porta estel-lar by playMID collective takes guests on intergalactic journey porta estel-lar by playMID collective takes guests on intergalactic journey
nov 13, 2015

porta estel-lar by playMID collective takes guests on intergalactic journey

porta estel-lar by playMID collective takes guests on intergalactic journey
all images courtesy of playmodes




playmodes and MID, working under their collective title playMID, have come together to form ‘porta estel-lar’, an immersive audiovisual installation. located inside a modified airplane, the project — ‘star gate’ in english — uses RGB LED strips to create a digital skin that takes visitors on an intense, captivating cosmic journey.

airplane exterior 




in addition to visual cues, ‘porta estel-lar’ uses sonic perspective effects and an 8-channel audio system to suggest the idea of interstellar travel. in the course of six minutes, audience members are flown deep into and through the outer most reaches of space. once departed, guests experience comets, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and alien worlds — all before returning safely to mother earth. 

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plane interior, no effects  


video courtesy of playmodes 

installation still 

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‘porta estel-lar’ takes guests on a six minute cosmic journey 

visuals include comets, planets, galaxies, and others 

RGB LED strips transform the plane’s interior 

installation still 

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a comet swoops across the domed ceiling 

the plane’s reflective floor gives the impression that things are happening in 360 degrees 

green LED’s transform the space 

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‘porta estel-lar’ was designed by playmodes + MID 



project info:


direction and concept: PlayMID (playmodes + MID)
plane: eduardo cajal
hardware engineering: alex posada
3D modeling: gerard vallverdú
3D realtime simulation software: eloi maduell
sound: santi vilanova
visual contents: eloi maduell, santi vilanova
video edition: eloi maduell
thanks to: marta barnolas (filming and on site realization), lloc audiovisuals (technical set-up), sebas (technical set-up), xavi bové (filming), pense (additional set-up), casa d’oficis de l’espectacle (set-up assistance and on site-realization), MAC festival



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edited by: nick brink | designboom

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