Schlagwort-Archive: Lichtästhetik

LEASING THE SKY – MEGA & SPECIAL EVENTS – PRODUCED BY ASTERIS KUTULAS

MEGA & SPECIAL EVENTS 1999 – 2010

Gert Hof 2008, Berliner Philharmonie, Photo © by Anja Pietsch

DIRECTED BY GERT HOF (1951-2012)

& PRODUCED BY ASTERIS KUTULAS

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WASHINGTON HOLOCAUST MUSEUM – „MAUTHAUSEN“

US HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, OCTOBER 28TH 1999


MUSIC COMPOSED BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS


PERFORMED BY MARIA FARANTOURI


Light & Stage Design by Gert Hof


Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington


Promoted by Peter Pappas

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Photo by © Mihalis Patsouras

ATHENS – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT

ACROPOLIS, DECEMBER 31ST 1999

MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Greek Ministry of Culture & the Municipality of Athens

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming Fireworks & Pyro Hans-Georg Kehse

Light Equipment Helicon GmbH Berlin

Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Feuerwerke GmbH Berlin

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

BERLIN – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT

VICTORY COLUMN BERLIN, DECEMBER 31ST 1999

MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY MIKE OLDFIELD

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Event General Management by Asteris Kutulas

Programming & Operators Jens Probst & Gerry Appelt

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

Fireworks Nico Feuerwerk GmbH

Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin

Produced by Achim Perleberg & Egon Banghardt

An Art in Heaven Production

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Photo by © Sven Treder

FERROPOLIS – THE CITY OF STEEL

OPENING CELEBRATION, JULY 16TH 2000

MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art & Video Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Expo 2000 Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH & the Government of Sachsen-Anhalt

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Stephan Aue

Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Feuerwerke GmbH Berlin

Light Equipment & Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin

Space Cannon Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

BUDAPEST – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT

1000 YEARS OF HUNGARY, AUGUST 20TH 2000

MUSIC BY ROBERT ERDESZ

Art & Video Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Event General Management & Production Asteris Kutulas

Produced by Asteris Kutulas, Happy End Kft. & Art in Heaven GmbH for the Government of Hungary

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall

Programming & Operator Stephan Aue

Technical Direction & Local Support Multimedia (Europe) Ltd.

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin, Director: Gerd Helinski

Pyro & Fireworks Boom Boom Productions, California

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Photo by © Sven Treder

BEIJING – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT

CHINA MILLENNIUM MONUMENT, DECEMBER 31ST 2000

MUSIC BY KLAUS SCHULZE

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Event Management & Production Asteris Kutulas

Produced by Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Co., Beijing Television, Shanghai Eastern Television, Art in Heaven GmbH & Asteris Kutulas for the Chinese Government

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall & LogistiX

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Stephan Aue

Space Cannon Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

Light, Laser & Neon Equipment Gehua Beijing

Pyro & Fireworks Ikebun Co. Ltd. Japan

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Photo by © Nikos Boutsikos

NIGHT OF THE EURO

SYNTAGMA SQUARE ATHENS, DECEMBER 31ST 2001

MUSIC BY PERICLES KOUKOS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Athens

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Dimitris Koutoulas

Programming & Operator Stephan Aue

Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens

Light Equipment Ultraschall OHG

Technical Direction Multimedia (Europe) Ltd.

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

DRESDEN SHINES AGAIN – THE BENEFIT EVENT

SEMPER OPERA HOUSE, DECEMBER 7TH 2002

MUSIC BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the State of Saxony

A Light Monuments Production

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Berlin

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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ATHENS – DAY OF EUROPE

THE ACROPOLIS EVENT, MAY 9TH 2003

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS & PERFORMED BY GEORGE DALARAS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the General Governor of Athens and Piraeus, the European Commission, the Greek Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament

A Light Monuments Production

Event Coordination Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Director Harald Günthert

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Artist Management Anna Dalaras

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens

Local Production Art Hellas Athens

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Photo by © Guido Karp

ATLANTIC CITY – LIGHTS OF FREEDOM

THE TRUMP TAJ MAHAL EVENT, JULY 26TH 2003

MUSIC BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Donald Trump Organization

Event Coordination Michael B. Sladden

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Production Management Ed Puntin

Light Equipment Syncrolite, LP Dallas

Pyro & Fireworks by Grucci, Inc.

A Light Monuments Production

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

MOSCOW – DAY OF CITY CELEBRATION

THE RED SQUARE EVENT, SEPTEMBER 6TH 2003

MUSIC COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY THE SCORPIONS

& THOMAS ANDERS

Art Director, Light, Neon, Laser & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Municipality of Moscow

A Light Monuments Production

Co-Produced by Multimedia International Budapest & JSA Moscow

Event Coordination Alexander Strizhak

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Valery Feofanow

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Production Management Kostya Bryanka

Production Coordination Gleb Kharchenko

Stage & Local Production JSA Moscow

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg (Space Cannons)

Light Equipment A & O Bremen (Syncrolite)

Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest

Pyro & Fireworks Piro Show Moscow

Laser Equipment Laser Kinetiks Moscow

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo by © Guido Karp

PIRAEUS – HARBOR OF THE WORLD

OCTOBER 18TH 2003

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Light, Laser & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Governor of Piraeus

Executive Producers Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Production Management Renos Varlas

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens

Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz Berlin

Laser Equipment Laser Design Athens

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

Stage & Local Production New Sound & Light Ltd. Athens

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

POZNAN – THE OLD BREWERY OPENING EVENT

NOVEMBER 5TH 2003

MUSIC COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY KLAUS SCHULZE

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for Fortis Sp. z o.o. & Grazyna Kulczyk

Co-Produced by Viva Art Music Warsaw

Event Coordination Marek Szpendowski

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming Jens Probst

Operator Jan Schröter

Production Coordination Marek Debski

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Pyro & Fireworks Pyro Art Berlin

Stage & Local Production Viva Art Music Warsaw

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

ISCHGL – THE LIGHT

WINTER OPENING EVENT, NOVEMBER 28TH 2003

MUSIC BY GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL & PERFORMED BY AMICI FOREVER

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Tourismusverband Ischgl

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall

Event Coordination Andrew Zweck

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Production Management Steffen Brandt (Procon)

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Helium Balloons Helicon GmbH

Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Berlin

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Photo by © Jens Rötzsch

BERLIN – EUROPEAN ACCESSION NIGHT

THE GENDARMENMARKT EVENT, APRIL 30TH 2004

MUSIC BY PETER THOMAS

PERFORMED BY JOCELYN B. SMITH & THE SCHÖNEBERGER SÄNGERKNABEN

Art Director, Light, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Presidents of the European Parliament (Pat Cox), the European Commission (Romano Prodi) & the European Council (Bertie Ahern)

Event Coordination Stephan Reichenberger

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest

Fireworks Flash Art GmbH

Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

MALTA – WELCOME EUROPE

THE FORT ST. ANGELO EVENT, MAY 1ST 2004

MUSIC BY ROGER WATERS

Art Director, Laser, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the “Welcome Europe” Consortium, the Maltese Government and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall

Event Coordination Andrew Zweck & Nigel Camillieri

Technical Director Steffen Brandt

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Programming Laser Daniel Brune

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Projections E/T/C UK Ltd. & Ross Ashton

Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH

Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz

Fireworks & Pyro Coordination Felix Wolff

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

Producers & Local Partner NnG Promotions

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MOTÖRHEAD – STAGE FRIGHT

PHILIPSHALLE DUSSELDORF, DECEMBER 7TH 2004

PERFORMED BY MOTÖRHEAD

Stage & Light Design Gert Hof

Executive Producer Ulrike Rudolph for SPV

Gert Hof Management & Production by Asteris Kutulas for SPV

Production Manager Steffen Brandt

Technical & Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

An SPV Production

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

NUREMBERG – THE CCN EVENT

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONGRESS CENTRE EAST, APRIL 17TH 2005

MUSIC BY SERGEJ RACHMANINOW

Art Director, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Congress Centre Nuremberg

Technical Director Steffen Brandt

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

GALLIPOLI (TURKEY) – IN MEMORIAM SON ET LUMIERE

THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANZAC DAY, APRIL 25TH 2005

MUSIC BY TOMASO ALBINONI

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Australian Government

Event Coordination Andrew Zweck

Technical Director Steffen Brandt

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Daniel Schwartz

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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MAGDEBURG – HEAVEN SYMPHONY

MAGDEBURG CATHEDRAL, CELEBRATION OF THE 1,200 YEARS OF MAGDEBURG, MAY 7TH 2005

MUSIC BY HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, ANTONIO VIVALDI, GIACOMO PUCCINI, CARL ORFF & THE SCORPIONS

Art Director, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Municipality of Magdeburg

Technical Director Michael Casper

Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

Production, Light Equipment, Sound & Stage Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

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ATHENS – TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP

THE TOWN HALL ATHENS EVENT, JUNE 11TH 2005

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Municipality of Athens

Event Coordination Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Director Spiros Nanos

Programming & Operator Pavlos Nanos

Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens

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Photo © by Jens Rötzsch

OMAN – LIGHT FROM THE ARAB WORLD

THE 35TH NATIONAL DAY & REIGN ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MAJESTY SULTAN QABOOS

MUSCAT, NOVEMBER 22ND 2005

MUSIC BY CHRISTIAN STEINHAEUSER

Art Director, Light, Laser, Boat & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Event Concept Dimitris Tziotis/ Cleverbank Athens

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Government of Oman

Production Coordination Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Director Steffen Brandt

Production Management Norman Bauer

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Programming Fireworks & Pyro Markus Katterle

Programming Laser Daniel Brune

Boat Coordinator Gerd Helinski

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Fireworks FlashArt GmbH

Laser laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

Projections Ross Ashton – E/T/C UK Ltd.

Sound Equipment Black Box Music Berlin

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Photo © Ralph Larmann

ATHENS – LIGHTING UP THE STARS

OPENING EVENT OF THE “MALL”, NOVEMBER 24TH 2005

MUSIC BY RAMMSTEIN

Art Director, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Orama Organization

Executive Producer Dimitris Koutoulas

Technical Directors Ulli Klug & Steffen Brandt

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

Additional Light Equipment Black Box Music Berlin

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Nanos Fireworks Athens

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

BOZEN (ITALY) – THE VOLCANO

OPENING EVENT OF THE MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM SIGMUNDSKRON, JUNE 9TH 2006

Art Director & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas

Technical Director Sven Asamoa

Programming & Operator Sven Asamoa

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Daniel Schwartz

Local coordination Felix Wolff

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

DRESDEN – „THE GREEN DIAMOND“

RE-OPENING EVENT OF THE GREENERY VAULT, OLD CASTLE, SEPTEMBER 9TH 2006

MUSIC BY J.S.BACH

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming Jens Probst

Laser programming Daniel Brune

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Light Equipment A&O Lighting GmbH & Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Anja Pietsch

LVIV (UKRAINE) – THE 750TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, SEPTEMBER 30TH 2006

MUSIC COMPOSED & CONDUCTED BY RUSLANA

Art Director, Light, Laser, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Lviv

Production coordination Norman Bauer

Technical Director Steffen Brandt

Light Operator Jens Probst

Local Logistics Manager Taras Shykh

Fireworks Director Markus Katterle

Pyro Director Sven Asamoa

Laser Programming Daniel Brune

Light Equioment Procon MultiMedia AG

Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser gmbH

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

DUSSELDORF – 60 YEARS OF UNICEF GALA

LTU ARENA, OCTOBER 23TH 2006

MUSIC BY JOHN LENNON

PERFORMED BY SENAIT MEHARI & HENNING SCHMIEDT

Art Director & Laser Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for UNICEF

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Laser Programming Daniel Brune

Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

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Photo by © Jens Rötzsch

DRESDEN – RE-OPENING CEREMONY RAILWAY CENTRAL STATION

NOVEMBER 10TH 2006

MUSIC BY JAN GARBAREK

Art Director, Neon, Pyro & Laser Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Deutsche Bahn AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Laser programming Daniel Brune

Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Pyro Effects ars agens berlin

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Photo by © Guido Karp

SOFIA – THE WELCOME EUROPE EVENT

BATENBERG SQUARE, DECEMBER 31ST 2006

Art Director, Light, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Government of Bulgaria

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Light Operator Jens Probst

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Ivan Nestorov

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Guido Karp

HAMBURG – AidaDIVA CHRISTENING CEREMONY

HAMBURG HARBOR, APRIL 20TH 2007

MUSIC BY WESTBAM & CHRISTIAN STEINHAEUSER

Concept, artistic direction, light, laser, fireworks & pyro design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Aida Cruises AG

Production Manager & Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Coordination by Massine Productions GmbH, Berlin

Production Manager for Procon MultiMedia AG Michael Casper

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Programming & Operator Laser Daniel Brune

Programming Fireworks & Pyro Effects Markus Katterle

Production Manager Fireworks & Pyro Effects Konrad Kuschel

Technical Director Fireworks & Pyro Effects Holger Behrens

Sound Director Klaus Rahe

Boat Coordination Dimitris Koutoulas

Production, Light & Sound Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG, Hamburg

Fireworks & Pyro Effects Flashart GmbH, Bielefeld

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

BERLIN – THE HUGO BOSS AFTER SHOW PARTY

OPENING FASHION WEEK BERLIN

RUSSIAN EMBASSY BERLIN, JULY 12TH 2007

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Hugo Boss AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Nowadays Production Coordination Volker Scherz

Light Equipment A&O Lighting Technology GmbH

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Pyro Effects Asamoa Agens

Hugo Boss Production Nowadays GmbH

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

HAMBURG – THE HUGO BOSS BOAT CHRISTENING

SEPTEMBER 18TH 2007

MUSIC BY WESTBAM

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Hugo Boss AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Laser Programming Daniel Brune

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

Coordination by Massine Production GmbH

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VILNIUS – OPENING CEREMONY VILNIUS GATES

OCTOBER 26TH 2007

MUSIC BY LINAS RIMSA

Fireworks, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas

Technical Director Norman Bauer

Production Manager Konrad Kuschel

Fireworks & Pyro Programming Felix Wolff

Fireworks & Laserequipment FLASH ART Gmbh

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Photo by © Anja Pietsch

ANTWERP & ARNHEM – ANOUK LIVE IN CONCERT

MARCH 2008

MUSIC BY ANOUK

Light & Stage Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for Live Nation Holland

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Light Director Steffen Brandt

Production Management Flip van Ommeren

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG & A&O Lighting

A Live Nation Holland Production

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

DORTMUND – COLOSSEUM OF LIGHT

CLOSING-EVENT OF THE LOVEPARADE

JULY 19TH 2008

MUSIC BY WESTBAM

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Loveparade

Technical Director Gerd Helinski

Programming & Operator Jens Probst

Laser Programming Daniel Brune

Light Equipment A&O Lighting GmbH Bremen

Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

Fireworks & Pyro Effects Elements Entertainment GmbH

Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

Coordination by Massine Production GmbH

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

VILNIUS – 1000 YEARS OF LITHUANIA & EUROPEAN CULTURAL CAPITAL 2009 CELEBRATION

CATHEDRAL SQUARE, JANUARY 1ST 2009

MUSIC BY VYTAUTAS JURGUTIS

Art Director, Light, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Government of Lithuania

Local Producers Linas Ryskus & Giedre Zemaitiene

Production & Logistics Director Norman Bauer

Light Operator Andre Grohmann / tenfeet Deutschland

Technical Director Procon MultiMedia AG Ingo Gaebel

Technical Director Flash Art Felix Wolff

Technical Director Pyro Sven Asamoa

Local Production Manager Renata Krapikaite

Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH

Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel

BERLIN – CANTO GENERAL


KONZERTHAUS AM GENDARMENMARKT, OCTOBER 5TH 2009


MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS


PERFORMED BY MARIA FARANTOURI, RAINER SCHEERER, CONCERT CHOIR BERLIN, SINGAKADEMIE NIEDERSACHSEN, CONCERT ORCHESTRA BERLIN, CONDUCTED BY CLAUS-ULRICH HEINKE


Artistic Direction & Light Design by Gert Hof


Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)


Promoted by Stephan Gorol


Technical Director Mathias Jung




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Photo by © Ralph Larmann

JERUSALEM – LIGHT FESTIVAL OPENING  
 & ISRAEL MUSIC FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY

SULTAN’S POOL, JERUSALEM, JUNE 6TH 2010


MUSIC PERFORMED BY JERUSALEM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY SAMUEL GAL ALTEROVICH


Artistic Direction & Light Design by Gert Hof


Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Jerusalem


Director & Coordinator Light Festival Eduardo Huebscher


Light Operator Ofer Brum


Light Equipment Gil Teichmann Company

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many thanks from my heart to Nina & Wanja Hof.

Asteris Kutulas, June 3rd 2019

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We give MUCH THANKS to our partners, above all Achim Perleberg in Bochum, Tim Dowdall in Budapest, Sebastian Turner, Markus Mahren, Westbam, Peter Massine and Rainer Schaller in Berlin, Morten Carlsson and Jens Zimmermann in Hamburg, Andrew Zweck in London, Rafaela Wilde in Cologne, Marek Szpendowski in Warsaw, Michael Sladden in New York, Alexander Strizhak in Moscow, Dimitris Koutoulas, Vassilis Riziotis, Dimitra Rodopoulou and Dimitris Tziotis in Athens, Gerhard Seltmann in Magdeburg, Udo Hoffman and Sun Xiangyan in Beijing, Stephan Reichenberger in München, Michael Shurygin in St. Petersburg, Gil Teichmann in Tel Aviv und Eduardo Hübscher in Jerusalem, Stephan Gorol in Bonn, Linas Ryskus in Vilnius, Michael Thamm in Rostock, Robert van Ommen in Amsterdam, Ruslana in Kiew, Ivan Nestorov in Sofia and Tewe Pannier in Dubai. Without them the events that were documented here would not have been possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Many thanks to our partners, friends and colleagues Peter Amend, Anton Attard, Anouk, Petra Bandmann, Bruno Baiardi, Laci Borsos, Giovanni Broccu, Jack Calmes, Nigel Camillieri, Michael Casper, Scott Cooper, Anna & George Dalaras, Rene Dame, Sven Dierkes, Thomas Erbach, Maria Farantouri, Klaus Feith, Valery Feofanow, Knut Foeckler, Mike Finkelstein, Matthias Frickel, Christine Friedrich, Toni Froschhammer, Tim Geladaris, Steve Gietka, Jörn Gläske, Thilo Goos, Phil Grucci, Anne Hansen, Laszlo Hegedüsz, Andreas Heine, Christoph Heubner, Wolfgang Hörner, Klaus Jankuhn, Alexandros Karozas, Hans-Georg Kehse, Joey Kelly, Pericles Koukos, Alexander Koutoulas, Ina Kutulas, Dominika Kulczyk, Hansjörg Kunze, Marcus Kurz, Ralph Larmann, Denis Leonov, Till Lindemann, Sabina Linke, Panos Livadas, Zülfü Livaneli, Peter Madai, Jannis Mihas, Gerda Milpacher, Pavlos Nanos, Ivan Nestorov, Marco Niedermeier, Nikos Moraitis, Mike Oldfield, Fotis Papathanassiou, Rena Parmenidou, Anja Pietsch, Linda Powers, Alkistis Protopsalti, Ramin Rachel, Theodoros Roussopoulos, Lutz Rainer-Seidel, Rammstein, Peter Reiner, Uta Richter, Jens Rötzsch, Savas Savas, Scorpions, Susanne Schäfer, Volker Scherz, Henning Schmiedt, Klaus Schulze, Daniel Schwartz, Oliver Schwarzkopf, Melanie Sievers, Thanos Stavropoulos, Christian Steinhäuser, Andrea Szabo, Mikis Theodorakis, John Totaro, Donald Trump, Christine Uckert, Spiros Vergos, Matthias Weinert, Sabine Wenzel, Michael Wilde, Roger Waters, Arne Weingart, Elisabeth Wülfing, Giedre Zemaitiene

& especially

Sven Asamoa, Ross Ashton, Norman Bauer, Steffen Brandt, Daniel Brune, Gerd Helinski, Guido Karp, Markus Katterle, Spiros Nanos, Jens Probst & Oliver Schwendke

A&O Lighting Bremen, Art Hellas Athens, Art in Heaven GmbH, Bauer Concept Berlin, Black Box Music Berlin, Cleverbank Athens, Ellinika Petrelea, Esernyo Kft. Budapest, E/T/C UK Ltd. Projecting London, FansUNITED GmbH, FX Factory Berlin, Gil Teichmann Company, Helicon GmbH, Intracom Athens, JSA Moscow, Jerusalem Municipality, laserfabrik showlaser, Kulczyk Tradex Sp. z.o.o., Lufthansa-Büro Dresden, Maltese Government, Multimedia International Budapest, Nanos Fireworks Athens, Government of Oman, OPAP Athens, Orama Athens, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg, Pyro-Art Berlin, Sensible Events London, Silvretta Seilbahn AG, Scholz & Friends AG, Skoda Auto Polska S.A., Space Canon Italy, TuiR Warta S.A., Tourismusverband Ischgl, Trump Organization

Gert Hof & Asteris Kutulas, 2010

 

Gert Hof: Regisseur, Lichtarchitekt, Künstler

 

On the road with a friend (1998 bis 2012)

Als ich Gert 1998 bei einem Theodorakis-Projekt in Berlin kennenlernte, schien er mir irgendwie abgehoben und gleichermaßen bodenständig, arrogant, ein Arbeiter vor dem Herrn, unfreundlich, einnehmend, sehr konkret in seinen Vorstellungen, divenhaft, genialisch.

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Mich beeindruckten jedenfalls seine unachahmliche Art und seine konsequenten Denkstrukturen, und wir beschlossen, weiter zusammenzuarbeiten. Gert entpuppte sich als Kontrollfreak, als Seismograph für menschliche Verhaltensmuster. Egal, ob es um Verhandlungen mit unseren verschiedenen Partnern ging oder um die Planung eines nächsten Events – er lehrte mich, das Panoptikum menschlicher Unzulänglichkeiten klar zu erkennen. Seine bohrenden und gnadenlosen Fragen über jedes Detail, sein Analytikerhirn, brachten nach kürzester Zeit die wahren Fähigkeiten – und vor allem Unfähigkeiten – vieler unserer Partner zutage. Ich hasste ihn für diese offenbarende Art, gewöhnte mich aber schnell daran, mich in der Arbeit einsam zu fühlen. Die Luft in der Liga, in der wir zu arbeiten begannen, das merkte ich bald, war sehr dünn. Ich musste, durch Gert dazu getrieben, viele Entscheidungen treffen, die mein Leben veränderten. In den ersten Monaten unserer Zusammenarbeit dachte ich oft, Gert sei größenwahnsinnig, bis ich mich seinem Größenwahn anschloss.

Denn Gert hatte mir, gleich als wir uns kennenlernten, sein Konzept einer gigantischen Lichtschow erläutert. Ich begriff, dass tatsächlich weltweit noch keine Eventform existierte – außer der des Feuerwerks -, die von Hunderttausenden oder gar Millionen live miterlebt werden konnte. Es gab zwar Mega-Konzerte, bei denen Laser und Licht eingesetzt wurden, aber keine Show, die die Möglichkeit bot, eine ganze Stadt einzubeziehen und zu entertainen. Monate später, nach unseren Events in Berlin, Athen, Budapest und Peking, konnten dann alle, die das erlebt hatten, feststellen, dass selbst die größten Musikshows winzig wirkten im Vergleich zu dem, was wir inzwischen realisiert hatten.


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Und ich erkannte, dass nicht das gewaltige Equipment diese Schows so außerordentlich machte, sondern der Umstand, daß wir es hier mit einer INSZENIERUNG zu tun hatten, die mehrere Elemente (u.a. Musik, Pyrotechnik, Neonarchitektur, Feuerwerk, Licht, Heliumballons, Statisten) vereinte. Viel wichtiger als die Hardware waren also das kreative Potenzial im migränegeplagten Kopflabor von Gert, seine 25jährige Theater-Erfahrung, seine über 20jährige Arbeit im Musik- und Filmgeschäft, seine architektonischen Visionen.


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Denn es gab in der vor-hofschen Ära keine ausgeprägte „Ästhetik des Lichts“ – jedenfalls nicht in dieser Dimension und schon gar nicht im Outdoor-Event-Bereich -, vor 1999 interessierte sich keiner für dieses Phänomen, außer in Gesprächen über Dritte-Reich-Symbolik. Das „Licht“ führte ein Nischendasein. Gert hat es davon befreit, er befreite es auch aus der speerschen-nationalsozialistischen Umarmung, er machte es „hof“fähig für die moderne Kunst, fürs Entertainment, verlieh ihm die visionäre Kraft einer „Architektur am Himmel“, er schuf in gewisser Weise ein neues Kunstgenre, und er brachte es in die Feuilletons. Das ist vielleicht Gerts größtes Verdienst – er hat den Weg frei gemacht.

Well done, my friend, well done …

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