Thirty years since Expo 88 lit up the Brisbane River’s southern banks, the area we all know as South Bank still has a few luminous tricks up its sleeves. Flowstate was one of them, a temporary creative space that took over the former Arbour View Café precinct, featuring an immersive digital art installation, an open-air performance pavilion and a grassy relaxation zone. It’s the first aspect, JEM by design studio ENESS, that immediately captured the city’s attention — and had Brisbanites rushing to the South Brisbane parklands. A glowing arc-like structure fashioned from LEDs, it responded to movement, meaning that everyone could influence its display of light and sound. Or, to put it another way, it emitted a symphonic and visual experience when approached. In addition to JEM’s eye-catching wonders, the 3000-square-metre space also boasted an array of performances, including a year-long free program during its first year of operation. On the 20-show-plus bill: CIRCA showing off their acrobatic skills in Aura, Dead Puppet Society unleashing their roving installation Megafauna and live, immersive, moonlit orchestra event Song to the Earth. Other highlights include participatory dance performance Planets, South Bank art tour What I’m Here For, and whispered storytelling from Brisbane writers, poets and artists in These Frozen Moments.
Words: Sarah Ward. Image: Joel Devereux.
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