Lighting The Sails

Universal Everything (UK)

22 May - 8 Jun 2015
Lights from 6 pm - midnight

This year, Vivid LIVE has commissioned multi-disciplinary design collective Universal Everything to create a new projected artwork for the sails of Sydney Opera House – Vivid LIVE's most public event. Founded 11 years ago by creative director Matt Pyke in Sheffield, England, the bold colour-friendly group have collaborated with bands (Radiohead's Polyfauna), brands (MTV), record labels (Warp), and mammoth events alike such as the London 2012 Olympics and the largest screen unveiled yet at the heart of New York's Times Square.

Threading their playful sense of discovery, anthropomorphic creation and digitally-crafted landscapes through each project, Pyke and his globally-based team continue to play with new technologies to invent new forms of design and movement – all conceived from the same back garden shed where Universal Everything began.

Expressing a desire to push the latest technology into unusual formats that rethink the human form, Universal Everything will create a new digital trail of colour-fuelled work on an older canvas in Sydney, though one with an orange peel-inspired shape that continues to astound 40 years on.

One small thing. Universal Everything never read design magazines. Ever. If they're on the look for inspiration, New Scientist is all they need.


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