The first year, 2009 when I saw the light picture on the Sydney Opera House, I was happy that someone had the same idea with me for the way of the appreciation of the beauty of this architecture after sun goes down and actually acted on that. Brian Eno was the first curator of this fresh concept of light and music festival. Unfortunately I lost all my photos of this year by the extra hardware storage malfunction. This incident gave me several thought along with the futility of this digital image era.
In the second year, the Macquarie street joined and St. Mary’s Cathedral became the centre point of this light festival. The illumination of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music created the hallucination of the island of paradise. Laurie Anderson, the co-curator with Lou Reed, shared the extra pleasure for the audience with her talk about NASA residency art project experience. Most of all, the Creative Sydney offered fresh and absolutely creative seminars, performances and music events at the MCA entitling the Vivid as the festival of ‘Light, Music and Ideas’.
The 2011 Vivid is my favourite so far, especially the fantastic Opera house light designed by ‘Superbien’ as the word itself say, ‘Super good!’ The Customs House created spectacular building interactive 3D projection. The Sony lounge at the Opera House studio held the light and music party with insects beating rhythms on electric music instruments. At the end of the night, the bowl of noodle under the light rain added the mood.
Now 2012, I can confirm the popularity of this festival surrounded by the packed crowd. I would say this year’s Vivid is ‘Interactive’ and more conceptual than visualisation. I loved the surrealistic SF effect box, standing for a quite while.