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By Sarah Ward
August 12, 2018

Antony Youssef: Organism

This interactive art piece combines art and nature in the University of Sydney's Courtyard Cafe.
By Sarah Ward
August 12, 2018

Vivid might've been and gone for 2018; however it's not the only event that brings brightness to Sydney's dark corners. Antony Youssef's Organism takes inspiration from the city's annual arts, culture and light show, as well as events such as Dark Mofo — and it's illuminating the University of Sydney's Courtyard Restaurant & Bar between August 13 and 17.

Here's how it works: you head along, walk through a tree-filled space, and then watch as the installation responds to your presence. The piece's lights and music change to interact with visitors, in a gorgeous — and luminous — blend of technology and nature.

"People are momentarily removed from their environments, forgetting the mundanities of everyday life, ensconced in the possibilities, wonder and 'magic'," explains artist and University of Sydney student Youssef. If that sounds like a big call, then consider the specifics: one of the trees in his installation deploys sensors and lights to show how humans impact upon the environment, another triggers animations through the use of water, and another can receive text messages from participants.

Entry is free, with the installation open from 5–8pm across its five-day run. Attendees can also nab a drink special, including Iron Jack schooners for $6 or $20 growlers.

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