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Pic: Destination NSW / Daniel Boud


Pic: Destination NSW / James Horan


Pic: Destination NSW / James Horan


PLAY Pic: Destination NSW / James Horan


come to us with ideas under the umbrella of ‘creativity and engagement’. Sometimes they’re interactive, at others they’re deco- rative and create an interesting ambience,” says Bastic. The key, he explains, is that the installations encourage people not to be afraid of light. “We hope the benefits will be that people will take care in how they light their homes, or city councils will consider new ways to light public spaces instead of making them look like football fields.”


As the years have progressed, larger-scale businesses and institutions have taken an increasing interest in VIVID, realising its potential as a resource for commissioning works of their own. Bastic frequently re- ceives requests from hotel groups who want to find a light artist for their latest develop- ment, connections he’s happy to facilitate. The planning process is already underway for VIVID 2014, which will inevitably prove a further evolution on past years. Bastic hopes to bring in a third layer to the instal-


lations, perhaps using them as performance spaces for dance and music events – unique pieces that will be inspired by, and pro- vide inspiration for, light art works. And of course Sydney remains rich in buildings as yet untapped by the festival. But as ever the shape of future festivals is in the hands of the artists, designers and engineers who drive it, it’s scope restricted only by their imaginations.


Light artists, lighting projection designers, companies and manufacturers, architects, students, graduates, creative industry com- panies and practitioners from around the world are being called on to put forward their innovative lighting and projection de- signs and installations for inclusion in VIVID Light 2014. Further details can be found on the VIVID website. www.vividsydney.com


Australian creative and technology compa- ny, Spinifex Group, provided the projec- tions for the Sydney Opera House. Themed around the concept of ‘play’, the mesmer- ising digital projection offers audiences a dynamic visual feast. The work was masterminded by Head of Creative Richard Lindsay, and evolved from basic drawings on paper to a sophisticated matrix of 2D and 3D animation and live action, developed and refined over a 14-week period. “We wanted to ensure that what we created translated well from the many and varied viewing angles, which meant ‘painting on the surface’ of the building rather than designing from a single point of view, which typifies most building projections,” explains Richard Lindsay, Head of Creative at Spinifex Group “We see this as a show, to move beyond just an art installation with a big sound presence and an evolving journey evoking the audi- ences thoughts and opinions.” CREDITS: Spinifex Group


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