Our long anticipated Grinding Gear Games convention - ExileCon was a massive success! Over 1700 attendees - with the large majority of those from overseas. They enjoyed a packed weekend of gaming and honing their Path of Exile skills with talks from creators and developers whilst marvelling at the hard work and creativity that went into the whole event. We have been told by a realiable source that the ex-CEO of one of the worlds largest gaming companies - stated the event was in his top 3 best ever attended ! We’re pretty happy with that accolade. The weekend rounded off brilliantly with a DJ set from NZ’s finest - Dylan C !
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Racing towards the end of 2018 ...
In the last month we had the NZ opening of the touring Atamira piece 'PANGO' in Auckland. We once again collaborated with Moss Patterson on the design of the set for this epic dance piece - continuing with using rope as our core material we designed a mystical Marae (image above)
We are excited about 2019 with the opening of the Te Manawa Childrens Space in March. Robin was the 'Artist' for this beautiful child centric interior architecture project.
Grinding Gear Games has commissioned us to design and produce their first ever fan conference. 'ExileCon' will be held in Auckland in Nov 2019.
Our work continues working alongside a core creative team, on a large scale international touring theatrical experience based on the myths and legends of Aotearoa.
Finally here's a great piece Robin wrote recently for NZ's The Big Idea :
Robin is just back from Seoul - having worked on the set design of a new Atamira dance piece 'MARAMA' (Moon) for the Chang Mu Festival.
Work also continues on the League of Legends Opening Ceremony creative - which is also taking place in Seoul this year.
The final touches are being made to the Auckland Live container bar we have designed which will finally take up residency in Aotea Square from October.
Robin is just back from China after spending 3 weeks in pre-prod mode for the League of Legends World Finals at The Birds Nest, Beijing.
On the 4th November the stadium was filled with over 40,000 fans and simultaneously watched live by over 50 million. The online fans also got to experience a VR 'Elder Dragon' landing in the stadium during the live performance by 'Against The Current'.
October also saw the opening of WoW 2017 - this year we worked alongside CD's Kip Chapman and Dan Williams as Stage Designer. The World of Wearable Art is NZ's largest and most technically challenging theatrical production, that saw over 50,000 people attend over a 3 week period.
Our very large (6m) sign for the Hallertau brewery and restaurant was installed this month - very excited to finally see it in situ, it looks particularly good at night !
Thankyou to everyone involved - clients Hallertau and Degree Design and collaborators CP Solutions, Ultimate Finishers, Oliver Kraft, John Penman and Stephen Bradbourne.
We have also completed another design for the APO / Atamira Dance Co. collaboration for Auckland Arts Festival. 'AWA" will showcase as part of the Festival in March.
Robin found himself back in Guangzhou, Wuhan and Beijing with the team from Riot Games - working on an exciting large scale project taking place towards the end of 2017.
We’ve been enjoying a particularly creative few months working alongside our colleague Kim Jarrett from Dawnfinder concepting designs for a 'themed' parkland area for China.
Whilst Exilecon - the gaming convention we're designing and producing for Grinding Gear Games is fully in to pre-prod mode
And thankyou to HOME magazine for a great piece on Te Whare Tapere - the childrens space.
The League of Legends Worlds Opening Ceremony 2018 took place in front of a live audience of around 30,000 and an online audience of 200 million on 4th November in Seoul !
Our CD, Robin Rawstorne was, for a 2nd year, part of the RIOT creative team responsible for delivering this epic live show, that once again featured AR.
The 2017 Sports Emmy Award Winning Elder Dragon was replaced by Riot's fictional pop group, K/DA.
Alongside Madison Beer, Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-dle and Jaira Burns performing on stage, K/DA Akali, Ahri, Evelynn and Kai’Sa performed Pop/Stars. IKon's Bobby was also performing to his remix of Rise.
BIG news - the 2017 League of Legends Opening Ceremony, held In November at the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing has been awarded a Sports Emmy. This is of course big but whats even bigger is that this is the first time that an 'esport' has won such an award - going up against such sports giants as NBA and ESPN !
The Sports Emmy® Awards recognise outstanding achievement in sports television coverage. For over a quarter century, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has presented the Emmy® as a reward for excellence in Sports broadcasting and as an incentive for its continued pursuit.
Robin and our studio worked alongside the L.A. and Shanghai based RIOT games creative / tech and production teams for most of 2017 for this live performance event and we are super excited to be part of the team recognised for this award!
We suspect the particular Emmy worthy creative is the AR 'Elder Dragon' that appears about 9mins in if you want to skip to that when you follow the link to full Opening Ceremony footage.
Massey Children’s Library and Community Centre construction has begun. We have been working as 'Lead Artist' on the project for a number of years now focusing on the interior design of the space and working alongside Auckland Council Arts & Culture and architects Warren and Mahoney. We have recently been focusing on some of the shelving details (see photo of the model made by our studio)
We are also heavily immersed in the gaming world as we also near d-day (4th Nov) for the League of Legends World Finals Opening Ceremony at the Birds Nest in Beijing. Robin is the CD for the opening - working alongside the RIOT team
Robin was away for all of December - working as CD with the Riot / League of Legends team in Barcelona and Shanghai on 2 of their live events.
PANGO - the latest brilliant dance piece by Atamira that we designed the set for, returned to NZ after touring Asia to fantastic reviews -
“Pango/Black is a multi-layered, exceptionally powerful dance theatre work of great integrity. It will remain in the memory for a very long time."
Massey Children’s Library and Community Centre has been confirmed to go ahead by Auckland Council. Work will commence in February. We are very excited that our design for the interior of this space - which was originally commissioned by Mark Osbourne from Auckland Council Arts & Culture, is finally happening. We will be working alongside architects Warren and Mahoney. (above image)
We completed another set design for Atamira Dance Company - 'PANGO'. It is now touring in Taiwan and China and will run in Wellington in December as part of Toi Maori Arts Market 2016 performance.
This month also saw us collaborate once again with RIOT Games - working on 2 projects for December.
Robin also got to attend the RIOT 2016 League of Legends World Final in L.A.
Robin is just back from Shanghai - were he has spent the last month as CD for the Luxury Brand event and experience department at the international agency Auditoire. We have been collaborating with the team there for over 5 years now.
Te Whare Tapere - Children's space at Te Manawa is now officially open. Te Manawa is Aucklands first fully integrated community facility.
We have spent the last 8 years collaborating with architectural practice Warren & Mahoney and Auckland Council’s Programme Co-ordinator for Public Art on the interior architecture of Te Whare Tapere.
The container has now landed in Aotea Square! Its big & red so you cant miss it!
We have been working over the last 4 months as Creative Consultants on the initial pitch phase of the design and visitor experience for the NZ Pavilion for the Dubai 2020 World Expo.
This has been an exciting and intense process seeing our consortium reach the final 5 out of a large international submission process - with the overall winner and design as yet to still be confirmed by NZTE.
We have also been working closely with our colleague Jermaine Leef on several exciting 'live' projects - one being developed to hit Hawaii at the end of March.
In amongst all of this our studio has been having a major upgrade and is now ready to move into, which the 'studio' folks are all very excited about! ...and because everyone loves a picture and we're not currently able to share any images of the work we're doing - here's a picture of where we spent some of our January !
This month we started work on an exciting Summer 2017/18 project for Auckland Live.
We also checked in on our Penguins which will be visiting Aotea Square again from June to August .
The ongoing collaboration between Rawstorne Studio / Atamira Dance Co. and the APO continued this month with the premier of AWA as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
AWA is a multi-disciplinary arts spectacle weaving together stories of New Zealand’s sacred rivers and China’s famous Yellow River. Told through contemporary dance and music – the rhythm of Kapa Haka, the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and an 80-strong choir of young artists from schools and communities across Auckland. The amazing extended creative team included - James Duke CP Solutions (fabrication), Jeremy Fern (lighting) and Rowan Pierce (visual effects).
We also continued to work on WOW 2017 and further develop concepts alongside RIOT Games for the League of Legends 'Worlds' event taking place in China at the end of this year.
Great news - Isthmus Group architects won the World Architecture Landscape of the Year 2016 awards for Kopupaka Reserve (Totara Creek) at Westgate.
We were commissioned by Mark Osborne from Auckland Council as the 'Lead Artist' for this project and collaborated with the Isthmus Group on elements of the parkland design.
This has been a WOW month with the 3 week event opening on the 22 September. The World of Wearable Art is NZ's largest and most technically challenging theatrical production, that will see over 50,000 people attend. Robin our Creative Director was Show Designer for this years production.