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This Immersive Art Exhibition In An Abandoned Monorail Station Will Transport You To The 90s • Osmosis Monorail Exhibition

By Ria Lawrence

This Immersive Art Exhibition In An Abandoned Monorail Station Will Transport You To The 90s • Osmosis Monorail Exhibition

The exhibition will light up the abandoned monorail station later this month.

For many Sydneysiders, the Chinatown monorail evokes feelings of nostalgia and comfort. The single-loop monorail connected the Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour and Chinatown and the CBD shopping districts. Nearly 16,000 people rode the monorail on the weekend it officially shut, after 25 years of service. Now very much an artefact in Sydney’s old transport system, the monorail continues to be much-loved by people especially those who first got easy access to the CBD thanks to the monorail. (Featured image: Supplied/ Osmosis.)

Now Osmosis, in a collaborative effort is set to reignite that nostalgia through an inventive and immersive art exhibition. Comprising immersive installations, the Osmosis Monorail Exhibition is set to explore the relationship between colour, sound, space and emotion. The installations will delve into nostalgia as an emotion that brings about comfort and healing.

Upon arrival to the Osmosis Monorail Exhibition, visitors will be met with an ambient, looping soundtrack composed with deconstructed and abstracted field recordings, sound samples and melodies of significant songs from the past 20 years, yet again with the aim of exploring nostalgia through sound and music. The soundscape is created by composer Mara Schwerdtfeger, an accomplished sound artist and composer who explores the connection between physical and digital environments through her work. Here, the music aims to study the feeling of comfort that we experience through music from the past especially considering how daunting and uncertain the last year has been.

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The sound will be followed by a luminous lightning display, created by artist George Webeck, a visual and multimedia artist. This amalgamation of sound and lightning will conjure a meditative and relaxed state of mind for the attendees in the looping 30 minute+ installation. The Osmosis Monorail Exhibition is set to run from May 20-30, at Level 5, Number One Dixon Shopping Centre 1 Dixon St, Sydney.

The entry is free with no bookings required and the exhibition opens at 6pm every evening, except on May 26 when it starts at 7pm. If you want to understand the concept and delve further into this installation, George Webeck, Mara Schwerdtfeger and creative director Marco Rinaldi will be giving an artist talk on May 26 at 7pm.

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