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Coral: Rekindling Venus

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 3rd, 2012

15 October , 2012
7:30 pmto9:00 pm
9:30 pmto11:00 pm

Presented by Melbourne Festival and Museum Victoria

Lynette Wallworth (Australia)

CORAL: REKINDLING VENUS

WE LOOK TO THE NIGHT SKY FOR MYSTERIES OF INEFFABLE WONDER – BUT THE OCEANS CONTAIN A MAGIC JUST AS DEEP.

In November each year, on the night of the full moon, the hundreds of millions of coral beings that make up the Great Barrier Reef spawn in unison – a blinding, awe-inspiring whorl of colour and light. It is here that our greatest natural wonder stands in harmony with the Solar System, here that it stakes a claim to its continued existence.

Australian installation artist Lynette Wallworth has spent the last five years surveying the majesty of our coral reefs for Coral: Rekindling Venus, an immersive, kaleidoscopic journey through the glowing underwater forests of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Presented in the enveloping full dome of Melbourne’s Planetarium, Coral: Rekindling Venus takes us deep into a world that only a handful of humans have ever seen before – the infinitely complex, vibrant aquatic kingdoms of this planet’s coral reefs.

Featuring jaw-dropping cinematography from Emmy Award-winner David Hannan and a hypnotic, ethereal soundtrack featuring specially recorded songs from Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), legendary film composer Max Richter and our very own Gurrumul, Coral: Rekindling Venus is a staggering cinematic experience and an ecological call-to-arms.

Mon 15 Oct at 7.30pm & 9.30pm

Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks
2 Booker Street, Spotswood

>> Bookings and more information here or visit the project website.

“Audible gasps filled the room, audience members clasped their hands to their chests and a few left the planetarium in tears… Wallworth offered audience members an opportunity to gain a personal connection to our oceans.”– Huffington Post

“We were all spellbound, gasping with joy… The journey is riddled with astronomical metaphor, occasional bursts of the familiar, and things recognisable only from science fiction.” – New Scientist

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