Project Illuminate presents:

Synergy - Vivid Sydney 2018

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(Click here to read our feature in the UNSW Engineering Newsletter on Synergy’s test build.)

Circular Quay, NSW - Friday 25 May 2018 - CREATE NSW Inc., a student-run club at the University of New South Wales, presents Synergy, its 2018 entry for the Vivid Festival. This project marks our first collaboration with MAKE CLUB (est. 2016) CREATE’s sister club from university’s Art & Design campus. In addition, the existing Vivid Team within CREATE has been officially branded Project Illuminate. This has been done to mark the welcome introduction of skilled designers into our team, our long-term commitment to the Vivid Sydney program, and this team’s unique specialisation in interactive artworks.

Synergy, which marks CREATE’s fifth year of involvement with the Vivid Sydney festival, presents a pretty tableau from nature - a large plywood tree surrounded by ferns. This deceptively simple scene however, represents the interlinked mechanisms of a superorganism. In these complex beings, inconspicuous organisms demonstrate emergent properties by sharing signals and nutrients for the greater good of the collective. In Synergy, this survival mechanism is demonstrated by the illumination of the ferns which are triggered by the passage of visitors along the path.

The Project Illuminate Team for 2018 is led by Jonathan Hribar, with project management and support from Junji Moey and MAKE CLUB President Tsz Kin William Liu. The team consists upwards of 40 people who participate in artistic design, engineering design, operations, marketing, construction and maintenance.

For aspiring engineers and designers, this project provides provision of practical skills in project management, design and fabrication skills, client relations, collaboration and communication. It represents an experience-rich opportunity for the maker community to sink their teeth into and supplement their university studies. Synergy also marks CREATE’s most ambitious project to date, a feat which would not have been possible without the combination of all the member’s skills and experiences.

Synergy will be exhibited daily from 6pm to 11pm from 25th May 2018 to 16 June 2018 at Jessie Street Gardens in Circular Quay. You can find more details about our artwork here.

Meet the team


  • Jonathan Hribar - 4th year Mechatronic/Biomedical Engineering
  • Junji Moey - 3rd year Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science

Computational design

  • Christopher Ho - 4th year Civil Engineering/Architecture, Project Advisor

Concept design

  • Christie Wong - Master of Arts
  • Jane Fan - 5th year Computer Science/Media Arts (Hons)

Structural engineering

  • Jeremy Low - 4th year Mechanical Engineering
  • Emily Chan - 4th year Mechanical Engineering

Electrical engineering

  • Yuen Chan - 4th year Mechatronic Engineering/Mathematics
  • Andy Zheng - 4th year Electrical Engineering/Commerce
  • Mahima Mandal - 3rd year Electrical Engineering
  • Daniel Li - 4th year Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, CREATE UNSW President
  • Daniel Wong – 2nd year Aerospace Engineering
  • David Xue – 4th year Electrical Engineering
  • Aly Virani - 3rd year Mechatronic Engineering


  • Jason Chu - 2nd year Software Engineering
  • Kevin Yu - 3rd year Electrical Engineering/Computer Science
  • Shiyuan Liang - 3rd year Software Engineering
  • Nevin Suriyaa - 2nd year Computer Science


  • Anthony Feizi-Sobbi - 4th year Mechatronic Engineering
  • Austin Kong – PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering


  • Tsz Kin (William) Liu - 4th year Media Arts (Hons), Project Secretary & Representative in Faculty of Art & Design / MAKE CLUB President
  • Dylan Goh - 2nd year Commerce/Design (Hons)


Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following individuals or organisations for their hard work, without which our project would not have been possible.

Project design and support

Destination NSW and AGB Events: Artwork curation

Event Engineering: Artwork certification

UNSW Faculty of Engineering: Student-led project support

UNSW Faculty of Built Environment: Fabrication and assembly services

UNSW Faculty of Art & Design: Fabrication and assembly services, mentorship

Michael Crouch Innovation Centre: Fabrication and assembly services

Arc @ UNSW: Project funding through Student Community & Development Grants

Our volunteers


Matthew Pisto, Leo Chan, Ken Ba Vi Le, Alexander Lam, Louis Wong, Deborah Lui, James Williams, Stanley Ching, Lakshan Jayakody, Yi Jun Tai, Belinda Zhang, William Zhan, May Xuan Chew, Subrina Rahman, Daniel Shung Kit Wong, James Yosua Yo, Whitney Xu, Jason Minh Phu, David Xue, Michael Wu, Rosanna Lee, William Weng, Linda Truong

MAKE CLUB / UNSW Art & Design

Ghadeer Al-badri, Danae-Irene Kyriakaki, Doreen Zheng, Aris Ioannou-Marsh, Konnor Kwan, Toshi, Zhouquan (William) Pang


CREATE (Est. 2012) is a student-run club at the University of NSW that runs and supports practical projects for students to learn skills in engineering, invention, design and collaborate on those projects. We run and provide workshops for beginners on electronics, programming, soldering, prototyping and 3D modelling, and selling electronic components on campus.

Projects run by our club include UAV development, machine vision workshops for autonomous cars and various personal “gadgets”. CREATE was involved in the Outback UAV Challenge and QUT Droid Racing Competition (we came first place in DRC 2016!). Most of our members are engineering, built environment and art and design students from a wide range of disciplines, including mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, civil engineering, computer science, architecture, industrial design and fine arts. However, the club is open to students from all faculties and our workshops also cater to members of the wider community.

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About MAKE CLUB (UNSW Art & Design)

MAKE Club (Est. 2016) is a student-run initiative and the very first constituent club at UNSW Art and Design guided by the belief that anyone can be a maker. We hold workshops, consultations and facilitate collaborations so students can bring into realisation any fun or professional projects they may have in their minds. MAKE CLUB is a sister club of CREATE UNSW.

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