Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Vivid Sydney - Art Lights Up The Rocks, Part 1

Well despite the cold and the wet Vivid Sydney, the festival of "Light Music Ideas" is well under way. Natasa and I had a very enjoyable time last night wandering from Argyle St in The Rocks through to Walsh Bay, Oohing and Ahhing the creative light and sculpture installations that make up the visual backbone of Vivid Sydney. As this was the first time in a long long time I had been out photographing this kind of event; and with Street Fashion Sydney on-its-knees in need of blogging material, I  joined the tripod toting tourist class; packed  a stack of camera equipment that has not seen use from for 'quite some time' to 'far more years' than I care to remember - all in the interest some 'Old Skool In-Camera' photo trickery and a story of how-fashionable-Sydney-can-be when it comes to lighting up the night. Magic was goin' to happen, neutral density filters and multiple exposure, long exposures and freakkky wide angle ZOOM stuff... And if there was any remaining doubt that in the age of digital photography, everyone is now a photographer; last night it was put completely to rest as most installations required the skill-and-cunning of a Fashion Runway Photographer (trying to get backstage) or Paparazzi trying to find some-space, to-make 'original' a shot from what everyone - yes I do mean everyone was photographing!

Anyway(s) my shots for 'Street Fashion Sydney' are below including the last shot which includes the moon in partial eclipse! Yes a great night out at what is truly becoming a major Sydney event and this has made me very happy indeed and quite proud to be a Sydneysider... Well until I went to the Vivid Sydney website today to try and find the names of the the artists and the titles of the artworks I had photographed last night. What did I find. Zip, Nothing Nadda!

Dear Vivid Sydney and Destination New South Wales; I have but one thing to say about this glaring omission. Support the artists that support you.

No Artists No Art - No Art - No Vivid Sydney!

Please please please, do not let this happen again. Yes, Vivid Sydney is supporting Artists with this great event, but the artists also support you. The artists also support Destination NSW who oversee the event as well as the hospitality and retail trades that gain the most financially from this event. In case you missed the point above let me say it again; No Artists No Art - No Art - No Vivid Sydney! Lets at the very least see a map with the names of the artists and titles of the artworks. Descriptions would be nice to but lets just get going with names and titles.

And as the big rainstorm blows up from Victoria (those guys will stop at nothing to try to ruin Sydney's fun and obsession with pretty colours and fireworks; even weather warfare!) I prepare to head out to a Vivid Sydney 'Ideas' forum. Strangely enough in contrast to the 'art' the speakers at the 'Ideas' events seem to be quite well documented. Words words words; It can be very tough for visual artists in a world of words...

If you would like to support the artists that helped make this event happen, you can email Vivid Sydney here, and Destination NSW here... to let hem know that the artists need to be recognised through on-line documentation for the art they provided to the fabulous event.

This post will be updated over the next few days to credit the artists and artworks shown below.
Firefly, Light Bars and sparkling light curtain, Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney by Tim Roche, Frances Greig, Peter Grieg Light Breezers by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung;Purple and Green version, Light Tubes Argyle St The Rocks, Vivid Sydney Fractured Hear interactive installation, music and colour,  Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney, by Cindi Drennan, Craig Laurendet, Luku Kukukuku, Wally de Backer (Gotye) Light Cubes in water,  Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney Natasa with the 'Underbrella' art installation, Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney Underbrella by Anna Meister, Jorden Martin 2012, art installation, Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney Moravian Stars by Jacqui Adamse,  Walsh Bay, Vivid 2012Light cubes on walkway (before being tossed in water),  Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney Beige Light tubes, Argyle St the Rocks, Vivid Sydney, Light Breezers by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung. Giant interactive neon Tic Tac Toe game by Richard Neville, Daniel Mercer, Alex Grierson, Michael Gearin, circular quay, Vivid Sydney 2012 Up, and away, neon art installation by Vellachi Ganesan, Key Anderson, Tim Carr, Tim Hunt, Alma Banuelos, Francesco Anselmo; Sydney Opera House BG, Bike Powered Neon Lights, Vivid Sydney 2012 Light tubes Blue, purple version, Argyle St the Rocks,  Vivid Sydney 2012, Light Breezers by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung. Argyle in Bloom art projection by Mark Hammer & Andre Kecskes, Argyle cutting, Flower montage, Vivid Sydney Umbrella Art and partial lunar eclipse,  Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney, Underbrella by Anna Meister, Jorden Martin

Mind you, I bet they would never forget to credit the names of the artists and titles of the art in Melbourne, makes you wonder...

Read VIVID part 2 here.
Art and Artists, top to bottom..



Firefly by Tim Roche, Frances Greig, Peter Grieg, Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney 2012.
Light Breezers by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung.
Fractured Heart by Cindi Drennan, Craig Laurendet, Luku Kukukuku, Wally de Backer (Gotye).
Light Cubes in water,  Walsh Bay, Artist Unknown.
Underbrella by Anna Meister, Jorden Martin;Portrait with artwork.
Underbrella by Anna Meister, Jorden Martin.
Moravian Stars by Jacqui Adamse,  Walsh Bay, Vivid 2012.
Light cubes on walkway (before being tossed in water),  Walsh Bay, Artist Unknown.
Beige Light tubes,Light Breezers by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung
Tic Tac Toe by Richard Neville, Daniel Mercer, Alex Grierson, Michael Gearin.
Up, and away, neon art installation by Vellachi Ganesan, Key Anderson, Tim Carr, Tim Hunt, Alma Banuelos, Francesco  Anselmo"
Light Breezers Blue, purple version, by Tim Hunt, Tim Carr, Mark Gilder, Jo Black, Carter Leung.
Argyle in Bloom by Mark Hammer & Andre Kecskes
Underbrella by Anna Meister, Jorden Martin, Art and partial lunar eclipse,  Walsh Bay, Vivid Sydney.


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