Friday Night Laneways | World Science Festival Brisbane

Brisbane City Council selected Engage Arts to produce Friday Night Laneways in March 2016. The event was held at Fish Lane, South Brisbane as part of a citywide activation showcasing the links between science and art, through innovative and interactive public programming for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane.

In response to the Council’s brief Engage Arts developed the curatorial theme of ‘Organic Data’, exploring interpretations of the wealth of data that surrounds us. For this project, we wanted to transform Fish Lane into an electronic canvas whereby artists could present audio, interactive, projection, and light based works.

We collaborated with four Queensland based creatives deeply influenced by visual art, technology, music, poetry, and science with cross-disciplinary practices. The team consisted of; digital artist Alinta Krauth, hypermedia artist and poet Jason Nelson, musician and composer Craig Parry, and visual technician and VJ Mark Wells. Each of these artists were commissioned to create new site-specific works for the event.

The production challenge was to create a space within the laneway where each of the works could be effectively displayed and how to provide an opportunity for the audience to interact in real-time. We contracted Brisbane Concert Lighting (BCL) for lighting design and technical production. Without the opportunity for a full rehearsal the team met offsite, creating solutions for the vision and interactive elements to work together. The final works used a variety of interactive techniques including, WiiMotes, a control box, and physical immersion in front of the projection mapping.

The event was well attended with audience members stopping to enjoy each of the works, for more visuals and information check out the – Engage Art blog or Engage Arts YouTube Channel.

Engage Arts services for the Brisbane City Council included:

  • CREATIVE – Curatorial Theme, Artistic Direction, Artist Selection, Commissioning and Contracting.
  • MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS – Communications, Copywriting, Artist interviews, Print and Digital Marketing Campaign, Social Media Marketing – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.
  • PRODUCTION / POST-PRODUCTION – All aspects of production from planning to delivery and post-event reporting. Post-production collateral including photography and event videos.
  • BUDGET – Budget and financial reporting, delivering the all aspects of the project in-time and on-budget.

Examples, Organic Data marketing campaign.

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