As if the Sydney Opera House wasn’t already striking to behold, a group of Australian artists called “The Spinifex Group” have made it even wilder. As part of Sydney’s “Vivid” festivalâwhich started on Fridayâthe Opera House will be home to a crazy projected light-show for the next several weeks. And it’s awesome.
In an attempt to reinvent the movie theater, designer and architect Ron Arad is set to create a levitating movie theater in the Israel Museum’s rose garden. A lot of attempts at immersive cinema have been over-the-top as of late, with scent sprayers and overloaded special effects. This one sounds classier, and fun!
“Done well, interactive theatre is extraordinary: engaging, exhilarating and transcendent. All too often, however, so-called ‘interactive’ shows are sloppy and ineffective. They feel loose – anarchic even – when they actually demand a rigorous approach.”
Alright, so while this does not directly reference Sleep No More, Punchdrunk, the Fraggle Room, or the likes, the ideas expressed are integral to our understanding of the immersive (emursive?) theatrical experience, as well as its future. This study takes what we’ve grown to assume - “that audiences are looking for a blurring of barriers between content and reality in a layered yet cohesive execution” - and fleshes it out with some very interesting data. I’ve linked to the high level overview, but the entire study is available online - with some whiz-bang visuals and a casual writing style - here.