Vivid Sydney: How Lunar Park’s face will change 27,000 times

THE face of Sydney’s iconic Lunar Park is expected to change about 27,000 times during the next 23 nights as part of an unprecedented collaboration between the Opera House and Samsung Mobile Australia.

More than 85,000 people are expected to line up from 6pm each night for the chance to have their augmented reality emoji created using a Galaxy S9 phone at the display and then beamed onto the face of Luna Park.

Vivid Sydney 2018 (Sydney, Australia)

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.

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EXIT at UNSW Galleries (Sydney, Australia)

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.

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital (Sydney, Australia)

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.

Media Architecture Biennale 2016 (Sydney, Australia)

In 2016 the International Media Architecture Biennale (MAB’16) will take place in Sydney Australia at the brand new cultural precinct The Concourse, designed by multi-award-winning Australian architects fjmt.

MAB’16 is presented in conjunction with Vivid Sydney and the International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS’16 at QUT in Brisbane.

Vivid Sydney 2016 (Sydney, Australia)

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Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience.

Vivid Light engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces through their creative vision.

WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2016 (Sydney, Australia)

May 10, 2016 WT | Wearable Technologies and Whitehouse Institute of Design will partner to organize the world’s most international wearable conference ever presented below the equator. This event will feature the most original wearable engineers, manufactures, data analytics, and fashion designers. WT’s collaboration with Whitehouse Institute of Design will create an ingenious conference filled with professionals, market gurus and aspiring students. This one day event will be hosted in Sydney, Australia on Whitehouse Institute of Designs’ campus. Register today to gain updated insights on how the thinkers of tomorrow will influence the market of wearable technology.

Fables from the Threshold, curated by S1T2 (Sydney, Australia)

Curated by creative technologists S1T2, FABLES FROM THE THRESHOLD (‘FABLES’) is our inaugural exhibition open to the general public, exploring the use of future technologies in a meaningful way.

FABLES will feature a highly-participatory collection of introspective experiences that explore the technical acheivements of up-and-coming Australian artists shaping the digital landscape. It will give you the opportunity to consider the hope and fear that future technologies promise, through a plethora of fun and immersive experiences including interactive environments, digital visualisations, virtual realities and much more.

Electrofringe 2015 (EF15) (Redfern, Australia)

We present a diverse range of electronic and technology-based artforms that utilise hacked technologies, DIY software, artist-made machines, computer networks, robotics, wearable technology, wireless technology, immersive virtual reality systems, electronic sound, circuit bending, repurposed corporate and industrial technologies, data and internet-based applications etc.

Electrofringe 2015 is a one-day exhibition and performance event that puts artists and their works in the same place at the same time. It’s an opportunity for artists to present new work, test new ideas and receive direct feedback from audiences, peers and industry.

Paint The Town during Vivid Sydney 2015 (Sydney, Australia)

When: May 22 – June 8, 2015 from 6:00 pm to Midnight

Paint the Town is a cutting-edge, interactive illumination of the Sydney skyline. Participants of any age ‘paint’ with light by using a special touch screen to control the choice and sequences of colour illuminating iconic buildings around Circular Quay. It is a rare experience to be able to express creativity on this scale and to help redefine and represent how Sydney appears on the world stage.

The installation is controlled from a interactive touch screen located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, and uses custom-designed state-of-the-art software and low-energy LED lights. It was created by the highly innovative Australian event production company 32 Hundred Lighting–the same creative team that delivered Vivid Sydney’s Light the Bridge (2013-2015).