Deep Time is an epic, outdoor, public artwork, bringing together spectacular animation, lighting and music, and delving deep into 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history.
This dazzling opening to the 2016 festival season is set to a specially compiled soundtrack of music by Scottish rock band Mogwai and is produced by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the acclaimed Harmonium Project that launched the 2015 International Festival.
Edinburgh-born James Hutton is considered the father of modern geology: it was Hutton who in the 18th century proposed that the Earth was billions of years old, drawing on evidence he found in the city around him. Deep Time celebrates Edinburgh as the city that inspired our understanding of the world’s deep history, and Hutton’s ideas of discovery and logic through the prism of time and geology. And in Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Deep Time also reflects on Edinburgh Castle, one of the longest continually inhabited sites in Scotland – from a Bronze Age settlement to the spectacular edifice we see today, across almost 3,000 years of Scottish history.
Promising trailblazing technology, narrative drama and emotional storytelling, Deep Time embraces the work of academics from across science, arts and humanities, celebrating the wonders and beauties of the natural, the geological and the man-made, exploring the very foundations of Edinburgh itself.
59 Productions combine technology and art to tell amazing stories. They created the video design for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, celebrated the 500-year history of Hampton Court Palace by retelling its five centuries of history using projections, music and pyrotechnics, and won a Tony Award for their animation and projections for Broadway production, An American in Paris.