Artisan opted for six LED panels, placed behind the band, which showed abstract content, numbers, and political statements, as well as illustrative imagery. The six panels, placed in two horizontal rows, were automated to rotate, enabling entirely different looks at different points in the show.
Says Ben: “All panels could rotate like horizontal blinds. Allowing us to reconfigure them to be used as a light source for the stage, or to reveal additional light sources behind. For most of the performance though, they would face the audience and present messages varying from quotes from Guantanamo Bay prisoners to more abstract representations of information."
In addition, 160 red DMX laser diodes mounted in two rows on the lighting truss created a cage of light around the band during during Safe From Harm and Future Proof, almost forming a light barrier between the band and the audience. Songs Battlebox and Jupiter saw heavy use of three separately mounted RGB laser scanners, drawing rectangular shapes on stage in front of the band. The content and automation of the LED panels as well as both the laser scanners and laser diodes were controlled by disguise, with a custom module written by Artisan to control the laser scanners. All previsualisation and sequencing was done in advance in disguise as well, allowing for changes right up until show time.