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Medialon at The Center of The Universe in New Le Hall des Globes in Paris

Miami (April 9, 2007) — Medialon Manager V3 Lite and V3 Pro systems find themselves at the center of the universe in the new Le Hall des Globes at the BNF (French National Library) in Paris, which showcases the unique Coronelli‘s Globes. Medialon controls lighting, audio and video for the permanent exhibition, which displays 17th-century advances in science and mapmaking via a pair of globes which had been out of the public eye for almost all of the last century.

The globes, one terrestrial and one celestial, were crafted by Franciscan monk and Venetian geographer Vincenzo Coronelli between 1681 and 1683 for French King Louis XIV. The two monumental spheres, the largest ever built at the time, measure 12 meters in circumference and weigh 2.3 tons each. They feature splendid baroque paintings and represent the wealth of geographical and historical information Coronelli had at his disposal.

Architect Jean-Jacques Bravo, Sophie Roulet and the Mostra agency teamed with integrator Julien Ribes from Artabase on the installation of the Hall whose space is divided into two parts. The first offers the public the amazing sight of the enormous globes in a very contemporary “minimalist non-structure.” The spheres are suspended along a practically-invisible axis and offset slightly so visitors can see both globes at the same time. In contrast to the room‘s cherry-red carpet and red velvet curtains, the ceiling is painted black so attention can be focused on the spheres. Subtle lighting, controlled by Medialon, evokes the massive Milky Way.

The second room allows visitors to discover the history of Coronelli‘s Gloves and cartography in general. It features videos, multimedia documents and images of space today, which will evolve over time.

In addition to a Medialon Manager V3 Lite, one V3 Pro is deployed with panel software and another is housed in the main exhibition control room. Medialon controls a total of seven video projectors, 12 PCs, 10 17-inch LCD touchscreens linked to 10 PCs, a 32-inch LCD screen, and a pair of plasma screens. 6 Medialon MIP (Multimedia Interactive Player) have also been installed on the project, as well as a data-processing mixer Octo Quattro from Analog Way.

The exhibition is managed by the Library’s exhibitions department under the direction of Viviane Cabane, Anne-Hélčne Rigogne, Serge Derouault and Paul Roth.

Julien Ribes from ARTABASE commented, “The implementation of the show manager and its network solutions have been critical to the result of this project. The Medialon Manager Panel Show Control Software has been the interface to control all of the audio-visual media.”

About Medialon
Founded in 1992 and based in Europe and in the USA, Medialon designs and distributes software-based control systems for audiovisual equipment and digital media. As a leader in the show-control market, we count among our customers the largest museums in the world (Centre Pompidou, Vulcania, Metropolitan Museum of Art), prestigious theme parks (Futuroscope, Asterix, large US parks) and famous entertainment venues (Lido, Wynn Las Vegas, Apollo Theater NYC).

Manager software allows users to program and synchronize an unlimited number of devices (audio, video, lighting, image processors, special effects, etc). Its programming environment enables the easiest creation of scenarios, from the simplest to the most complex. Designed to be used in networks, it controls the latest-generation equipment over TCP IP. With more than 1000 licenses used daily in the world, it is now the industry standard.

Medialon‘s MIP is a multimedia hardware player which plays any type of digital media: Flash, Mpg, Divx, PPT, JPEG, HTML, URL, etc… with an integrated playlist programming and planning tool. MIP is used for the playback of media, interactive kiosks and digital signage in state-of-the-art museums such as the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

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