For one night in September, the inner city suburb of Chippendale becomes a playground for artists, locals and local artists. The BEAMS Arts Festival showcases work from a wide spectrum of the arts and has easily become one of the City's more exciting and avant-garde gatherings. With the 2015 Festival fast approaching, Simon Rochowski, from studioplusthree, reflects on his collaborative installation from last year.
Responding to the BEAMS festival's creative brief of "utopia", this installation combined a photographic and architectural response using a projector, our live studio, and festival visitors. We created an imaginary built environment using the windows and people of the Chippendale area on the existing wall that established the boundary of the old brewery site.
The citizens of our presupposed utopia were participants who wandered into our space over the course of the festival evening. Through our process of technical wizardry, the public were incorporated into the projection, forming a haphazard city of their own making. In this city, serendipity occurs from chance encounters, crowds are formed in opportune places, and buildings are created at will.
The only constraint we placed on our imagined landscape is that the windows of the Living Room, which form the building blocks of this new city, are captured within the confines of the Chippendale postcode – referencing the existing context and questioning its future.
A collaboration between studioplusthree and Black Door Studio: Noel McLaughlin, Mark Bond, Shane Rozario.
Discover more about the BEAMS Arts Festival, including information about this year's program, here.