For several months a cluster of creative minds from the Microsoft Social NUI and the Victorian College of the Arts have been toiling away to build an enormous interactive Art machine. I've been fortunate enough to have joined them in contributing to Encounters, a new interactive Art experience that is part machine, part performance, part game, part instrument, and particularly difficult to describe.
So, I stole this description from the official website:
"Step into Encounters’ interactive space and become part of a digital art spectacular. Join with friends and family or make new connections to shape the music and light art. Let loose together — and see what happens when you collaborate.
Encounters brings art, technology and people together in a weekly outdoor interactive digital art space in the VCA Courtyard throughout the 2015 SummerSalt Festival.
Come along and experience a cohesion of sound, music, lighting, and visual effects. All ages welcome."
Encounters is spectacular. Honestly, it ticks all of the spectacle boxes. It's huge, it's loud, it has dazzling lights, it draws you in, and empowers you to participate.
So I encourage you to come and join us, to step into the machine and experience Encounters for yourselves. We'll be at the Victorian College of the Arts every Saturday night in February culminating in White Night.
- 7pm–11pm Saturday 31 January 2015
- 7pm–11pm Saturday 7 February 2015
- 7pm–11pm Saturday 14 February 2015
- 7pm–2am Saturday 21 February 2015 (Melbourne White Night)
At the Victorian College of the Arts
Entry via Gate 3, Dodds Street, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank
VCA Arts Courtyard, Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank [view map]