Alice in Technoland | Video
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
By John Dugan
Can't make it to Sydney for the 18th Bienalle? Me either, but from the looks of it, a visit to Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde's light installation "Dune X" is a must if you don't mind being freaked out a bit. The interactive work is 42 meters in length and housed in the Dogleg tunnels on Cockatoo Island. Like a living thing, the installation visibly reacts to the behaviour of visitors that come into close proximity to it. Hundreds of sensors detect motion, and optical fibers dim and brighten in response to the movements of people passing by. It feels a bit like a 21st Century update to an old Star Trek set. Sponsored by Scanlan & Theodore, the commissioned short film called ‘Dune X’ above brings the experience to our small screens with a vaguely techno horror vibe.
If you're heading to Oz, visit Daan Roosegaarde’s installation in Cockatoo Island’s Dogleg Tunnel during the 18th Biennale of Sydney, 28 June to 16 September.