Have you seen the mega video projection on the Opera House, or the water theatre at Darling Harbour or attended a workshop that takes you behind the creative process? This year’s Vivid Sydney is in town again, with its splendors of light, music and ideas.
What I like about this event is that it is conceptually easily accessible to the general public. No matter where you start or when you start with the show, you can always take away an experience that is unique to you. And that is exactly true. One can hardly find an accurate word to describe the show, or the event, or the thing… Would it be appropriate to call it a display of art, a series of musical events, knowledge sharing and networking of the creative industries, or just a tourism attraction, a winter-time nightly entertainment? Maybe the true nature of the whole thing lies in the cross-border ambiguities that accord with everyone in one way or another. I toured the Circular Quay section of the light show on last Saturday night with a group of friends and it proved to be one of my best experiences recently.
Ironically the place we spent most time was not in front of some kind of giant video projections which one is expected to admire in awe, but the Rocks markets where we ducked away with a tide of crowd and excitedly ate and chat our way through. The night was chilly but filled with the light, the colour, the smells, or perhaps a sense of sensation, like an electrical current that suddenly passed through the crowd. And the light show in a distance just added to yet another reason for the family and friends to share some happy moments together.
And it happened that the moon stood out to be the biggest hit on the night, hanging up high above everything else pouring out its reflective sunlight in sheer silver beams.