Sydney May – June 2015 (12 photos). This is part 3 of 9 of my VIVID Sydney 2015 series.
VIVID Sydney is now on for another 5 nights. For this post we continue on the way towards the Sydney Opera House from where we left off in the previous post. From the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge we make a small detour into the area of The Rocks historic district.
Tae Gon Kim’s ethereal work The Dresses shapes hundreds of fibre-optic strands into the form of three beautiful and extravagant dresses. Suspended in darkness, the dresses appear as apparitions, shimmering from the realms of fantasy. Slowly, the illuminated optical fibre in each dress changes colour, symbolising its history and transformation over time. In creating the work, the artist was inspired by the writing of French literary theorist and philosopher Roland Barthes.
As I looked down this laneway, I thought I was seeing ghosts. These were perfectly positioned in this narrow laneway. I lingered here for quite a while.
Monster World by Dune is a portal into another realm – an alternative dimension inhabited by a curious collection of creatures. As people approach the installation, digital ‘monsters’ curiously follow their movements, occasionally mimicking their gestures in surprising and delightful ways. If participants wave or dance, the monsters may decide to wave back or do a dance of their own. When more people approach, new monsters appear from the colourful ether, bringing about a charming party of moving and dancing forms.
For me, this was the “feel-good” installation of the entire festival. I waved and they waved back at me. I moved to the side and they all followed. I jumped and so did they. I wonder if they had tears in their eyes when I walked away – I know I did.
Ayla by Steensen Varming is a serene image of the moon projected on a giant scale and surrounded by an ecliptical halo of light. Every night the image changes to reflect the phases of the moon. The installation is dedicated to the artist’s daughter Ayla and explores the capabilities of projection and lighting technology. Special perimeter lighting creates the soft halo effect, and a futuristic soundscape is produced using a minimalist yet mellow composition.
BBC Earth’s Life Story installation features the flowing natural imagery of bird, marine and animal life originally filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit for its epic television series Life Story. The BBC Earth’s Life Story installation transforms the vaulted roof of the Argyle Cut with projected ‘fractals’ which create a vast, never-ending pattern of textures, colours and intertwined shapes. It explores themes of birth and life in one continual and seamless projection, perfectly framed by the cavernous rock surface of the Cut, and is narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Last year, my friend the Intel Robot made an appearance. Sadly he became obsolete after 2 weeks, and so they replaced with the more traditional ice queens and scary clowns.
We return now to the water’s edge.
Submerged by Sinclair Park illuminates the harbour waters around Campbell’s Cove jetty. The effect of light shining from under the water against the half-darkness and the silhouetted form of the jetty is mysterious and luminous. The artist’s aim is to bring awareness to viewers on the surface of the ‘unknowable void’ of the submerged.
We are now in sight of the Sydney Opera House, and this will feature in my next post. In case you were in any doubt about where you are…
You Are Here by Hammer lighting is a well-known phrase brought to life as a Light Art installation. The now ubiquitous selfie station has arrived at VIVID.
This is part 3 of my 9 part VIVID Sydney 2015 series.
All my photography from this and previous years of VIVID Sydney going back to 2012 can be found here.