Burtynsky: Extraction/Abstraction at the Saatchi Gallery


Solotech supplied an audio and video solution in support of the new Burtynsky exhibition at Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road in London, UK.

Canadian born photographer Edward Burtynsky is recognised as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His large scale industrial images portray how modern civilisation has dramatically transformed the planet.

BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction marks the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of this world-renowned photographic artist. A centrepiece of the exhibition is the immersive presentation of In the Wake of Progress (2022). Co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin (known for his work with Pink Floyd, Andrea Bocelli, Peter Gabriel, Taylor Swift and many others), In the Wake of Progress is a 22-minute piece combining video and photographs from throughout Burtynsky’s career, fully choreographed to an award-winning original score composed by Phil Strong.

It was for In the Wake of Progress that Solotech provided support, with the company supplying audio, video and rigging for the project. Three Barco UDX projectors delivered the images onto three separate screens while a Yamaha QL1 was deployed for audio signal distribution. d&b Y10 loudspeakers were mounted above and to the sides of the screens, with a pair of d&b B6 subwoofers providing the low frequency reinforcement. d&b E6 speakers were used for infill with the system powered off four d&b D20 amplifiers.

A complementary experience to the Saatchi Gallery exhibition, Burtynsky’s images were also displayed at Outernet London’s The Now Building, a venue Solotech worked extensively on. The giant screens of the main building brought the iconic images of industrial pollution to a much wider audience.

Solotech Senior Project Manager Dave Shepherd looked after the project for Solotech: “It was a pleasure to get involved with the Burtynsky exhibition, particularly as it highlights the dramatic effect industrialisation has had on our planet. Indeed the ‘green’ issue is something we as a Live Production company are having to take extremely seriously. Moving forward we are committed to significantly reducing the carbon footprint of global touring.

If you’re interested in catching this ‘must-see’ thought-provoking exhibition, head over to saatchigallery.com for further details.