Tumbalong Lights: Inclusive Playspace
A collection of six activations that form an inclusive and accessible Vivid Sydney Light experience for both children and the young at heart.
Fri 24 May - Sat 15 Jun
5pm - 11pm daily
In 2019, Vivid Sydney once again champions diversity and inclusion. Tumbalong Lights is back and better than ever with an inclusive playground playSPACE thanks to the continuing partnership with Cushman & Wakefield and their friends in the property industry.
Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, Tumbalong Lights celebrates the art of play, the basic human right of inclusion and the joy of discovery in honour of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Installations and activations have been produced using the principles of ‘universal design’ so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a trip to outer space. The design process for Tumbalong Lights involved extensive collaboration with artists who have a disability to create a world where everyone belongs.
Get down and jam with a very funky Alien Visitor. Experience Under the Milky Way through indigenous dreaming. Race your mates at Space Balls, an inter-galactic planetary spin on the old favourite game ‘marble run’. In See What I See by renowned artist Digby Webster, catch a glimpse of yourself mirrored through groundbreaking technology. Journey To the Moon and Back in under three minutes! Then take a moment to enjoy a stop motion animation about the moon landing created by Bus Stop Films.
Artists: Kieran Kenny (Australia) / Jonathan Nix (Australia)
Alien Visitor is a sensory experience that enables musicians of all abilities to collaborate and create sound in a stimulating environment. Come and join in the fun, whether it’s jamming out a solo on an invisible beam or triggering drum loops with your head. There are as many ways to make music as there are types of people.
At six metres tall, Alien Visitor is an unmissable organic alien object that responds to simple gestural commands with beautiful sound and light experiences. With blinks, bleeps and extra-terrestrial signals, it invites exploration by groups of visitors simultaneously.
The installation is centrally located within Tumbalong Lights and provides 360 degree access and interaction. Visitors can join, play and leave as they choose, involving family, friends, carers and other guests to contribute their own chords in an ever changing musical composition.
The designers aim to ensure that the full range of Alien Visitor experiences is accessible to all users, no matter their degree of ability. They believe that music and art are essential to the human experience, and through appropriate use of technology they enable everyone to take part and share in the delight that transpires beyond words and conscious thought.
Under The Milky Way
Artists: Pink Cactus (Australia), Spiire: Matt York (Australia)
Under the Milky Way tells the story of Warambul – the Big River in the Sky. It is about discovering the Milky Way through indigenous astronomy as told by the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people. Designers Pink Cactus and Spiire are committed to both cultural and environmental inclusion. Under the Milky Way has been designed in partnership with Miss Karlie Noon, the first indigenous astronomer in NSW to tell the story of the Milky Way.
Abstracted into a series of semi-enclosed, meandering tunnels, the installation establishes a sensory pathway that enhances the arrival and queuing experience at Tumbalong Lights. Experience an intergalactic light show all around you that glows and changes in response to proximity as you move through the installation. It seems as though you are floating through the Milky Way, alighting on planets and stars that tell the story of Warambul. Major constellations are further celebrated by light works and sculptures including the Goolee-bhar Tree (Coal Sack Nebula), The River, and The Emu. Children and carers can touch and interact with these sculptures on their journey.
Artist: George Buchanan (Australia)
SpaceBalls is an intergalactic planetary spin on the old favourite, marble run. Turn the wheels and push the buttons to wind the balls up into position, then watch as they roll and tumble their way through outer space! SpaceBalls is a fun and interactive installation for all ages and abilities, and has been produced according to the principles of ‘universal design’.
SpaceBalls is equally thrilling whether you’re playing the interactive game or just observing the sound and light show if that’s more your speed.
Pink Cactus collaborated with young artists with disabilities, incorporating their artworks into the solar system design of SpaceBalls.
See What I See
Artists: 42 Interactive (Australia) / Digby Webster (Australia)
Many people with disabilities have amazing talents and heightened senses. Some express these attributes using their artistic abilities.
Digby Webster is a widely exhibited, Sydney-based visual artist with disability. His canvases burst with vibrant colour whether they are abstracts, portraits or landscapes.
Digby’s perception of the world around him is fascinating. See What I See is an interactive installation that gives visitors a chance to experience the way Digby sees us. Stand in front of the frame and see yourself mirrored through advanced facial recognition technology that interprets your features and expressions into a morphing vision of colour and light that is uniquely Digby in style.
42 Interactive hope that the installation brings attention and exposure to artists with disabilities, and helps encourage inclusion of people of all abilities.
To The Moon and Back
Artist: Habitat Media (Australia)
Five, four, three, two, one.... Vivid Sydney, we have lift off. Habitat Media have created an out of this world experience for people of all abilities. From the moment visitors sit in the wheelchair-accessible lunar buggy, an immersive audio-visual sequence takes them to the moon and back. Blast off from NASA’s base and rocket into orbit, then land on the moon’s surface where you’ll see our tiny blue planet from a very different perspective. Take off into space once more and land safely back on earth.
Using sound, light and space imagery, this ‘room’ installation uses projection technology to evoke a sense of discovery that honours the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. The experience is based on the concept of a skating rink and each Moon Mission takes approximately three minutes.
Working within the theme of a ‘world of inclusion’, Habitat Media have collaborated with young people with disabilities to design the flags that adorn the moon buggy.
One Giant Leap
One Giant Leap is an inclusively made, stop-motion animation produced by students from Bus Stop Films. This animated film screens each night during Vivid Sydney at Tumbalong Lights: playSPACE an inclusive playground of light installations at Tumbalong Park in the heart of Darling Harbour.
When a space crew’s lunar mission goes horribly wrong, the team needs to come up with a creative solution to get back home to earth. Astronauts Val, Andy and Elon have crashed landed on the moon. Their ship – the once impressive Endymion – is now barely more than a twisted pile of debris. Before giving in to feelings of dejection, the trio unshackle a moon buggy and start exploring. Is there a way back? Will they see their families and loved ones again? There could be hope… and it’s going to take ‘one giant leap’ of faith.
One Giant Leap is created by students and tutors who attend the Bus Stop Films 'Accessible Film Studies Program', which is delivered in partnership with the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The program is an award-winning film school curriculum for adults with intellectual disability.