Digital Odyssey - Vivid Sydney

Digital Odyssey explores the evolution of communication over the last 50 years and how it has changed the nature of human relationships. The work playfully highlights the correlation between the advancement of communication technology and genuine human connection.

I was one of six artists selected from a worldwide search to join the Limelight Academy Masterclass mentoring program. I joined Hungarian 3D projection mapping leaders Limelight in Sydney in November 2018 to start planning what would become my work ‘Digital Odyssey’, which was be projected onto the massive façade of Chatswood’s premier performing arts venue, The Concourse as part of Vivid Sydney 2019.

Artist: Alice Peacock Original music and sound design: Indi Edwards

About

Advances in communication technology have dissolved cultural and geographic divide, but have they dissolved genuine human connection?

Digital Odyssey seeks to explore the evolution of communication over the last 50 years and how it has changed the nature of human relationships. In a world where social media rules is it enough to 'like' someone's social media post to form a connection and sustain a relationship? Are we leading a life where there is no need for physical human interaction or should we be seeking a balance between the physical and the digital worlds we experience today? Inspired by the Henry Lawson poem Chattie’s Wood the artist uses playful animation to depict the talkative nature of Chattie Harnett described in the poem. As a tribute to Chattie birds are highlighted as the primary symbol of communication as it evolves through the ages.  The work seeks to understand the relationship between humans and technology and the effects this will have on communication now and into the future.

Special Thanks

Indi Edwards for providing the original music and sound effects. You can check out Indi’s other work here and soundcloud here.

Limelight Academy Masterclass for their knowledge and support throughout this project, you guys rock!

Willoughby City Council for supporting emerging artists and being awesome hosts.