Sydney May – June 2017 (12 photos)

This is part 4 of my Vivid Sydney 2017 series of posts.

After 23 nights, Vivid Sydney 2017 ended on the weekend. I don’t know what to expect next year but given the increasing popularity of Vivid and next year being the 10th anniversary, it may be something you want to visit, if you’ve ever given that idea some consideration.

As in previous years, there was a light display on the harbourside faΓ§ade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, opposite the Sydney Opera House. This year’s display was entitled, “Organic Vibrations”.

Organic Vibrations was a collaboration between Julia Gorman, an Australian artist whose work is currently on display in the collection galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. Together, they created an artwork from the constant morphing and mutation of a series of images, which flowed across over the façade of the MCA.

The abstract images were drawn from the shapes and colours of the natural world, and were depicted as sinuous lines that appeared to grow organically until they covered the geometric art deco façade of the Museum. The installation used projection-mapping techniques to transform the façade with images originally made by the artist in watercolour, oils, marker pen, and painting applications.

The result was a 10 minute sequence of handmade images flowing and morphing across the Museum, synthesised with music.

Transient vividness: Fleeting images and crowd.

As at any event, please exercise caution and beware of what or who may be hiding in the shadows.


This is Part 4 of my VIVID Sydney 2017 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 2017: Organic Vibrations


58 thoughts on “Vivid 2017: Organic Vibrations

  1. Migraine inducing colours! I think I shall safely look at this from the comfort of my chair – avoid the crowds that way too. Another great report of the VIVID extravaganza LD. What would we do without you πŸ˜€

    • I agree with you, Jude. I used to suffer from migraine, luckily no longer (that’ sone of the good news about getting older! πŸ™‚ ) and certain types of light and flickering colours could easily trigger migraine.

      Viewing it from a fra distance it has different effect. Great gallery, superb impressions! And what a fine take on the challenge. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Sally. The light projections are always so creative. Apart from the colour and lights, the festival generally has a great friendly vibe to it despite the background cold air. No wonder it is so popular.

  2. Fascinating art, Draco. The colors and shapes are so lively and vibrant, and how wonderful that they are constantly changing, just like life. I appreciated your description of how this is done, too. Great post, I am now going back to the earlier parts.

    • Thank you very much, Jet. The festival is generally a visual feast. Always entertaining and brings out large crowds. The technology to bring this all to fruition is marvellous.

  3. The installation is remarkable. Thank you for explaining it!
    Amazing clarity and colors of the photos, must be challenging to capture in photos.
    It’s so wonderful to sit in front of my PC watching and enjoying the Vivid 2017. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much, Dragon!

  4. Heide says:

    What a cool event β€”Β and what magnificent photos you’ve captured! Between them and your narrative I also feel as if I was there.

  5. Such vivid dancing light across the museum. No matter near or far, it looks like a magnificent sight. Ah, ten years next year. It will probably be a one to go to and remember 😊

  6. ‘Vivid’ is an apt title for this show – the colours are dramatic, looks like this must be one of the best light shows in the world. I wonder how they can top that next year.

  7. I can see why this is the main display. I myself have been looking forward to seeing this one via your series. 21 photos, what a treat!
    Your photos are extraordinary, beyond words…
    Thank you so much for all your efforts, Dragon!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Amy. When I find a good location, I let loose with the camera. These 21 photos are whittled down from a choice of about 1000 on my hard drive. All from different angles. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Can you tell I love photographing at Vivid? πŸ™‚

      I hope you had enough wine and pizza to watch this show. πŸ™‚

      • Good grief, 21 out of 1000! That is so crazy😯
        Pizza and wine taste so much better while watching your Vivid show. Gaining several pounds at least! 😨 😊

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