Welcome to SpaceShaping.net; a blog site to follow the creative career of Niko Mantele. I use a variety of mixed media and light systems to create stunning and magical special event environments and permanent art installations. I am honored to work with a small team of skilled craftspeople and technicians. Together we are SpaceShaping.net… where the possibilities are possible and creativity takes organized form.
Catching my breath… It’s been one of the most slamming summers of my life. Moving this operation to San Fransisco was not a small undertaking. It’s pretty clear my blog has been neglected – but not for long! I just updated the gallery with lots of new pictures of this season works. Soon I will have up the corresponding blog entries. So stay tuned ; )
Space Shaping is happy to be providing impeccable soft goods support to one of our favorite large scale artists, Carey Thompson. Cary has designed a handful of gorgeous portal entry facades for this years Electric Forrest Festival in Rothbury Michigan. Space Shaping will be crafting the fabric elements that bring these facades to life. Very pleased to be supporting Carey and getting to be involved with this legendary festival!
Come out and support the legendary Camp Nexus as they raise dallar billz to help bring the Pyrosphere back to life in 2013! Space Shaping is excited to be bringing lots of red and black (one of our most fave color combo’s) props to style out the party! Thanks everyone at Nexus for getting us involved. Very pleased to be connected finally after so many years of admiring your hard work. See you soon!
Guess the only thing that’s constant is change right? Well that’s our theory anyhow. We have picked up and packed the pieces that made our shop in Oregon tic and have now completed the enormous task of transplanting the Space Shaping facility to South San Fransisco! After years of commuting south to gigs in Cali the time has come to shorten the trip. We are settled into a super sexy spot with ultra high ceiling and tons of space for testing and creating new concepts. We are very happy to share this spot with the US offices of PK Sound. This new location puts us in the heart of west coast music culture!
Excited to get started on San Francisco’s festival season with the 14th annual How Weird Street Faire! The theme this year is “Weirdi Gras” and the Space Shaping team be getting down on some inner dimensional Marti Gras deco styles for the Pulse crews stage! If you’re in the city come check out this party for sure. Thanks to everyone at Pulse for getting us involved. We’ll rock the deco hard for ya!
We are very excited to be providing large scale decorative shade systems for this years Envision Festival happening Uvita Costa Rica! The Space Shaping crew is in charge of a total of 4 areas of shade coverage. As well will be providing Carey Thompson with precession stretch panels that rig up to his signature bamboo stage array design loved by so many.
These precision stretch panels will be mounted at the live music stage on a bamboo structure designed by Carey Thompson, the creator of Galactivation. These panels will act as decorative projector screens to be mapped and then projected onto by Lucid Technology Design. At the very center of this surreal stage lies huge rear surface projection screen. We will be making the screen and Jonathan Singer will be displaying his dreamy projection art onto it with a high power projector system!
Two of the shade systems we are bringing are made from formed shade cloth panels. These panels provide a 80% sun block and are semi wind transparent (a very durable option for events looking for functional and elegant shade fast). They are made from ivory colored high quality shade cloth material and have formed concave curves cut into the perimeters to add style and allow for a wrinkle free setup. One of these shade cloth shade systems is made from 4 large right triangles that together form into a shade square. The other is made from 2 large diamond panels. These shade systems will be mounted up on bamboo verticals tensioned back with cable ways. All together these 2 shade structures will provide the event with 3,600 sq ft of luxurious coverage!
Our other 2 shade structures are made from high quality 4 way stretch fabric. These panels consist of multiple different colors of stretch fabric sewn into complete panels and finished with extra wide black borders. The first structure is made from 4 very large panels and the second structure is made from 8 medium panels. Again both structures are mounted up on bamboo verticals tensioned back with cable ways. All together these 2 shade structures will provide the event with 3,200 sq ft of luxurious and decorative coverage!
So far it has been a fantastic experience working with the entire crew of the Envision Festival. The overall smoothness of the pre-event coordination always directly correlates to how the actual gig will pan out for both us and the general public as well. If you apply that formula here, we are certainly in for a remarkable experience at this years Envision festival in sunny and tropical Costa Rica! See you all very soon and don’t forget to smile .
Working with the Pulse crew was a very enjoyable experience. From start to finish all details where attended to and the event that was birthed from all our hard work was remarkable! We built a new deco system that I am calling our 3D Mandalas. You can see that the 3D Mandala is made of 2 layers. The upper layer is actually a 3D Mandala and the bottom layer is 2D. In the future we will be making the bottom layers 3D as well! I was very happy with how this turned out. I see making these out of white and putting LED’s with Pixel control on the inside to fully activate the fabrics (and the show). Perhaps add a projector to that as well…? So many amazing large scale party art options! I love it. Thanks Pulse crew for having us down. We will see you soon when we transplant to the bay Feb 1st!
A sincere and humble thanks to everyone involved in creating Fractal Nation camp in Black Rock City at this years Burning Man Festival. Space Shaping crew had the pleasure of working with some of communities finest. On either side of the dance floor stood an art dome. Welcoming burners was the first dome organized by Tribe 13 Gallery featuring art by Android Jones and many fine others. In the middle as you flowed onto the dance floor you found the GeoPod by SpaceShaping.net. The spherical geodesic enclosure acted as a sealed and temperature controlled front of house video and light control booth. Intersecting the Geopod was a shade cover created by Guild Works. At the front of the dance floor was a bamboo facade by Carey Thompson that we had the pleasure of co-creating by adding the bordered stretch fabric panels into. Covering the stages where 2 SaddleSpan tents that we installed custom video screens inside of. Next as you passed the dance floor you wound your way into the MAPS dome featuring the art work of Alex Grey and a 2 story high circular second level. All and all it was a vast experience for the public to interact with and was a made possible by the collaboration of so many smart workers.
I must be frank here. Never before have I worked with such a crew/family of loving and sincere people. My experience and the experience of my setup/strike crew was nothing short of magical. Thank you Fractal Nation for setting a standard of chill yet firm coordination as we all held it down this year.
After what could perhaps have been my best burn to date (out of 13) I feel like I have certainly deepened my connection with this extended family of wonderful fractilian creatures. My crew and I look forward to building incredible collaborations in the future and are tremendously grateful for the experience.
Very happy yo be involved with the first year of WTF?, a sure hit for the 2012 festie circuit. We will be providing shade with our new hi tech 90% uv proof shade sails. So don’t worry about plenty of places to chill out and get out of the suns daytime rays. As well we will doing deco in sever spots that will feature elements from our 2012 3D tension fabric collection. Finally, to add icing to the cake, we will be projection litho patterns and color washes on the surrounding canyon walls with our new Hi End Systems – Cyber Light Turbos! Come enjoy WTF? with us this year!
The time is growing ever closer… time to get dusty at Burning Man 2012. SpaceShaping.net crew is down to weather the element as we participate in this years FractalNation camp. FractalNation provides a dynamic, full-sensory, art, music and performance destination with daytime and nighttime programming. Details are still getting sorted, however rest assured this playa proven destination is gearing up for some big time magic! Thanks you FractalNation for having SpaceShaping.net crew on board. We are excited and ready to extend our skills with fabric as we integrate into this years remarkable experience
Had a life changing time at this years Symbiosis Pyramid Eclipse. We did the fabrics on the Eclipse main stage. Fabrics where mounted from a 90′ by 90′ base by 57′ tall pyramid. Specialized fabric panels where created with cable through ways around perimeters and heavy gusseting on the corners to provide wind resistance like never before seen. It all worked according to plan. When the big winds came our products stayed snug in place. As well we created massive 60′ by 30′ shade sails above the main stage. This provided decor and shade above performers heads. Thanks Symbiosis for all you do and the energy you poor into this. Deep thanks and gratitude.
After jump starting the season early with tropical festival Envision, we are happy to announce Symbiosis as our second event of the year. We will be weaving magical large scale fabric mandalas in order to breath beauty and intention into the glitch/future music/band stage. Working in harmony with some of the industries leading fabricators we will collectively manifest massive magic for all to participate in and enjoy. Won’t you join us at Symbiosis Pyramid Eclipse May 17th-21st in Pyramid Lake NV.
Envision 2012 is now complete and this recap is being written from beach side in sunny Costa Rica as I reminisce in the afterglow of this magical event. Things got off to a slow start for the Space Shaping crew. A monster heat with elevated precipitation levels had us at a dead halt during the middle part of the day. We found ourselves waking up at 5:00am to start setup and have some work done before the inevitable heat wave swept us all into our off site air conditioned cabinas. We would continue setup at 4:30pm until sundown. The heat slowed everyone down but eventually this high energy event broke though. It has truly been a while since I have seen such a collection of yummness in one spot! The people, the art, the music, the decorations and the setting – all remarkable unto themselves. This years Envision Festival had all the right ingredients!
Evens like this is where SpaceShaping.net really shines. One of our multifaceted goals is to create deco pieces that make a large impact yet pack down small and travel light. This was the perfect opportunity for such a mission. We setup 2 installations at the event. Just as you walked in the gate to your left we setup the Hexa-Pod – a six sided tent / gathering space based off the flower of life on constructed of modular 3D spandex panels. On the path way between the 2 main zones of the event we setup 5 meter tall (15ft) 3D Spires each with 9 watt RGB LEDs inside! All the deco went up in 2 days (of half work because of the heat) and packed onto 3 50pound suitcases.
Envision has come and gone and now left a wonderful imprint on the hearts of many people. Thanks to all the people who made the gears tick on this one. You are all warriors and you pulled it off! Congratulations Envision crew! We will see you next year (ps we want to decorate our own stage next year).
Glad to have been a part of Snow Globe 2011 New Years Monster Party in Tahoe. This event was incredible and went totally off the hook. SpaceShaping.net did deco on the Sierra stage 2. We used our New Crystal Sires and a few of our Snow Flakes to transform this room into it’s own little Snow Globe Scene! The Snow Globe Crew along with all members of Rythm EFX and AEG where a pleasure to work with. My only complaint was that our Crystal Spires could have been integrated into the lighting plot a little better thus showing more of their form from the audience view.
Otherwise could not have thought of a better way to spend our integration into 2012. This event puts us one step closer to our goal of seeing our innovative Stretch Fabric Stage props at massive parties every weekend! We look forward to rocking 2012 super hard! Thanks Snow Globe!!!
Everything from start ot finish with V2 was impeccable. Great communication and professional atmosphere all around – not to mention they know hot to throw a party! We had a great time in SLC and brought the deco hard. Got lots of great feedback from the public at the show. We featured our new internally lit Crystal Spires, a 24 Snow Flake ceiling and a massive visual screen! My brother Andrew Mataus come out and rocked the setup with me. It always helps to have solid SpaceShaping.net crew in the mix.
It was a pleasure to work with Show Gear, a SLC based lighting crew. They helped us with per-organizing scaff structures to rig our Crystal Spires from. As well poppin’ light rig!
Thanks V2 for having us out. We look forward to all the next events coming up in the future and have a steady stream of massive new ideas that will bring the vibe hard!
Oh and Porter Robinson was the hotness!
Had a great year at the burn working with Temple of Boom (TOB) to create the Rights of Zion stage. We designed the GeoPod performance space specially for this event. It was a geodesic sphere with internal wrap around table, temperature control and dust proof cover! As well we did the 3D tension fabric Spires you see all around the stage. It was incredible to work with these guys. Thanks TOB for having us.
We where very pleased to be involved with this incredible festival. This was the first year of the Human Nature Festival (HN Fest) to happen and a spirited start to what could be one of Oregons premier festival. Thanks to HN Fest for allowing SpaceShaping.net to come out and shine in full force. We where given the fredome to to really let it out on this one. I think the pictures pretty much prove that.
We got to setup 2 stages at this show with lighting and tension fabric decorations. For the main stage we got to bring out our huge 22′ diameter flowers with LED lighting systems! Even though these are a byoch to setup they really are worth it. Just stunning in beauty and size. Now with the addition of Madrix we can have incredible control off the LED lights that power the flowers.
As well this as the premier of the new performance booth called the GeoPod. It is a 12.5′ diameter geodesic sphere with an elivated 4′ tall performance platform inside. The Pod was a huge hit and loved by the crown and the performer alike. Next we will be taking the Pod to Burning Man to be featured at the Temple of Boom at 10:00 and Esplanade! It will get a full cover made by Mandala Domes. Then we will be installing air conditioning and LED lighting by AudioPixel.com. But anyhow back to HN Fest….
Over all this event was remarkable. Thanks HN fest for having us out. We want to support you in bringing this festival back next year.