Enter a world of shifting illusions at Kaleidoscope, a mesmerising installation that came to Melbourne earlier this month as part of RISING. Navigate 700 sqm of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms. In a maze of corridors, you’ll engage with a slowly revolving display of light, colour and sound, ready to surprise and disorientate. Due to popular demand, Kaleidoscope will extend its season, and stay on Arts Centre Melbourne’s fourcourt until Sunday July 24.
Inspired by the classic kaleidoscope toy, this stunning experience will enchant and dazzle you in its shifting movements of light.
This installation comes to Melbourne courtesy of Keith Courtney, who was behind other acclaimed artistic projects such as House of Mirrors and 1000 Doors.
“No one will have the same experience in Kaleidoscope,” said Courtney. “This is a multi-sensory and at times physical experience where the visitor is completely submerged in sound and light – a vortex of serenity to somewhere or nowhere.”
This piece of immersive art was developed in collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating, composer Tamil Rogeon and artist Samantha Slicer, as well as a team of technicians.
“We are thrilled to be extending the season of Keith Courtney’s unparalleled large-scale work Kaleidoscope,” said Edwina Lunn, Director of Programming at Arts Centre Melbourne. “It has created such a buzz on the forecourt and been so wonderful to see and hear families, children and young people chatting about it after. If people thought they were missing out, here is their chance to book in and engage with something totally surreal and beautiful.”
During the second week of the school holidays, on Saturday July 2 from 11am to 12pm, there will also be a low sensory session. The soundscape volume will be lowered, ear plugs will be available, and information about the experience will be available online and at the box office. This will support access for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, Tourette’s syndrome, learning disabilities or dementia, people living with anxiety, people who have experienced trauma and anyone else who would benefit from a relaxed environment.
Tickets to this wondrous installation will set you back just $15, and is free for anyone under 5 or over 75. It will run daily from 12pm to 10pm, with final entry at 9:30pm.
After its run in Melbourne, Kaleidoscope will travel north to the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 11 to October 3. Then, it will go on an international tour.