May 23, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image credit: Spinifex Group
Official Vivid Sydney collaborator, Technical Direction Company (TDC) has shed light on its part in the huge undertaking required to stage the 23-day-and-night festival of light, music and ideas, which kicks off this Friday.
TDC’s team will light up buildings, illuminate performance stages and provide the backbone technology for digital wayfinding signage on the Vivid Light Walk, set to be the largest in the event’s 12 year history.
To help bring the festival to life from a technical standpoint, TDC has 30 crew working on the event a year in advance.
Over 1,000 design, administration and production hours are racked up during the project, alongside 3,858 technical delivery hours.
This year, the team will deploy the largest number of light projectors for the event to date, with 110 high definition projectors in use across 27 sites for the Light Walk for 23 nights. There will be 230 million pixels on display each evening.
“After 12 months of planning, our team are so excited to be back working on Vivid Sydney again,” said TDC technical project manager Alex Rendell.
“The project is a huge logistical and technical rollout for us.
“It is going to be bigger and brighter than ever. Vivid Sydney will showcase the largest projection mapping display at any single event ever in Australia,” he said.
TDC’s managing director Michael Hassett said technology was having a major influence on festivals.
“The Australian events industry in particular was hard hit by COVID and it’s great to see it start up again with new exciting technical achievements only to be seen at this year’s Vivid Sydney,” he said.
“We are now seeing a trend where technology is shaping the future of festivals in using brighter, extreme-scale visuals, combined with mind-blowing content.
“This is pushing artists and content creators to think beyond the traditional canvas to communicate, imagine and share experiences.”
TDC’s technical preparation for Vivid Sydney began in their warehouse in April, with onsite technical checks and projector line-ups taking place at Vivid locations around central Sydney from last Monday.
This year’s Vivid Light walk will stretch the full length of the city for the first time, from the Opera House and Circular Quay all the way to Central station at the southern end of the city.
Vivid Sydney, which has been cancelled for the past two years due to the pandemic, has historically provided a major economic boost to Sydney in a usually quiet trading period. In 2019, 2.4 million people attended the festival and it generated $172 million for the NSW economy.