Enlightenment – Vivid Sydney’s opening night cocktail party

Enlightenment – VIVID Sydney opening night cocktail party at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Saturday 26 May 2018, consisted of light, curated food and drinks, artisan performers and deep conversation.

The  Age of Enlightenment was an intellectual movement which advocates freedom, democracy and reason as primary values of society. It developed mainly in France, Britain and Germany in the 18th century when great thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot and Voltaire started to look at the world in a different way. They used science and reason to shed new light on traditional ideas and the way of doing things. This philosophical, cultural and social movement spread out of Europe and changed the world. Three hundred years later, we still ask the same questions.

The evening at The Calyx explored curious things from existence, aliveness, being human and the very essence of enlightenment – probing the mind and soul to think about difficult questions – and their answers. Guests also enjoyed exclusive access to the VIVID Light Walk to end the evening.

Those attending the evening listened to speeches by Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist who explored the wonders and possibility of our brain, Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence Specialist Tanya Latty, Collective Mind Expert Derek Leddie and Philosopher and Writer Tim Dean. Never before did I guess that ants have transport systems far superior to humans, although their collective approach to society does result in a barbaric disregard for the weak.

One of the highlights of the night was the Enlightenment cocktail which was made from gold leaf, St Germain elderflower liqueur, vermouth infused with herb de Provence, Belvedere single estate vodka, and a dash of dandelions and burdock bitters

If you thought you missed out on a great night, or if you were here but have room for further enlightenment, there will be an Enlightenment Immersive Dinner on Saturday 2 June 2018 at the Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The immersive dinner will include a three course shared feast, artisan performers and a selection of engaging speakers. Kerr, Leddy and Lattie will speak again and will be joined by Dan Goods, the Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of the Museum of Awe, who reminds people of the gift and privilege of being alive. Philosopher Matt Beard will also take to the stage, bringing old philosophical concepts of ethics, meaning and purpose into the modern world.

What: Enlightenment Feasts: Immersive Dinner – three course meal with matching wines, speakers and performances

Where: The Calyx in The Royal Botanic Gardens

When: Saturday, 2 June 2018, 6:30 pm – late

Price: $250

To buy tickets to Enlightenment at Vivid Sydney, go to:  http://www.hardthingstotalkabout.com/enlightenment/

Enter a Parallel Universe at The Argyle during Vivid 2016

The Argyle at The Rocks has transformed itself into four consecutive Parallel Universes during Vivid (27 May 2016 to the 18 June 2016). I attended The Argyle for the last free movie Monday to see the movie Avengers.
For 23 immersive nights futuristic music and kaleidoscopic lights collided in an otherworldly paradise. The Argyle at The Rocks will be turned into four consecutive Parallel Universes during Vivid (Avatar, Willy Wonka, Star Wars and Marvel). From state of the art light shows, themed roaming performers, mouth-watering Tex-Mex food, a special Vivid cocktail, live bands and top-line DJs, The Argyle had something for everyone.

For Movie Monday The Argyle’s iconic cobblestone courtyard was decked out with astro turf and deck chairs, and guests watched a free weekly movie with complimentary popcorn.

Throughout the Vivid celebrations they are offering the Lilikoi cocktail ($19) comprising Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Aperol, raspberry and passionfruit. 

For a pre-Vivid food fix there was kid-friendly Tex-Mex at The Argyle, as well as child-friendly meals at neighbouring restaurants El Camino Cantina and Munich Brauhaus. Pre-vivid dining from 5pm was also on offer at Saké Restaurant & Bar and The Cut Bar & Grill, which are located in The Argyle precinct, as well as Café Ananas which is situated in the hustle and bustle of Circular Quay.

The Argyle has two floors, six bars and revolving line-up of great DJs each weekend.

For the last week of Vivid (13th – 18th June) come to The Argyle to celebrate the final weekend of Vivid Festival. Headlining our insane DJ lineup are Minx, The Backhanderz, Bassik and Dave Winnel.


Where: The Argyle, 18 Argyle Street, Sydney, The Rocks

Throughout Vivid, 27th May – 18th June 2016, from 6pm.

For more information, go to: www.theargylerocks.com


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Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today unveiled the BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition, including two world premiere virtual reality works, presented free to the public from 4 until 18 June 2016 exclusively at Carriageworks in Australia. BJÖRK DIGITAL features immersive, large-scale and intimate digital video works and virtual reality experiences across five bespoke spaces at Carriageworks, created by Björk collaborating with some of the finest visual artists, film makers and programmers in the world. Björk will also perform DJ sets at two sold out concerts at Carriageworks on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016.

BJÖRK DIGITAL invites audiences to experience Björk’s music and videos in 4D through the immersive medium of virtual reality, including the world premiere of Notget by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, along with the Australian premiere of virtual reality projects Stonemilker and Mouth Mantra. Shot on location in Iceland by award winning director Andrew Huang, Stonemilker presents Björk in a windswept 360 degree film, while Mouth Mantra, directed by Jesse Kandra, transports the viewer to inside the Icelandic icon’s mouth, her tongue and teeth warped and twisted seemingly taking on a life of its own.

BJÖRK DIGITAL includes the Australian premiere of Black Lake presented exclusively in Sydney, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting-edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the work is directed by Los Angeles based fashion and music filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the highlands of Iceland.

Speaking from Sydney Björk commented on the project: Björk said: “I am very excited for you to see the VR videos to vulnicura. VR is not only a natural continuity to the music video but has an even more intimate theatrical potential, ideal for this emotional journey.”

A separate space in the exhibition offers visitors the chance to explore Björk’s immersive multi-media educational experience Biophilia, the first ever app to be purchased into the collection of MoMA. Biophilia comprises a suite of original music, interactive artworks and musical artefacts, that saw Björk collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures.

BJÖRK DIGITAL also features a curated program of Björk’s extensive video work, remastered for this unique exhibition experience at Carriageworks.   The video works spans the artist’s 24 year career including collaborations with film directors including Academy Award winners Spike Jones, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stéphane Sednaoui.

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson St, Redfern NSW 2016.  

EXHIBITION DETAILS: Björk Digital is presented from 4 – 18 JUNE, 10AM until 6PM. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. Timed tickets or bookings are required for the VR rooms in the exhibition, and are available online and onsite same-day. VR rooms are recommended 13+ Entry and access to the Cinema Room is free, no bookings required.