Brisbane Festival | Sat 10th Sep 2022 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Saturday 10th September – Brisbane Festival

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 902

Brisbane Festival: South Bank

Bronwen and I drove into South Bank, parking up near the cliffs, and walked into South Bank Parklands to have a look at the Brisbane Festival installations there.

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Ephemeral, South Bank

Like it or not, our lives are lived in a permanent state of impermanence. And, not unlike a delicate yet mesmerizing bubble, our time is finite.

Ephemeral is an immersive light and sound environment exploring the concept of ephemerality, representing it as that of a bubble. By day, this larger-than-life sculpture emulates the magical qualities of bubbles by using dichroic film to create the illusion of bubble-like colours and form.

At night, the personality of the sculpture shifts as the lighting animations bounce inside the reflective shell of the spheres, creating a whole new experience for the audience to explore.

By sunshine or by moonlight, experience the pure magic of Ephemeral, and consider the gentle reminder that life is to be lived with no guarantees of another tomorrow.

So, make like a bubble and pop on down to BOQ Festival Garden before they blow away!

Artist Renzo B. Larriviere
Artist Zara Pasfield
Sound Composition Joseph Burgess
Light Programming Latarka

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Brisbane Festival: West End

After taking a stack of photos with the big bubbles in South Bank, we drove into West End and had a look at two other installations there. Bronwen then went climbing at Kangaroo Point Cliffs and I continued on to the West End Fire Festival.

Museum of the Moon, West Village, West End

Since the beginning of humanity, the moon has remained a great source of inspiration, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of people the world over. The moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and a source of light to aid nighttime navigation. Cultures around the world have their own deep historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon, yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all.

The first in a series of three awe-inspiring large-scale installations by Luke Jerram at West Village, Museum of the Moon is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound.

Experience the majesty of the moon, like you’ve never seen before.

Artist Luke Jerram
Composer Dan Jones

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Eephus & Sudo’s Funderdome, Metro Arts, West End

Step into Eephus & Sudo’s Funderdome!

A playful reimagining of the classic video game arcade, this exhibition will transform the gallery into an interactive space filled with eccentric games and friendly monsters.

Alongside fellow humans and virtual monsters, visitors are invited to play the digital attractions in unexpected and collaborative ways. And don’t forget to gaze longingly at the idiosyncratic, but ever-unobtainable, prize wall.

By Tara Pattenden

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West End Fire Festival

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Brisbane Festival: West End

I left West End Fire Festival to go get Bronwen from her climbing and we dropped back past the moon in West Village to see what it looked like in the dark.

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Brisbane Festival: South Bank

After West End Fire Festival ended we drove back to South Bank and had a look at their art installations in the dark.

The Pool, South Bank

POOL (verb): combine, amalgamate, blend, join forces, league, merge, put together, share.

Transforming South Bank Parklands for Brisbane Festival is this award-winning artwork inspired by tidal pools of Australia. The Pool is a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with colour when activated by touch, inviting visitors to jump, dance and play across the cosmos, to their hearts content!

Created by New York artist Jen Lewin, The Pool has travelled to over sixty exhibition venues in more than twenty countries since 2008.

Originally built for Burning Man, the exhibit comprises of 100 light pads that change colours when touched. Lewin developed the mechanics behind the artwork herself, using mesh-network technology and custom code, to create individual platforms that communicate with one another when touched, encouraging participation in an ever-changing composition.

So, jump right in and bask around in The Pool!

By Jen Lewin
Presented by arrangement with Illuminate Adelaide

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