Vivid Sydney, 18 Days of Lights, Music, and Ideas.

TIMELAPSE – Vivid Sydney 2013 Launch from Vivid Sydney on Vimeo.

The fifth annual Vivid Sydney kicked off 3 days ago for 18 days of light, music, and ideas. The 2 week festival was opened by lighting the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House with an impressive projection mapping display created by the Spinifex Group. I love this example of projection mapping with it’s stunning visual feast of motion design, color, movement and visual effects lighting artistry.

Vivid Sydney is the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from Friday 24 May to 10 June, from 6pm for Lights On.

For the first time in Vivid Sydney’s five-year history, Vivid Light has extended to Darling Harbour and will transform the popular entertainment area into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International.

Haunting. Craig Walsh, “Emergence”.

This is one of the best uses of projection mapping I’ve seen in awhile. I love it when art takes technology, and does it one better than anything advertising and marketing has done. Don’t get me wrong, I think projection mapped events sponsored by big brands and companies is an exciting new form of marketing. Unlike those, Craig Walsh’s sculpture “emergence” makes you think.
If you are in Sydney Australia, you have one night left to see this in person at South Hyde Park. The sculpture pays homage to the park’s his­to­ry as a meet­ing place for civic unrest, protest and direc­tion action,with the projected faces telling sto­ries about civic involve­ment.


Paper Sculptures from Lisa Rodden.

I know I have posted about paper cut art and illustration before, but this kind of work always blows me away. Especially when it is executed as well as it is by Australian artist Lisa Rodden.

Rodden creates these simple yet detailed works by cutting, layering, painting and folding paper to create some really amazing visuals that morph and change as you move around them. The shadow and color that peak through the cuts in the surface create an intriguing feeling where the images almost feel alive. This is really wonderful stuff. Rodden’s work is represented by Koskela in Sydney, so if you are down under I suggest you stop in and check this work out.

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“There is a grace and beauty in fish that you cannot find in anything else. The slow, fluid motion as they glide through the water, fins and tail rippling softly as they go. They’re hypnotic, even healing, to watch. In Japanese (and Chinese) culture, the Koi represents courage, strength and perseverance, among other things. There is a tale about the brave Koi that swims upstream against the strong currents enduring many hardships and overcoming many obstacles. Finally it reaches the waterfall and as it jumps through it transforms into a magnificent dragon symbolising advancement and aspiration.

This work offers hope through strength. It is a reminder that with perseverance and patience we are able to work through the hardships in life to emerge stronger, wiser and better for it. It is also a work in peace and flow allowing the mind to wander and to daydream which should be given as much priority as food but is usually dismissed.”

IdeaWorks Christmas, an Audrino and Flash Based Streaming Experience.

The end of the year is usually a slower time for agencies. As the year winds down, it leaves a little bit of free time for folks to promote the company, have a little fun and show off their collective skills.

IdeaWorks in Sydney Austrailia, has done just that with a live streaming interactive Christmas display. The display uses live streaming servers combined with decorations that have been rigged up with audrino boards, and tied to a Flash based interface. The result is pretty fun. If you don’t want to actually play with the site, you can watch the video below.

I recommend clicking this link though, and having a little fun. IdeaWorks Christmas.