Friday, 12 July 2013

Launch of New Light Industrial: bringing a beaming audience to an old industrial space

NLI_Launch Helen BockWednesday 10th of July brought councillors, business people, residents and artists to the old Wool store on Baker Street Port Adelaide, for the launch of New Light Industrial.

Over 60 people met just after dark, to see the space transformed with elegant luminous installations, interactive projection and light sculptures presented by illuminart and collaborating artists.

Invited speakers Andrew Crust (Renewal SA) and Cath Duncan (Chamber of Commerce, Annie Rennie Chapter) endorsed the concepts of illumination, and creative collaboration, before Cindi Drennan spoke in detail about the upcoming events that were to be presented in the Port Adelaide area.

On display was the completed Interactive Quilt, created and just completed over the last few months in Port Adelaide. This beautiful construction of textile designs and points of light has been made by textile artists around SA, pieced together by Kathryn Sproul in readiness for display. The quilt is self illuminated with a gentle glow, with segments lighting up in response to the touch of someone interacting with it.

Also on display were beautiful Interactive Lanterns, that combine programmed electronics that respond to sound or touch.

Light Rhythm Plays / Visual Music instruments were also on display, giving people a chance to toy with the idea of making projection respond to touch or movement. Naturally this was most popular with the younger members of the audience.

Examples of moving image and photography by artists involved in the Luminous Art Trail and the Night Mural were also on display.

Together the illuminated artworks will be presented as a beautiful new event in the Port Adelaide area, allowing people to explore the streets and enjoy creative illuminations.