Codex Dynamic, New York 2012

Dumbo Arts Festival transforms Manhattan into a projection canvas for more than 225,000 spectators.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is an annually recurring festival to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

Held on 28, 29 and 30 September 2012, part of the festival was Codex Dynamic, a large-scale video projection exhibition curated by Leo Kuelbs and John Ensor Parker. Sponsored by Worldstage, the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage and Archway were used as projection surfaces and temporarily transformed by various artists, the theme of the media content being man’s evolving relationship with time and space. The highly successful festival had more than 225,000 people visiting.

The d3 solution

Real-time simulation and playback control was provided by 10 x d3 4U servers; 1 Pure Master, 5 Slaves and 4 Understudies. In total 28 unique d3 outputs were used.

The real-time simulation feature became extremely important not only from a technical point-of-view but foremost for the content creators themselves who immediately could view their content in real-time. Using d3’s Projector Simulation toolkit Worldstage could specify what projectors and what lenses to use meaning all 28 outputs were lined up onsight within 2 nights, by only 2 operators.

As each d3 4U output can reach up to a 2560×1920 resolution, Datapaths x4’s were used for four outputs, enabling 16 × 1280×960 outputs. All the remaining outputs were sending natively 1400×1050 resolutions.

16 Christie Digital Roadster S+10K-M projectors were used for the inside tunnel mapping along with 4 Christie HD 10K-M projectors for the PIP windows and single-channel video inside the tunnel and 6 Roadster S+16K projectors handled the outside wall and archway.


Tour/Event Name:

Codex Dynamic


Show Producer:

Farkas Fülöp
Leo Kuelbs
John Ensor Parker

Animations by:

Integrated Visions
John Ensor Parker & Glowing Bulbs

d3 server provider:


d3 project setup:

David Bajt, d3 Technologies

d3 operator:

Nils Pormann, Luke Collins

System Integrator:

Nationwide Video Equipment Rental


d3 gear:

1 x d3 4U v2.5 Pure Master
7 x d3 4U v2.5 Slave
2 x d3 4U v2.5 Understudy


16 x Christie S+10K-M
4 x Christie HD 10K-M
6 x Roadster S+16K