Osmosis Monorail

This abandoned monorail station will be transformed as part of an immersive art exhibition.
Ben Hansen
May 17, 2021


A relic of Sydney's old public transport network is being transformed this month as part of a new art exhibition from creative collective Osmosis. Chinatown's former monorail station is set to become the city's latest gallery space as Osmosis takes over for an 11-day exhibition of sound and light.

Opening in the 1980s, Sydney's monorail delivered people to the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Aquarium up until its deinstallation in 2013. While it's since been replaced by the much-maligned Light Rail, the monorail is a source of nostalgia for many Sydneysiders, especially those that link it to their first memories of the Sydney CBD. Osmosis is looking to play on this nostalgia — transforming the unused space through an immersive light and sound display.

Within the space, attendees will be met with an ambient soundtrack of field recordings, sound samples and melodies taken from recognisable songs from the past two decades. The soundscape, created by composer Mara Schwerdtfeger, is designed to conjure nostalgia and provide comfort following the tumultuous past 12 months. Accompanying the sound will be a dynamic lighting display created by multimedia artist George Webeck. Webeck's light show will move across the building's angled windows and architecture throughout the looping 30-minute experience.

Located at Level 5, Number One Dixon Shopping Centre, entry will be free with no bookings required. Drinks will be on hand courtesy of event sponsors Never NeverKonpira, MaruYulli's and Fever Tree. If you're looking to take a peak behind the exhibition's curtain, Schwerdtfeger, Webeck and Creative Director Marco Rinaldi will be giving an artist talk, discussing the activation on Wednesday, May 26.


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