Wednesday, May 7, 2014

9: AV Mapping of the Ruins of St. Paul's Macao

In class, as the sole example of the colonial baroque in East Asia, we discussed the ruins of St. Paul's in Macao (the former Portuguese trade hub on the pearl river delta, long since supplanted by Hong Kong in importance), and the fact that there is an active Catholic following that still utilize the standing facade as a processional gateway.

If the building had belonged to a much larger complex I would have been satisfied with this answer, but it is not much larger than the stairwell plus the original groundplan of the church. And so I went searching for other uses.

As it turns out, the facade is occasionally used as a backdrop for theatrical performances and for AV display lightshows. Now I had seen such things done with facades in Europe, but never before in Asia, so dont ask me what the following means.

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