Shine on You Crazy Diamond

In this performance, projection and installation, artist Lauren Brincat attempts to valiantly harness the power of the sun, reflecting its energy and warmth back towards the viewer.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 14 May 2010 to Sunday 30 May 2010
Launch Sunday 30 May 2010, 6pm, Closing Night Party with Performance by Lauren Brincat & Bree van Ryk

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Published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Tuesday 20 April 2010.
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This double-act of reflection is performed using a crash cymbal from a drum kit. The artist uses the cymbal to obscure her face and, in the process, transforms into a mythical symbol for the sun itself. As she harnesses the sun’s rays, the solar glow of the cymbal against the backdrop of the drought-stricken landscape highlights a harsh reality. Standing atop a water tank in a paddock, the ‘sunburnt country’ becomes an integral part of the performance. Reminiscent of a traditional Australian landscape painting, the stillness in the video highlights the subtle colour changes of the landscape as the sun sets.

Installed in a cavernous underground chamber beneath Federation Square, Shine on You Crazy Diamond envelops the audience in this act of reflection. As the sun reflects off Brincat’s cymbal, the screen appears to project its own light into the chamber, bathing the audience in a brilliant, visceral glow.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond will close with a one-off live, collaborative performance by Lauren Brincat and percussionist Bree van Ryk.

Supporters: MONA, Federation Square, Keir, Australia Council for the Arts

Shine on You Crazy Diamond was co-commissioned by Next Wave and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). It was first presented at MONA FOMA in Hobart, in January 2010.

Slot 9, Federation Square, Corner of Flinders and Swanston streets, Melbourne
Enter via the Atrium.
Duration: Every day until 5pm
Price: Free