Enchanted Sydney projects free-flowing images of Sydney’s flora and fauna onto the iconic facade of Customs House. The artwork mixes familiar (and not so familiar) aspects of Sydney’s natural environment to create a continually evolving and blossoming world.
The projections are fitted specifically to the architectural form of the building, using graphics that integrate natural imagery with textures and colours that are reflective of the city in all its moods and seasons.
The artists’ intent is to remind audiences of the organic nature of the city and the enchantment of natural design.
Artists: Spinifex Group
Projection Technology and Mapping Design by TDC
Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour presents a spectacular liquid-light show featuring dynamic jets and spirals of water, full-colour lighting, rainbow-coloured lasers and dancing flame effects choreographed like an audiovisual symphony.
The centrepiece is a flower-like array of fountains and lasers, which shoots jets of water 100m across the harbour and more than 30m into the night sky, sweeping and twisting, and interspersed with blasts of flames, laser and light effects that seem to dance with the music. The display is the result of decades of technical research and development, along with innovative engineering by Oracle-Liquid director, Glenn Turner.
Vivid 2015 provides an opportunity to use the technology and present many of Turner’s highly creative ideas in new liquid art forms, animations and integrated laser and lighting approaches.
The display launches and recycles over 30,000 litres of seawater per minute; it required 15 crew to install and took over six months to develop.
The staging equipment is mostly submersed below the water and uses 100 tonnes of buoyancy and more than 20 km of high-power cabling as well as wireless communications.
Beginning every half an hour, the entire show is run from a single control tower and is time-coded to musical sound tracks created by Sydney electronic music gurus, the Presets.
Artist: Oracle-Liquid (Glenn Turner) Country: Australia
Mechanised Colour Assemblage (2015) transforms the MCA façade into a series of sound and colour ‘machines’ that create a continuously morphing listening and viewing experience. 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. In response to sound they form new surfaces – sometimes soft, sometimes hard.
Australian artist Rebecca Baumann developed the installation in collaboration with Paris-based art and design team Danny Rose. Rebecca works in kinetic sculpture, installation and performance, often bringing paper, smoke, confetti, and tinsel to life using mechanisms such as flip-clocks, fans, and detonators. Her interest in colour and its perceptual relationship with emotion inspired and informed this work. Its intent is to take each audience member on a journey through their own emotions as they participate in a synaesthetic experience, in which two senses, hearing and vision, are experienced simultaneously.
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 sounds move in the spatial environment following different trajectories, which in turn correspond to the chromatic movements of the visuals.
Artists: Rebecca Baumann (Australia) / Danny Rose (Sergio Carrubba (France) / Paola Ciucci (France) / Lucia Frigola (France) / Cédric Péri (France) / Emanuele De Raymondi (Italy)
Projection Technology and Mapping Design by TDC
Quadrangle (University of Sydney) | Vivid Sydney 2015
‘Space’ explores the relationship between the individual viewer and virtual spaces created on the Quadrangle. The viewer follows the journey of an abstract creature as it travels through an imagined world of micro and macro. Wondrous spaces are fleetingly revealed; a quick glimpse, a flash of light and colour, and often only a partial look at any one time.
The Nautilus and the Sea tells the story of Norbert the nautilus and his brave journey to find a new home. Trapped in a bleak world of discarded human refuse, Norbert lives in a homemade shell created out of lost objects. The surrounding environment is a stark, black and white underwater world fastidiously patrolled by Lieutenant Angler. Our hero breaks free, to embark on a perilous journey to discover a vast ocean, and a reef teeming with life.