Fiveight has today announced a new partnership with Perth Festival, which will see its Perth CBD asset, Carillon City, host two of its most-anticipated visual arts installations over the three week festival period.
As Perth’s flagship arts and culture event, both Perth Festival installations, set to be unveiled at Carillon City, have been purpose-built and designed to transform the once thriving nexus of consumer culture, for the event, while it awaits its new occupation.
Wetland by Linda Tegg will lead the festival’s visual arts program, immersing the public in the wonders of plant communities that have been purposely juxtaposed against Carillon City’s built environment. Developed in consultation with Balladong Whadjuk woman Vivienne Hansen, audiences will be invited to navigate the arcade, only to encounter a wetland that has quietly reclaimed the space.
Aptly located in the basement of Carillon City, Wetland is reminiscent of the brackish swamplands that once lined the foreshores of the Swan River and creates a new platform for connecting people and plants in a shared condition.
Designed in situ to leverage Carillon City’s architecture, Light Event by Rebecca Baumann will also form part of Perth Festival’s visual arts program in the building. The installation will see the centre evolve into an abstracted timepiece as the installation changes and interacts with the space through the application of dichroic film on Carillon City’s iconic atrium window, creating coloured shafts of light that flood the building and track the day. Internally, Light Event will see the space bathed in a pink light, creating an immersive, supernatural atmosphere and bringing an element of eeriness to the unique CBD space
The partnership with Perth Festival leverages the Carillon City’s centricity in the CBD and aligns to the Spaces Between initiative, which aims to invite the people of Perth back into the city to connect, experience and discover.
Fiveight CEO, Paige Walker said the partnership with Perth Festival is a continuum of the initiatives Carillon City has welcomed as part of Spaces Between, supporting a resurgence of arts, culture and community in Perth CBD.
“As the epicentre of our CBD, we understand the significant role that Carillon City plays in connecting the people of Perth. Through our Spaces Between initiative we have the privilege of utilising the Carillon City space, working with the organisers at Strange Festival, A Moveable Feast, and now Perth Festival to activate and invite people back into the city while our site undergoes planning for its future state. We’re thrilled to see two incredible artists commissioned for Perth Festival’s installations at Carillon City and look forward to sharing these experiences with the public,” said Ms Walker.
Both Perth Festival commissions at Carillon City are free and open to the public, running throughout the duration of the three week event from Friday 9 February – Sunday 3 March 2024.