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Intertwining light, music and ideas

A multimedia installation to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Richard Wagner,Wagnerlicht explores and reinterprets the composer’s epic music drama Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) for a young generation not familiar with Wagner’s work. The free exhibition can be seen at Arts Centre Melbourne from 15 November to 14 December as part of Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle celebrations.

A concept by Michael Day from the University of Technology , Sydney,  Wagnerlicht is made up of various multi-scale components which use different technologies in a way that allows viewers to interact with them, recreating sections of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Niebelungen.

The exhibition consists of sculptural elements designed and fabricated by innovative young and established light artists and academics plus post graduate and undergraduate design & sound students from the University of Technology Sydney and the Universities of Applied Sciences in Ansbach and Mainz, Germany.

Wagnerlicht started in May 2013 at the Sydney Conservatorium as part of the Sydney Vivid Festival of Light, Music & Ideas and travelled to the Bachhaus Museum in Eisenach in Germany in July. At each venue, the exhibition was expanded to accommodate more elements added by local design and music students.

From Melbourne, plans are underway for Wagnerlicht to continue on and travel to light festivals in Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore and Lyon. When finally fully assembled in three years in the Czech Republic at the Prague Sceneography Quadrennial, the installation will consist of over 40 elements that will present a multi-layered interpretation of the philosophy and musical themes of theRing Cycle.

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building Foyers
15 November – 14 December 2013

Curators Talk with Michael Day
Sunday 8 December, 2pm
Meet at Concierge Desk, Theatres Building


Lit Link in Action

Lit Link by Andrew Bluff and Dean English, 2013. This interactive installation is a part of Michael Day’s Wagnerlicht travelling exhibition. As the audience engages with the ten separate ‘instruments’ of this interactive orchestra, notes from all 16 hours of Wagner’s Ring Cycle operas are triggered. As each instrument is on it’s unique own timeline, the orchestra combines to create a non-linear reinterpretation of Wagner’s epic score.

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‘Wagner Light’ Bach House in Eisenach

Eisenach (AP) – Richard Wagner guest at Bach: light and sound installations to Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen” are seen in Bach House in Eisenach since Friday.More than 20 designers, composers, and media studios interpret the operatic work of a new generation point of view, said the Bach House.

The show, “Wagner Lighting» lasts until 31October. She was seen in May in Sydney and then goes back to Australia, where they mark the 200th Richard Wagner’s birthday is issued at the Wagner Melbourne Arts Festival.


Opening Night Video – Bluffy




Article in Illumni

Small scale sculptural elements have been designed and fabricated by innovative young and established light artists, academics and post graduate design & sound students from the University of Technology Sydney, RMIT and The University of Applied Sciences in Ansbach, Germany. Each element incorporates changeable light and sound components that respond to and comment on Wagner’s Ring Cycle themes. Some boxes contain small installations viewed through peepholes and listened to through headphones; others are larger immersive environments that can be played with or climbed on. Different immersive soundscapes, with changing mood lighting have been created for each exhibition venue….

KEEP READING : http://www.illumni.co/vivid-sydney-2013-wagnerlicht/

Sydney Opening night Sneak Peek

Studio McDermott Baxter for wagnerlicht 2013

WAGNERLICHT- VIVID 2013 (collaboration partner)
Studio McDermott Baxter
Sound Designer David Ferstl
Zumtobel Aphrodite Light
Zenian DMX player