Carriageworks’ Public Space will be transformed by an enormous light installation next month as part of Vivid. Contact, a work by light artist Sam Whiteside (also founder of Sydney experimental art and music collective Soft Centre, will use algorithms to generate simulations and pulsing shafts of light that’ll warp and bend the shadows of the historic Carriageworks buildings.
The effect will be rounded out with a dense layer of haze and a mesmerising soundscape composed and produced by Patrick Liney (of electronic duo Cosmo’s Midnight). Every night of the installation, DJs will play, with free sets from Body Corp, Cousin, Flower Boy, Salllvage, Stereogamous and Vibe Positive.
Soft Centre will also take over the Carriageworks precinct for a full day on June 4 for a festival bringing together experimental electronic music, performance art and emerging technology. Expect a performance of new music by Canberra-born, Sydney-based EBM (electronic body music) artist Gus McGrath, with arrangements by Marcus Whale and art direction by artist Chloe Corkran. There’ll also be a set by Gamilaraay DJ Crescendoll, backed up with a performance by pole dancer collective Club Chrome; a set by US DJ and producer Estoc; and a live set by Makeda, bringing together her smooth sounds with figure rollerskating.
Another artist has also been added to the Carriageworks music line-up – which already includes such heavy-hitters as all-female Japanese rock band Chai, queer indie icon Perfume Genius and synth-driven musos Jono Ma and Jonti. Cult-favourite rapper and singer Zheani has been announced as the support act for Estonian rapper Tommy Cash on June 3.
Throughout Vivid, Atomic Brewery, from down the road in Redfern, will be pouring beers and tequila-based cocktails, as well as serving its signature Asian-fusion dishes, including pork bao, turmeric and makrut lime-infused sausage rolls and spicy fries.
Contact will be at Vivid from June 2–11. Entry to the installation is free.