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Sydney May – June 2016 (15 photos)

This is Part 3 of my 8 part VIVID Sydney 2016 series.

Vivid Sydney is over for 2016. One of the stalwarts of the Vivid Festival is the annual light installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, this year entitled, The Matter of Painting.

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The world seems to be dominated by hashtags these days: #ilovesydney

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For the Matter of Painting, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia was transformed into a huge canvas on which the energy of the creative process was playfully explored. The artists created an illusion that the façade was actually being carved, painted, cut and brushed.

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Each night the audience experienced a constantly morphing contemporary art installation-performance that gave a sculptural dimension to the museum architecture and changed perceptions of the volume and depth of the building’s mass.

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This year’s light installation partnered Western Sydney artist Huseyin Sami and the Paris-based artistic collective Danny Rose.

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Sami’s focus is to explore ideas associated with the material nature of paint and the process of making art.

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Danny Rose is a multidisciplinary art-and-design team based in Paris that specialises in creating and realising supersized audiovisual shows, multimedia experiences, architectural mapping and interactive installations, including events, theatre, music, museum design, opera and light festivals. They recently received the Judges Choice Award at the Digi Award 2015 for their innovative use of technology and mass audience engagement at Vivid Sydney 2014, as well the AEAF silver Award 2015 for Vivid Sydney 2015.

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Now in its 8th year, this is the 5th consecutive year I have photographed Vivid. Each year is as challenging and exciting to photograph as the first.

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One should always be cautious of what lurks in the shadows.

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Here be dragons.


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This is Part 3 of my 8 part VIVID Sydney 2016 series.

All of my photography from this series and previous years of VIVID Sydney going back to 2012 can be found here:
VIVID Sydney page

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Vivid 2016: The Matter of Painting


64 thoughts on “Vivid 2016: The Matter of Painting

  1. “carved, painted, cut and brushed.” It is amazing how the different light patterns and formations make the buildings not look like buildings, but pieces of nature and fragments of our imagination. That cracked blue image – it does look like the building is about to fall to pieces.

    Ah, your silhouette of a selfie, Dragon. I remember you did one too last year…always leaving your mark silently πŸ™‚

  2. I always look forward to the art you bring to me from across the world! With every post I’m more and more convinced that Australia needs to be on my bucket list. I also love “there be dragons.” A few years ago I made family name signs for all my siblings with the quote “Beyond this place there be dragons.”

    • The lights can make interesting beams but I think the main interesting view would be of the crowds, kind of like being a singer on stage. If you’re interested, I have previously photographed the projectors in a previous post about Vivid 2013, Lights Camera Action

  3. Absolutely amazing. Each year you post your Vivid series and I don’t see how the last one could be topped. These colors and displays are unbelievable and you have captured them beautifully. I seem to have just caught sight of the Dragon’s shadow. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ˜€

  4. quelleluci psichedeliche anche se molto piene di fantasia le trovo accecanti e fastidiose per gli occhi…preferisco un genere piΓΉ soft…inutile dire che, come sempre, i tuoi scatti sono superbi!
    buon fine settimana

  5. LB says:

    Oh my goodness, I love being able to see Vivid through your blog (and yes, I’ve said that many times). The colors in the Matter of Painting are so vivid (um, sorry). I love the image with the silhouette, which for some reason made me realize that I take for granted your ability to show us the images so clearly and beautifully. Well done!

  6. The abstract art looks amazing on that building!! An encouragement to get people in the city painting maybe? πŸ˜‰ What a pity buildings aren’t so colourful without a light show. Imagine all those large buildings and tower blocks in vivid colour. Life would never be dull!

    I like the ghostie skeletons in the last picture! πŸ˜€ Were they on stilts? We had some similar in Norwich once, I found the event on You Tube, I was annoyed I’d missed it, I love bright lights at night, and music. All makes life a little more exciting, especially for kids. πŸ™‚

    • I don’t know why buildings aren’t generally more colourful. I wonder if it is a maintenance issue?

      Yes, those performers were on stilts. They had various performers mingling with the crowd. All part of the festival atmosphere for the kids, of all ages. πŸ™‚

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