Vivid lights up Sydney

24 May 2013

An inspiring range of ideas, music and light developed at the University of Sydney will be delighting audiences at this year's VIVID festival, which runs from 24 May to 10 June.

For the first time, VIVID Sydney is collaborating with the Seymour Centre to expand to Sydney's inner-west fringe. Called VIVID Seymour, the Centre will exhibit the best ideas in interactive technology from the brightest students and researchers from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

From 3 June, New Wave: Lights and Technology will feature light sculptures, installations and interactive designs by some of the most inventive postgraduate students from Illumination Design.

Here, the iconic 70s façade of the Seymour Centre will be illuminated in spectacular new ways for three days.

The best in cutting-edge technology will also be on show in the Seymour foyers with interactive tabletops and walls developed by the Faculty of Engineering and IT and the Computer Human Adapted Interaction (CHAI) Research Group at the University. Tabletops like giant tablet screens will allow people to explore combinations of images, documents, videos and interactive maps, and to "throw" an object from the table onto the wall to communicate.

Down at Circular Quay, a team of students from the Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has created a spectacular interactive light installation called Temporalas that fuses interactive technologies, architecture, visual art and audio acoustics, and is located under the Cahill Expressway.

Another team from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, including lecturer Oliver Brown; PhD candidate Luke Hespanhol; lecturer Martin Tomitsch; in collaboration with sound artist and scholar, Miriama Young, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has created the spectacular Solstice Lamp - a building-scale light and sound projection on the AMP Building at Circular Quay. As part of the Amplify Festival at Vivid, visitors to the AMP building's forecourt will pass by 3D cameras that will capture their motion, interpret it and turn it into a soothing blue glow.

Another piece at Campbell's Cove, called Euphonious Mobius, features visual designs by design lecturer Dr Onaclov and sound designs by audio lecturer Michael Bates all from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Also on 3 June, a special VIVID SeymourSydney Ideas panel discussion, titled, "I'm not creative but…" will playfully tackle the role of creativity in a range of career paths, featuring eminent researchers from classical philosophy, design computing, illumination design and history.

And the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2013), co-chaired by Dr Kathy Cleland from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is partnering with the Vivid Ideas program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in a series of artist talks on Sunday 9 June. This includes presentations by Dr Lian Loke and Dr Martin Tomitsch, both from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and Professor Ross Gibson from Sydney College of the Arts.

And at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quary, the University of Sydney Business School is holding a workshop as part of VIVID Ideas. The workshop will include a panel discussion of an organisational tool developed in the Business School. Called StrategicFrame, the tool is an innovative approach to providing creative as well as commercial and not-for-profit organisations with a framework for understanding and measuring the value of what they do.

Back at VIVID Seymour, an innovative two-day music forum called New Wave: What's Hot? will showcase developing trends in electronic, improvised and experimental sound from 3 to 8 June.

About Vivid Sydney

  • Vivid Sydney (24 May-10 June) is an annual celebration of light, music and ideas, transforming Sydney every night from 6pm.
  • Vivid celebrates Sydney as the creative hub of Australia and the Asia Pacific region, featuring immersive light installations and projections; music performances and collaborations; creative ideas, public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates.
  • Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, and is one of five signature events in the NSW Events Calendar.

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