Sydney - Tuesday 23 May, 2017. From 6pm on Friday 26 May, visionary Sydney director Ash Bolland will bring the Sydney Opera House sails to life as never before with the stunning Audio Creatures, a spectacular animation co-curated by Sydney Opera House and Destination NSW for Vivid Sydney.
Set to a bespoke soundtrack by Brazilian electronic producer Amon Tobin and featuring morphing mesmeric marine and plant life, cut with sleek futuristic technology, Audio Creatures is Bolland’s very contemporary response to Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece of organic architecture, itself inspired by nature and brought to life by cutting-edge technology.
Ash Bolland, Creative Director of Audio Creatures said: “I’m thrilled and excited to transform the extraordinary Sydney Opera House into the powerful, melodic, delicate and graceful Audio Creatures - that reflect the magic of imagination.”
Ben Marshall, Curator of Vivid LIVE said: “It’s a great honour to have Sydney creative Ash Bolland’s mesmerising Audio Creatures on our sails with commissioned music by Vivid LIVE alumni and visionary iconoclastic electronic producer, Amon Tobin. I’ve been a long-time admirer of Ash’s powerful imagination and his ability to realise it – to actually bring it into the world with an incredible level of detail and precision. This year’s Sails are the most technically ambitious yet and seeing these stunning, living creatures brought to life within Utzon’s organic architecture will be utterly dazzling.”
Ignatius Jones, Creative Director of Vivid Sydney said: “Audio Creatures is a perfect fit for Vivid Sydney 2017, and it’s a very different activation for the Sails this year. This is the first time that we’re turning the Sails into a variety of different fantastical creatures that will morph into each other. It’s the most serious piece of 3D we’ve done with the Sails, and is sure to delight everyone who experiences it.”
In 2017, Vivid LIVE invites the curious to experience Lighting the Sails in the most immersive way possible and delve into an infinite oceanic expanse with The Last Audio Creature in Virtual Reality. Inspired by the secret and mysterious lives of the marine underworld, the free immersive virtual reality experience features one of the shape-shifting, magnificent creatures that will inhabit the Sydney Opera House sails. Located on the Sydney Opera House box office level, the VR project will be experienced uniquely on three Samsung Gear VR devices within The Lounge Enabled by Samsung from 5pm each evening during Vivid Sydney.
Lighting the Sails: Audio Creatures is best viewed from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, where the full audio-visual collaboration can be experienced. A limited number of listening pods will be located at the northern end of the Lower Concourse, adjacent to the Welcome Centre, where audiences can stream Amon Tobin’s Audio Creatures soundtrack.
Audio Creatures will run each night from 6pm to 11pm from 26 May to 17 June. Audiences unable to witness Audio Creatures in person will be able to stream the full broadcast of Lighting the Sails LIVE from the Sydney Opera House Facebook page from 5.45pm AEST on Friday May 26.