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Sydney May – June 2015 (15 photos). This is part 6 of 9 of my VIVID Sydney 2015 series.

We now leave Customs House, Enchanted Sydney, the enchanted forest and the enchanting elves, and take the short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Along the way…

Affinity by amigo & amigo + S1T2 is a large-scale lighting installation that attempts to depict the complexity and connectivity of the human brain. Participants step within an intricate web of interconnected orbs representing neurons in the brain. When stimulated by touch, the orbs set-up a striking display of sound and light, representing the rapid-fire transmission of messages between neurons. The sculpture explores the effects of Alzheimer’s on our memories within this environment. As participants touch each globe, light streams flow outwards into the sculpture and link to another orb.

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Wave Chandelier by Mark Dyson and Oliver Tannerre imagines the structure of the traditional ornate chandelier but as a wave-like, flowing form that throws illuminated lines of light through space. The organic shape of the chandelier is realised as a suspended, latticed metal superstructure, underneath which lines of light gently pulsate. When seen from a distance Wave Chandelier presents as a series of flowing waves of light, colour and form.

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Space Folding by Zina Kaye is a towering cylinder that morphs into multi-coloured patterns of light and sound in response to real-time flight data from Sydney airspace. The installation maps the progress of planes leaving and coming into Sydney, and audiences follow their progress through the rhythmic movements of colour and data that race around the structure. Every take-off, landing and plane passing overhead simultaneously augments the sequence of light and sound, building a never-repeating pattern. Headsets allow the audience to hear the data driven generated soundtrack while being simultaneously transported by the lights.

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And so we arrive at the Museum of Contemporary Art which features its own sight and sound display yearly.

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This year, Mechanised Colour Assemblage by Rebecca Bauman / Danny Rose / Paola Ciucci / Lucia Frigola / Cédric Péri / Emanuele De Raymondi transforms the MCA façade into a series of sound and colour ‘machines’ that create a continuously morphing listening and viewing experience.

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The audience is plunged into a universe where voices and colours blend together to become a single element. The machines change colour and shape, drawing on a variety of phenomena entering the space around the MCA.

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The installation uses 3D-mapping to project the machine images onto the MCA façade. This lends ‘spatiality’ to the experience – delivering single, mobile and multiple sources of sound, which can move within the location. The speakers are positioned in the MCA courtyard, forming a large rectangle that surrounds the audience and defines the listening space. The soundtrack is an original composition by Emanuele de Raymondi.

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Regarding photography at VIVID, there are certain off peak times and off peak days. This can greatly affect the character of your photos, depending on if you wish to capture the atmosphere of the event, or just concentrate on the lights. Compare the photo above to the one below. The tower clock reveals all.

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For most people, Winter is the off season for visiting Sydney. I’ve long suspected VIVID was a clever trick to get people to visit Sydney in Winter and go out into the cold night air. I suspect I’m right.

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For the next part of this series, we leave the main arena of VIVID and go west to Darling Harbour and Pyrmont.

This is part 6 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.

Photography Etcetera, Sony Etcetera

VIVID Randomness 2015 (6)


60 thoughts on “VIVID Randomness 2015 (6)

    • Personally, I find it fun, wondering around and looking at it all. On the nights that I go, I have specific installations I go to see, and photograph if warranted. If you have a plan, to only see a limited selection it doesn’t become too overwhelming. And if your retinas get burnt out, stay home until they’re relaxed again. 🙂

  1. Definitely worth hanging around for the midnight hour! I thought the first few shots were great and then they exploded into so many fabulous forms. What a fabulous and dynamic set of shots Lignum!

  2. I am so glad that you are on the scene to record these amazing light (and sound) shows, those crowds look as bad as the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition! I’m not one for crowds. So given you were taking photos last year at almost midnight, how long does the show go on for each night?

  3. still enchanting and enchanted 🙂
    are the light shows going on the whole night till the morning? how many hours do you spend walking around usually? the Museum of Contemporary Art is totally fascinating with all the lighting going on…

    • Thank you, Alex. 🙂 The lights are on from 6pm till midnight. I usually go for about 3 hours at a time. I don’t try to see everything at once. Ideas for photographs often come to me later, so I plan on going back to get more.

  4. Aww… do we really need to leave the enchanted forest? Haha.

    Great photos of the MCA. The fact you spend hours at a time at Vivid blows me away. Such dedication 😀

    • Thanks. I try not to rush around seeing too much at once. Even though it’s cold, I enjoy standing there watching the displays and taking photos at the same time. 🙂

  5. These are phenomenal shots. I particularly liked that you captured the artistic essence as well as the visual excitement. The contrast of the ‘clock tower’ images wherein the first shows an active interaction between the crowds attending and the art reflected and then the stillness and fixed image of an undisturbed center. As if art requires an audience for it to truly shine. Clever that.

    • The crowd is part of the event and the atmosphere. Each night, thousands are walking around in the brisk air just looking at the lights, when they would normally be warm at home. What is art, if there’s no-one to admire it? 🙂

  6. Amazing. I agree with everyone’s comment; have a hard time to find words to express how much I enjoy seeing this series and how much I appreciate your photos and words. Thank you.

  7. Fantastic, Draco! The show just goes on and on… mesmerising 🙂 If ever I should be in Sydney it would have to be when the show is on. (I can dream 🙂 )

  8. Those red and blue balls are quite an eye popping experience, perhaps even more in real life? Strange how colour can have a powerful effect on the eye and the brain, and yet our perception of colour is not as it seems, only reflected light.

    Love the way they lit up that Museum of Contemporary Art – truly a light painting!! 🙂

    • The balls changed colour regularly with touch. It was very interactive.
      The MCA display exploded with colour this year. It’s a more dynamic show than the one on the Opera House.

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