The new month-long exhibition at Light, Adelaide’s home for audiovisual art which also houses The Lab—the ”multi-functional and multi-genre immersive performance space” containing 14M pixels—will see thousands of visitors wander through its doors this month to experience a world-first premiere as well as an Australian-first technology showcase. The totally immersive and interactive experience is aptly titled ‘Immersion’ and will guide you on a journey through time and space following the history of water.
Sessions are already selling out and the experience ends on 28 November.
Immerse or Immersion?
‘Immersion’ is a part of Immerse, the month-long exhibition which also includes a new pop-up bar, heaps of shows in The Lab, free interactive light and sound activations throughout the building, and an augmented reality tasting experience at Aurora restaurant as well as five and seven-course degustations.
Watch the Immerse teaser trailer
What is Immersion?
‘Immersion‘ is what’s hot and what you’re going to be seeing on your social media feeds. It is an incredible experience shown in The Ellipse—a new 360-degree oval-shaped LED screen (screens, technically)—that narrates ”a vivid journey through time to discover how water has shaped our world.”
Narrated by Erik Thomson, the experience will allow you will travel back 50M years in time to view a world covered in dense, wet rainforests before learning about the ancestral significance of our own waterways, local to the Kaurna nation.
Throughout the show, you will be able to interact in various ways with what’s going on. From throwing paintballs over the city skylines, guiding schools of fish with your hands, spotlighting Aussie animals in the bush or reviving ancient tropical plants, there is much to do as well as see.
Revealing how water has shaped us and our world, ‘Immersion’ is a not-to-be-missed experience for adults and children alike. The technology used to present it is an Australian-first showcase. Light Founder Nick Dunstone says, “Immersion is like walking into an Imax theatre, except the screen wraps right around you.”
Tickets to ‘Immersion‘ include entry into Flow State (see Other Shows below).
What else is on at Immerse?
The Lab live performances
Across the month of November, The Lab will host 12 live performances that feature bands, digital gardens, video games, odes to the future of music, dancers and more.
Take a peek at all the live performances at The Lab
Immerse is also featuring a number of other shows and experiences. These include the site-specific installation Flow-State that uses high-res video and mathematically generarted visual content, as well as Storm, the future of human biology. Phenomena is another show that should be experienced. Soundtracked by Kim Moyes from The Presets, Phenomena is an audiovisual discovery of naturally occuring patterns and the forces of nature that create them.
Other shows include Computer Vision, Foreign and Distant Places, and The World From Above.
The Immerse Bar is also hosting a number of experiences as well, including Gazander Oyster Tasting Experience, Boston Bay Charcuterie Tasting Experience and Woodside Cheese Tasting Experience. All three are aided by augmented reality technology whereby the user will receive interesting background information via their phone.
Not to be outdone by the shows and exhibitions, Aurora is getting in on thefun with its own experiences. Particularly its five and seven-course degustation menus which have been created by choosing some of the kitchen’s favourite dishes and paired them to maximise flavour, balance and texture.
When: November 5 to November 28 from Wednesday to Sunday
Where: 63 Light Square, Adelaide
Cost: Some experiences are free, others are tickets. Tickets for ‘Immersion’ are $26 for adults and $21 for kids under 12.