Public Art Commission: Splendour in the Grass Festival / Light in Winter, Federation Square, Melbourne.
In 2011 Maisie was commissioned to create a large-scale interactive installation for world renowned music festival, Splendour in the Grass.
Close Encounters was conceived to expose the socio-cultural edifice present within the commercial music festival. The installation provokes audience participation through the use of wireless text messaging (SMS). The public are invited to engage by texting the phone number displayed on the integrated LED marquee, by doing so, they enter into a dialogue with the anonymous ‘alien’ on the other end of the line; co-creating a real-time festival sub-plot as their conversation unfolds.
The key to the dynamism of this experience is the presence of the actual sculpture, rooted in the physical world. The sculpture provides a literal and metaphoric gateway to an unbridled collective sharing of information, thoughts, feelings and imagination, as well as insight into the socio-cultural experience of that physical space.
All images courtesy of Jordana Maisie