University Of Sydney Lights The Way For Vivid Sydney

In one week’s time the beautiful historic grounds of the University of Sydney will come alive with spectacular light installations, music performances and public forums during Vivid Path to the Future, a week-long program held as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence said, “The University will be transformed into a creative playground that will surprise and ignite the imagination of people and we are delighted to be bringing Vivid Sydney to our local community.”

“A large creative pool of talented staff, students and artist collaborators are behind a revealing program of new ideas and directions in art, technology and music.”

“It will be an immersive event where visitors can see a spectacular light show, listen to live experimental music, or take part in topical talks on society’s key health and social issues that the University’s research is tackling.”

“At the University of Sydney we take our responsibilities as a citizen of the city seriously and this program complements our work supporting the intellectual and creative life of the city. We are proud of our contribution to the cultural landscape of the city, and we hope our staff, students, alumni and local communities take the opportunity to visit and enjoy our campus,” Dr Spence said.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “I am pleased that the University of Sydney will be a part of Vivid Sydney for the second time, with an expanded program showcasing light, music and ideas across the campus. Vivid is where art, technology and commerce intersect, and with exceptional academic staff and students across each of these three areas it is only natural that the University plays a big role in this year’s Festival.”

The University of Sydney’s famous Quadrangle will once again become the centrepiece of this year’s Vivid Path to the Future program with three illuminating light shows presented each evening from 25 to 30 May. The iconic façade will be turned into a magnificent canvas featuring artworks created by more than 40 local and international artists.

Among these are several headliner acts, including French visual artist, Joanie Lemercier and UK sound artist, James Ginzburg who will make their Australian debut at Vivid. They are joined by two other large-scale projection artists: New York’s Light Harvest Studios and Sydney’s The Electric Canvas. These leading artists will present their new electrifying works, Blueprint, Simple Creatures and Space that will be shown in three light shows at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm daily (6pm only on 31 May).

A unique collaboration between three University faculties, the Charles Perkins Centre and Eora TAFE promises to be another highlight of the 3D mapping projections in the Quadrangle. Intercellular is a series of short films created by University staff and students across design computing, medicine and music, in partnership with Indigenous staff and students at Eora TAFE. The conceptual films will bridge the idea of light from the galaxies, Indigenous astronomy and the physics of light from cells, in a celebration of the International Year of Light.

The International Year of Light is also the impetus for several public discussions within the University’s Vivid Ideas program. Popular talks will include Enlighten: Our brightest minds reveal how light transforms your life; and The Future of Music: how interactive technologies are changing music experiences; as well as panels tackling some of the big health and social issues such as The Obesity Epidemic: can design help?; and I’m not racist, but…. hosted by television personality Gretel Killeen.

For Vivid Music, the Seymour Centre will host a series of experimental music concerts called New Wave Sound, including Gothic, Music For Double Bass, Senex et Sonet and Bridge: Electroacoustic Review. Additionally, the Seymour Centre will host Musify + Gamify curated by the University’s Ollie Bown and Lian Loke. A showpiece of the event are two concerts of bold experimental music by groundbreaking Australian artists including Ensemble Offspring, Robbie Avenaim and Chris Abrahams, 7Bit Hero, Alon Isar and renowned BAFTA nominated game composer David Kanaga of Dyed and Proteus. They will be complemented by an exhibition in the auditorium inviting ‘gamified’ audience participation in the creation of music.

For the first time, the University of Sydney will present a light walk with installations dotted along the journey from the Quadrangle light show to the gigantic public artwork, the Sea of Hands, and onto several light installations along the promenade of Eastern Avenue.

  • What: Vivid Path to the Future
  • When: 25-31 May (Quadrangle Light Show daily at 6pm, 8pm, 10pm from 25-30 May and 6pm only on 31 May; and other events across the day and night. See full program)
  • Where: The University of Sydney Quadrangle and Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, plus satellite events across Darlington campus and the Seymour Centre.
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Media Release: Vivid Sydney