Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director, has selected the top six events for artists, arts workers or passionate lovers of the arts during Vivid:
Art in Action looks at an MCA initiative, C3West, to show how artist can be instrumental in drawing communities together and helping them see their places in new ways. Sleepers Awake, the current C3West project, sees UK-based artists, Ivan and Heather Morison, light Bungarribee in Western Sydney Parklands from dusk to dawn with a luminous floating artwork. Hear the key players as they discuss the development of this major public artwork; the curator Anne Loxley; one of the artists, Ivan Morison; and Yolanda Gil from Western Sydney Parklands Trusts.
Another Vivid Ideas session held at the MCA, Artists In Residence, will show you new models of the traditional artist-in-residence programs. Synapse is a residency program driven by ANAT that enables collaboration between artists and scientists, with a focus on long-term benefits. Hear past and present Synapse artists and their host organisations speak about their experiences of collaborative research and its ongoing reach: resulting in new products, events and systems.
If you’re keen to get the inside story on the best way to break new ground in your art form, don’t miss the meeting between Australian video artist, Shaun Gladwell, and Rafaël Rozendaal, a Dutch-Brazilian artist, who sells websites as art. Each of these artists works experimentally in their different mediums and, in this exclusive In Conversation event for Vivid Ideas, they’ll discuss how they keep themselves innovating, and how they take their work to the world.
Many artists explore complex social issues and, in this In Conversation session between Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) and Australian artist, Lynette Wallworth, you’ll hear how they create art with a conscience together. Antony is a musician, activist and artist while Lynette is a multimedia artist: they recently collaborated with Martu women on a beautiful installation of painting, video and song for the Adelaide Biennale. Their diverse backgrounds bring a strength to their work that crosses disciplines and defies labels.
Love projections/new media art on walls? Vivid Ideas has two highlights for you this year. Electrolapse is a BYOB projection event staged over two days and nights in Walsh Bay, transforming the historic pier 2/3 warehouse into an immersive environment of projection, screen and video game art. If you’re a screen-based artist or game designer, this is for YOU!
Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about 3D-mapped projections with Richard De Souza, a visual artist who specialises in this exciting field. In his workshop, Richard will breakdown a 3D animation into multiple components then composite the scene within the realtime tool (Resolume). You’ll need a laptop plus a copy of Resolume Arena (licensed or demo) to get the best out of the session.
(In no particular order)
Every artist has their own story to tell and Vivid Ideas presents a series of conversations, chat sessions, BYO art events and workshops to help you do just that. Hear new ways of engaging in your art, and sharing it with a broader audience; from local communities to businesses, collaborating with other artists and experimenting with different mediums.
Check out the full program here. Vivid Ideas runs from 23 May–9 June, turning the Level 6 of the MCA into the Vivid Ideas Exchange, a festival hub that offers a bar, free entertainment and the best view of Vivid Sydney.