Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 days – from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – will transform Sydney’s Harbour City with its unique colourful, creative canvas. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections – Vivid Light; music performances and collaborations – Vivid Music (including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate – Vivid Ideas, all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. In 2018, Vivid Sydney will be in its tenth year.
For the NGV Triennial, teamLab will premiere a new interactive and fully immersive digital installation inspired by human, digital and spatial relationships and connections, commissioned by the NGV. Expressing these themes through the turbulent lens of the vortex, teamLab will transform a large gallery space into an enveloping environment of swirling illumination that responds as water would to human presence and movement. This work, inspiring a sense of awe and wonderment in the viewer, melds digital design with contemporary art practices to extend teamLab’s explorations into the digitsation of natural phenomenon.
Dance, live music and digital animation collide in Desirelines, the electric chamber ballet by Collusion. The original concept by Benjamin Greaves arrives at Hawthorn Arts Centre on 26 and 27 July, with stainless steel tracks set to transform the historic space for the first Melbourne performance of this award nominated show.
The on-stage performers – three musicians and four dancers – use the tracks to navigate a digitally animated landscape. Striking a new balance between live music and dance, they are placed at the intersection between choice and obligation, with individual desires emerging from all seven performers.
The work is named after the concept of ‘desirelines’ – the improvised tracks created by people who defy the ways designed for them by others. Captivating visuals, including projected musical scores, enable the musicians to interact freely in the space as they perform the virtuosic score made up of original compositions by Susan Hawkins (Light From Below) and masterworks by Sculthorpe and Ibert.
Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
The installation by Australian artist Claudia Osborn is a real-time, interdisciplinary synthesis of a range of different fields such as neuroscience, storytelling, projection mapping, sculpture, sound design + animation: The cross-section slice of the brain lights up in real-time in the scientifically accurate areas (hypothalamus, hippocampus etc.) as individuals recall and describe verbal stories about their own successes and failures in life. This type of artwork has never been achieved before and is exemplar in its uniqueness and completeness of the idea.
Billy Blue College of Design (Torrens University)
Address: Ground floor foyer @ 90 Bowen Tce, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Date: June 1, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm
Public are welcome
UNSW Galleries are proud to present the Australian premiere of a major new installation which holds a dramatic mirror to some of the immense challenges confronting the world today. EXIT is a picture of a planet in trouble.
In an immersive, 360-degree installation, EXIT visually correlates global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues: increasing urbanisation, economic displacement, political disruption, climate change, natural disasters, and deforestation. Data gathered from over one hundred sources is geocoded, processed through a programming language, and presented visually by a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space.
Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris based on an idea by Paul Virilio created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Laura Kurgan, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin in collaboration with Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Stewart Smith.
Recently updated, EXIT was universally acclaimed when it was first exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo to coincide with the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Little more than a year later, with the escalating refugee and migration crises and the Paris Agreement in doubt, EXIT is a timely reflection on many of the most important challenges we collectively face. This is a global forecast that Australians cannot afford to miss.
Australian premiere presented in association with Sydney Festival and major sponsors the City of Sydney. EXIT will also be exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in 2017.
“Surface” is an interactive light sculpture by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. It is a 3D LED matrix – one of the largest in the world at 10m long and with over 16,000 individually controlled pixels. Surface is permanently installed at the Perth Children’s Hospital. It behaves like an inverted pond of water,.. each time a pedestrian walks underneath it they “throw a stone” into it, causing ripples to fan out across its virtual water surface.
Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.
What constitutes life, what counts as a sentient being, and who gets to determine what lives are saved, punished, exploited and destroyed?
Composed of eleven separate but connected installation works, Morbis Artis explores the question of organic life through particular artistic lenses, each taking on the moniker of disease to represent and embody the issues that challenge bare life today.
Drawing upon Frances Stracey, the artists working on this exhibition consider Bio-art to represent ‘a crossover of art and the biological sciences, with living matter, such as genes, cells or animals, as its new media’.
If you are heading to PAX Australia this year, check out the following:
Gearing up for our premiere at PAX Australia in Melbourne next week we wanted to share our comprehensive ‘everything-you-need-to-know’ guide to Kept, and why we feel it is the virtual reality experience to check out this year.
For those still getting up to speed, Kept is an interactive virtual reality journey where you are the story. It is a spiritual adventure that takes you between visually fascinating worlds to free a forsaken soul. Using motion tracking and virtual reality technology, Kept was created to challenge the notion of what a game could be. Unlike our other forays into virtual reality, Kept stands alone as an exciting piece of work for its approach to interactive storytelling. It is a cross between a game and a film, giving players the chance to control how the journey unfolds by using their physical bodies to interact within the virtual world.
Kept is an interactive virtual reality journey to free a forsaken soul that explores the path we take when others pass. It is an experience that was built exclusively for virtual reality using the HTC Vive. In the experience, visitors are able to explore mythical new worlds by physically manoeuvring down grand rivers, crawl through ancient caves and scale towering obelisks. Featuring fantastical environments and reflective soundscapes Kept delivers an immersive experience of self discovery where you are the story. In this new storytelling format the line between games and films are obscured as Kept delivers an entirely unique concept that we hope will challenge what it means to create a virtual reality experience in the future.
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, fashion, design and architecture.
The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world including Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen and Ron Arad, as well as works from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and objects from the MAAS collection. Out of Hand will examine the place and impact of digital technology in the design and production of objects, recognising that many techniques have emerged from past ideas and are now defining new possibilities, understandings and expectations.
Electrofringe is now accepting proposals from emerging electronic and technology based artists, designers and developers to be part of our annual flagship event EF16, taking place Saturday October 22 & 23 at 107 Projects, Redfern.
We’re seeking projects across all artforms, works can be at any stage of development and we also encourage practitioners to run workshops. This is an opportunity to present new work, share new ideas, receive direct feedback from eager audiences, and connect with peers and industry partners.