Found At E Minor: Aussies take their mind-blowing high-tech living sculpture to Tokyo

In late 2017, renowned Australian multimedia studio ENESS was invited to take their six-metre-wide Sonic Light Bubble to the Roppongi Art Night festival in Tokyo, and the enormous living sculpture was a real hit with visitors in the land of the rising sun.

The people at ENESS are known for embarking on projects that blur the boundaries between technology and art. Previous projects like their Mobius stop motion sculpture in Melbourne’s Federation Square, or the massive 12,000 LED installation they made for EDM group RUFUS have been praised by prestigious design magazines all around the world.

The company has also earned various accolades, like first prize in Creation Cinema at the 2014 Create Awards or the Japan Media Arts award in 2007.

The Mori art museum in Tokyo invited the Melbourne-based studio to exhibit their Sonic Light Bubble, a gigantic spheric sculpture that pulsates with patterns of light and sound that depend on how passersby interact with it.

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The bubble is comprised of an array of LED-lit disks that shine inside and out. According to the studio, “this giant synthetic organism attempts to humanise lighting-based public art and attracts passersby to engage and interact with it’s beauty.”

The interactive sphere, which can be set up in two hours and dismantled in just one, was displayed earlier this year during White Night Melbourne.

The Roppongi Art Night festival was held in Tokyo during the night between the 30th of September and the 1st of October, and it’s said it have attracted some 600,000 people. The district of Roppongi is one of the most hip areas in the city, full of late-night bars and clubs.

The festival, which started back in 2009, is free of charge and displays modern art, design, music, film, and performances.

ENESS Creative Director Nimrod Weis said about the invitation, “It’s an honour to be selected by Mori Art Museum to exhibit this work, it’s one of my favourite contemporary art galleries. We look forward to seeing the reaction from a new audience.”

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