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Our designers at Vivid 2018

25 May 2018
Light, sound and interaction design takes over Sydney
From emotional furniture to flickering kite tails, discover the interactive artworks our students, staff and alumni have created as part of Vivid Sydney.

It’s that time of year where Sydney lights up, tourists flock and creative installations pop up all over the city. Vivid is also a chance for our design staff, students and alumni to show off their latest stunning projects.

So what should you see at this year's festival? We’ve curated a list of the projects you can’t miss!

The Liminal Hour

The Liminal Hour
Artists: James Brown, Erth Visual & Physical Inc, Jacob Nash and Mandylights
Barangaroo
25 May - 16 June, from 6pm

The Liminal Hour transforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland every night of the festival led by the beautiful female creature named Marri Dyin – meaning “Great Woman” in the Eora language. James designed the sound for this installation and is a graduate of the Master of Architectural Science (Audio and Acoustics).

Wish Happiness

Wish Happiness
Artist: Kristina Mah

Royal Botanic Gardens
25 May - 16 June, from 6pm

A playground carousel is transformed into a colourful, illuminated ‘wheel of positive energy’. Kristina is a current PhD student, supervised by Dr Luke Hespanhol and Dr Lian Loke- who also collaborated on this piece. 

Liquid Lies

Liquid Lies
Artists: Louis Chew and Dr Luke Hespanhol
Chatswood Mall
25 May - 16 June, from 5.30pm

Managed by a crazy professor, Liquid Lies is an installation within the Light Market in Chatswood Mall. Take a spot at the lab desk in the hope of a delicious drink. Louis is a current PhD student supervised by Dr Luke Hespanhol and Dr Lian Loke.

1000 Cranes

1000 Cranes
Artists: Christopher Simpson, Isabella Bain, Anthony Zeater, James Rotanson and Khanh Nguyen 
The Rocks
25 May - 16 June, from 6pm

A canopy of hanging origami cranes inspired by the Japanese senbazuru legend. The cranes light up as visitors move through the space and change colour when messages of #hope are tweeted. Christopher and Isabella are graduates of the Bachelor of Design Computing. 

Activated

Activated
Artists: Liam Bray, Gwen Taualai and Bernadette Basch 
The Rocks
25 May - 16 June, from 6pm

An immersive light sculpture that playfully engages visitors by combining architectural, visual, and musical techniques. Liam is Co-program Director for the Bachelor of Design Computing and Gwen teaches in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts.

I Have Feelings Too

I Have Feelings Too
Artists: Louis Chew and Dr Luke Hespanhol
Chatswood Mall
25 May- 16 June, from 5.30pm

Have a chat with a chair! When you sit down, a sensor will activate and these benches will tell you how they feel. 

Luminous Flight

Luminous Flight
Artist: Martin Bevz and Kathryn Bevz 
The Rocks
25 May - 16 June, from 6pm

Five brilliantly coloured kites hang above a small lane near Circular Quay. Made from LED tubes and luminous fabric, the kites activate with a chase of colour and patterns when viewers wave their hands towards them. Martin is a graduate of the Master of Architectural Science (Illumination Design).

Light Market

Heirloom Takeaway at Light Market
Artist: Dr Luke Hespanhol
Chatswood 
25 May - 16 Jun, from 5.30pm 

Shanty town architecture meets Star Wars in the Light Market at Chatswood! Interactive installations, dazzling lights and delicious food from all over the world. Luke has been running a short research project around digital placemaking for community engagement and several of his Chatswood installations form part of this research. 

 

Vivid Sydney will run for 23 nights from Friday 25 May – Saturday 16 June 2018.