Bogotá’s planetarium has been modernized to combine culture, science and art

This content was published on 8/29/2021 – 1:44 PM

Ovidio Castro Medina

Bogotá, August 29th (EFE). With a high definition interstellar show and David Bowie’s musical transformation in the background projected across Latin America using breakthrough laser technology, the Bogotá Planetarium has entered a new phase where audiences can experience immersive experiences in art, science and technology .

The new planetarium outfit includes the Griffyn 4K32-RGB laser projection system, which uses the latest technology to make the stage one of the most modern in Latin America.

Initially, the mayor of Bogotá decided on “Interstellar Traveler, Show by David Bowie”, in which he also presented the Fundación Orquesta Sinfonic de Bogotá, whose musicians wore costumes reminiscent of the crews of interplanetary ships.

There, Bowie’s subversive music was played in the dome, which also featured planets, stars, and astronauts, all amid thousands of colors that made the show even more realistic.

“The planetarium is a place where citizens meet, not just science, but also art, culture and creativity,” Catalina, director of the Provincial Art Institute (Idartes), told EFE Valencia.

Regardless of the culture, Valencia highlights that the new projection system has a high efficiency index compared to electricity consumption. In addition, the projectors are equipped with laser technology, which consumes less electricity than conventional xenon gas lamps.

A friend of the environment

The new equipment not only enables better colors and new immersive experiences, but is also “more environmentally friendly,” said Carlos Mauricio Galeano, deputy equipment director for the departments.

With all of this, it would “reduce the carbon footprint because projectors rely on laser technology that will last longer and in about 10 or 15 years, when they lose their useful life, won’t pollute them as badly as they used to” in fact . The technologies do. Halogen base “.

Musically he wrote, Bowie, who was born in London in 1947 and died in New York in 2016, “Music for the stars, planets and the space race”.

From September 4th Gustavo Cerati, Daft Punk, Queen, Coldplay, Metallica and the incomparable Michael Jackson will dominate the planetarium with their music. None of them need an introduction.

see and hear

On December 22, 1969, the then Colombian President Carlos Leras Restrepo inaugurated the Bogotá Planetarium, but under the direction of Virgilio Barco Vargas (1986-1990) the scene changed and began to develop into a fascinating cultural center of the city.

The space race, which brought about changes in humanity, sparked interest in astronomy, science, and exploration of the universe and led to the construction of large planetariums, a tool invented in Germany but rediscovered in that decade, around an eager public. for scientific knowledge.

From above, the iconic theater is in the shape of a snail and, among the many anecdotes, some of its equipment was made possible by an alliance between the Mayor of Bogota and the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia.

The projection system, screen and equipment – which will be retired – came from Jena to what was then the GDR, at that time the best equipment for planetariums.

With the new technology, which is projected onto the 23 meter diameter dome, viewers can watch films such as “The Birth of Planet Earth” produced by Spitz Creative Media and “Revealing the Invisible Universe” by the European Southern Observatory (THAT). .

“These are Voldom projections,” explains Galliano, who remembers that it is an immersive viewing format based on 360-degree panoramic films.

After the renovation, the planetarium now has a 650 square meter space museum, five exhibition rooms and interactive rooms.

It also contains a library specializing in astronomy and space research, a children’s room with special content for children and a balcony from which one can see part of the city center. EFE

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