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SuperLux (Smart Light Cities)

An event in association with Art & About Sydney

SuperLux (Smart Light Cities) is an exhibition at Customs House which surveys and traces creative lighting achievements on a global scale using nature-sensitive ideas and low energy electroluminescent (digitally enabled) technologies for lighting cities at night.

The exhibition stems from the success of the inaugural ‘Smart Light’ harbourside lightworks exhibition in 2009 and Vivid Sydney 3D projection mapping over the façade of Customs House. It includes imagery from the new international survey book, SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities, edited by Davina Jackson, a co-founder of the Smart Light festivals, being published internationally by Thames & Hudson. The exhibition also features site specific light artworks for Customs House curated and produced by UTS lecturer, Mike Day, who has worked with masters students to use new-era white LEDs to re-illuminate the building facade and the City of Sydney scale model under the glass floor on the ground floor.

Twilight Garden by Mary-Anne Kyriakou (Founder and Curator of the Sydney Smart Light Walk, 2008) features 12 radiant, ornamental pillars reflected in a black ‘pond’. Colour-changing LED lights softly transform the naturalistic imagery, reminiscent of water gardens in ancient Islamic cities. Four Shore by Damian Gascoigne (UTS), is an ocean-inspired animation, projection-mapped precisely to the 3D curved ‘screen’ of a spiral staircase. Galaxia 3, by Alan Rose, is a colour-changing illumination of chamfered tubes geometrically arrayed to form a bas-relief sculptural panel on a diagonal wall in Customs House Lane. Nocturnal Nuances and Radiant City: new illumination designs for the Customs House building façade and City model, by Mike Day with Rick Cale.

The Superlux (Smart Light Cities) exhibition is curated by Davina Jackson (visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths/University of London) and Mike Day (architect and theatre/light designer).

This exhibition is also an associated event for Art and About. The Near Kin Kin bamboo sculptural installation by Cave Urban on Customs House Square will be illuminated by Mike Day and UTS students.


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Thursday 3 September to Saturday 17 October 2015



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