New Year's Eve, her designs found their match in the technical marvel that surrounded the nightclub. Among these designs were elements designed in collaboration with Italian architect Niccolo Casas and 3D printed by 3D printing company Materialise.

This is the second collaboration between Anouk Wipprecht, Niccolo Casas and Materialise (the first being the Smoke Dress) and continued Anouk and Niccolo's study on how to combine the body and technology with 3D Printing.

The 3D printed elements were brought to life through Laser Sintering and hosted four independently controlled shoulder pieces with strobeeffect 20W High Power LEDs shining through the shape. With wireless synchronisation as part of the animation control system, Anouk and her team (Matt Pinner and Daniel Schatzmayr) developed an independent interface based on custom made PCB boards connected with an network adaptor to a credit-card-sized Linux-based Beagle Bone. All together, this simplified the rapid deployment process by having an minimum powerfootprint. TouchOSC (Beagle Bone uses Android 4.0) enabled the designs to be controlled within the unpredictable realms of the tunes and beats of the venue.

The Fesitivities Continue for CES 2014

During CES 2014 Anouk Wipprecht's designs, including the 3D printed pieces, will be highlighted during a full evening of performances and acrobatics with Cirque du Soleil's team.

LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas - January 7-9th doors open at 22.00

All Images: ©Liana Bandziulyte

See the effect in the video below:

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