Feel the earth move beneath your feet in this free, large-scale immersive installation in the Forecourt outside Customs House, Circular Quay.
Groundswell is a new work by Matthias Schack-Arnott, an award-winning artist from Melbourne who fuses sound and movement into evocative, atmospheric experiences.
How lightly do we tread upon the world? This kinetic, interactive artwork responds to every step we take. You are invited to stand on a raised platform that responds as you shift your weight. Thousands of illuminated balls below create a visual and sonic response to individual motions, ensuring each moment is different from the last.
Groundswell sees Matthias Schack-Arnott again collaborating with Keith Tucker from Megafun and Tilman Robinson following their award winning Everywhen. His creations - praised by the Guardian as "visually and sonically exquisite - have been presented around the world.
Groundswell will be open throughout the festival and no bookings are necessary.
This is a free event and doesn't require booking - walk-ins are encouraged. Join the Groundswell Facebook event for updates on conditions and capacities on the day.
Thu–Sat from 11am to 9pm
Sun–Wed from 11am to 7pm
The installation is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. The flooring within the installation will tilt slightly as it responds to the weight of patrons.
75% visual content. This installation has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.
The auditory component of this installation can be very loud.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
Concept, Sound & Visual Design Matthias Schack-Arnott
Technical Design & Management, Lighting Design Keith Tucker (Megafun)
Sound Design Tilman Robinson
Producer Michaela Coventry – Sage Arts
Co-Produced by Sydney Festival and Commissioned by Melbourne Fringe with Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, the Besen Family Foundation and the Playking Foundation
Photo: Pier Carthew
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