Vivid 2015 lighting installations at Tzannes’ Irving Street Brewery

The 2015 Vivid Sydney light festival took place 22 May through 8 June throughout the city, combining light, music and creative events. Artists Bradley Eastman (aka Beastman) and Reko Rennie contributed to the festival with their light shows that use the Irving Street Brewery, an adaptive re-use project by Tzannes, as their backdrop.

Bradley Eastman’s and Reko Rennie’s light shows for the 2015 Vivid Sydney light festival were projected onto the Irving Street Brewery, located in the the heart of Sydney’s Central Park neighbourhood. Tzannes’ adaptive re-use of the former Kent Brewery site retains the buildings’ brick facades and inserts part of a trigeneration plant that powers the neighbourhood.

Eastman’s piece is entitled It’s All Around You and runs from zero to nine seconds in the first video and zero to seven seconds in the second video. “It explores futuristic ideas of the progression of nature and visual growth patterns. The piece is an abstract and stylized statement about what nature could become,” Eastman says about his work.

Video by Brett Boardman

CULTURE IS NOT A LIFESTYLE CHOICE by Reko Rennie serves as political commentary on government initiatives to close Aboriginal communities and relocate the communities’ residents. It’s shown nine seconds into the first video and seven seconds into the second video.

“This work is a direct response to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who backed a plan earlier this year in Western Australia to close more than 100 remote communities and move more than 1,000 Aboriginal people,” Rennie says about his artwork for the Vivid festival.

“In response to his [Abbott’s] decision he said, ‘what we can’t do is endlessly subsidize lifestyle choices.’ This work is shot on various communities in Western Australia and in my own community of northwestern New South Wales. I have incorporated text and symbolism such as the Aboriginal flag and used it to remind the Prime Minister, and anyone else, that culture is not a lifestyle choice,” Rennie says.

Video by Brett Boardman

The Vivid Light festival is part of Vivid Sydney, an annual event bringing together art, music and creative ideas.



Published online: 10 Sep 2015
Words: Lara Brown
Images: Brett Boardman


Architecture Australia, September 2015

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