The second arts centre I visited during the month July was Carriageworks. Walking through the door for the opening night of Ryoji Ikeda’s immersive installation, MICRO | MACRO, we were hit with the earthy, musky aroma of truffles. The source of the aroma was two men, working overtime, grating whole black truffles over two giant boards of fresh ricotta.
The long central table also contained thinly cut prosciutto and Auricchio provolone, as well as bread trays full of focaccia bread cut into one inch slices. Guests were encouraged to grab a paper napkin and then load up a slice of fluffy bread with cheese, meat and truffles.
The catering for this event was done by John Wilson, formerly of John and Peter, and recently appointed as Merivale's Creative Director of Events. Wilson has catered large-scale events across venues including Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Royal Hall of Industries, the Hordern Pavilion and, of course, Carriageworks.
What worked about this idea for a hungry pre-dinner crowd was that it was filling and fast to serve. The table looked generous and abundant; and the quality of each ingredient was top notch. The simplicity of the offering really showcased the black Australian truffles, which are also seasonally appropriate right now. The whole palaver created very little waste, with the only plastics being the reusable trays holding the focaccia. As we lumber slowly towards eliminating single use plastics, this event launch really showed the way forward for arts centres.
The art in question was also pretty impressive. Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese electronic music composer, and a visual artist. In this exhibition, his third at Carriageworks, Ikeda plays with light, sound and massive amounts of data, using it to give you a new way to view the world. Take off your shoes and walk on the floor screens for a truly immersive experience that sits at the juncture between art and quantum physics.
For me, it felt like entering a game, or falling into a scene from Tron: Legacy (2010). Turning around I was delighted to see everyone staring transfixed at the screen; and it wasn't just children instinctively jumping the ominous red lines charging across the screens under our feet. This is definitely art that transports you outside your ordinary day-to-day existence.
This free exhibition runs daily until 29 July 2018 – I encourage you to check it out.
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