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Sydney Vivid Lights Festival


20 May 2018



Nacre is a project of Pulpo Collective, made as a part of Vivid Light and Sound Festival 2018 for Sydney, Australia by:
Project and Design Team of Pulpo Collective: Lalin Keyvan, Nikolaos Argyros, Jonathan Irawan, Noor El-Gewely, Firas Safieddine and Mehmet Berk Bostanci.
Sponsors and Collaborators:
Hassell Studio, Box and Dice PTy. Ltd, ShowTex Australia, ProtoPixel.

Nacre takes inspiration from the many shell middens found during excavations of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. The middens revealed that the site was once a rich source of cockles, mussels and rare species of molluscs, which were gathered by skilled fisherwomen from local Aboriginal communities.

For centuries before European contact, the Aboriginal fisherwomen from the clans of the Eora nation around Sydney Harbour practised their skills in a way that did no harm to its delicate and diverse ecosystem.

In creating Nacre the artists wished to honour Aboriginal people and highlight the role that sustainable principles, such as those practised by traditional users of the natural world can play in protecting fragile marine environments.

The title of the installation, Nacre, refers to the mother of pearl produced in the inner shell of molluscs. The design of this lustrous work incorporates the geometry of sea shells, and it uses technology to translate environmental data to illuminate a hidden, underwater world.

Nacre can be visited at the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney Australia, from the 26th of May to the 16th of June 2018 for free.

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