Written by Junji Moey on 14 June 2018
Synergy is our fifth year of invovlement with the Vivid Sydney festival. This project also 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 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.
Image: Tsz Kin LIU (William)
Image: Gary Compton Photography, commissioned for the UNSW Faculty of Engineering
Jonathan Hribar - 4th year Mechatronic / Biomedical Engineering
Junji Moey - 3rd year Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science
Christopher Ho - 4th year Civil Engineering/Architecture
Christie Wong - Master of Arts
Jane Fan - 5th year Computer Science/Media Arts (Hons)
Jeremy Low - 4th year Mechanical Engineering
Emily Chan - 4th year Mechanical 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
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)
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.
Destination NSW, AGB Events, Event Engineering, UNSW Engineering, UNSW Built Environment, UNSW Faculty of Art & Design, UNSW Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, Arc @UNSW
This project has been supported by Arc @ UNSW Ltd under their 2018 Student Community & Development Grants scheme
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
Ghadeer Al-badri, Danae-Irene Kyriakaki, Doreen Zheng, Aris Ioannou-Marsh, Konnor Kwan, Toshi, Zhouquan (William) Pang