The great big mirror dome project 1969 September

Saarinen, Eric


1 film reel (18 min., 30 sec.) : sound, mono, color ; 16 mm.
1 videocassette (18 min., 30 sec.) (Betacam SP) : sound, mono, color ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette (18 min., 30 sec.) (digital Betacam) : sound, mono, color ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette (18 min., 30 sec.) (VHS) : sound, mono, color ; 1/2 in.
This film documents the conception, design, and opening of the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion at Expo '70, Osaka, Japan. It focuses on the model-making and installation of the mirror dome in the pavilion's interior space. E.A.T. Los Angeles and New York jointly organized and administered the large-scale international collaboration to design, build, and program the pavilion. The project was begun in October 1968 by four artists: Robert Breer, Forrest Myers, David Tudor and Robert Whitman. In all, 20 artists and 50 engineers and scientists contributed to the design of the pavilion, which opened in March 1970.
The main space of the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion was a 90-foot diameter, 210-degree spherical mirror made of aluminized mylar. The mirror produced an image resembling a hologram. Due to the mirror's size and shape, spectators could walk around and view the same image from all sides. A sound system designed by David Tudor as an "instrument" with 32 inputs and 37 speakers was installed on the surface of the dome behind the mirror. The floor was divided into ten areas made up of materials such as astroturf, rough wood, slate, tile, and asphalt. Using handsets visitors could hear different sounds on each floor material. The overall effect was of being inside a "sound mirror."..
Director and cinematographer Eric Saarinen is known for his work on feature films, documentaries, and commercials. In 1983 he co-founded Plum Productions with Chuck Sloan.
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Forms part of Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records, Special Collections accession no. 2003.M.12.

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