Vivid Sydney 2013

Published:  March 21, 2013
Heath Killen
Vivid Sydney 2013

The lineup for the 2013 Sydney Vivid festival has just been announced. Creative Advisor Ignatius Jones today described Vivid as “the meeting point of art, commerce, and technology”.

The festival has been an enormous success, growing in scope and scale each year following on from it’s launch program which was curated by Brian Eno in 2009. In addition to the citywide light projections and interactive installations that have become  hallmarks of the event, the festival features music and art performances in its Vivid LIVE program, and the festival’s Vivid Ideas Exchange program will return with a series of public talks and debates from leading global thinkers and practitioners.

Curated by Jess Scully, the Vivid Ideas Exchange events will be of particular interest to many Desktop readers. Events will take place on the top floor of the MCA, as well as other venues across Sydney including the Seymour Centre and the Powerhouse Musuem. This year the event will expand its program in partnership with ISEA, Semi Permanent, Mumbralla 360, Failcon, and the Australian International Design Awards. Scully said that the aim of this program is to help strengthen Sydney’s position as the “creative hub of the Asia/Pacific region”.

Now in its fifth incarnation, the 2013 festival is expected to triple in size this year, and featured in this years program will be:

— Australia’s own Spinefex Group will be creating a brand new 3D projection piece to be displayed on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This display will be accompanied by listening posts and an exclusive FM frequency for a complete audio/visual experience.

— Soul legend Bobby Womack will be performing for the first time in Australia.

— Empire of the Sun will be performing songs from their highly anticipated new album Ice on the Dunes

— The Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis will be reinterpreted and performed as an audio/visual show.

— In a unique collaboration, the Arup SoundLab will be “deconstructing” Scott Walker’s latest sonic adventure, Bish Bosh.

— As part of ISEA, Ryoji Ikeda will be installing a new audio/visual installation piece at Carriageworks.

— Cult illustration icon David Shrigley will be presenting new work on the subject of “self help”. Shrigley will also be speaking on his history of collaboration with artists such as David Byrne and Hot Chip.

— For the first time in Australia, an exclusive exhibition of Colors Magazine will be on display, accompanied by Colors photography editor Mauro Bedoni.

— Karl Hyde of Underworld will be performing his new solo project, Edgeland.

— A “light walk” will stretch from Fort Dension to Sydney Point Tower.

— A dance-based interactive projection piece created by Dannyrose will allow people to make the Sydney Customs House building “move”.

Live Transmission is a live deconstruction of the music of Joy Division, in an orchestral and electronic setting with a spectacular visual show.

This is all in addition to the previous announcement of Kraftwerk, who will be performing their Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 retrospective live show as part of the festival. This show has previously sold out in New York and London, and it’s sold out again in Sydney.

For the full program and ticketing information, visit the Vivid Sydney website.

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