Yandell Walton, Human Effect, 2012



Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 24th May – 10th June 2013.

Vivid Sydney will colour the city with creativity and inspiration, featuring the breathtaking immersive lighting of the iconic Sydney Opera House sails, performances from local and international musicians at Live LIVE, and a free large scale multimedia outdoor exhibition of interactive light sculptures and building projections around the harbour precinct.

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Human Effect (2012-13)

Yandell Walton (Australia)

(in collaboration with animator Tobias Edwards and software developer Jayson Haebich)

As Yeats asked his readers to tread softly on his dreams, Walton perhaps prompts participants in her interactive projections to consider the weight of their footfalls upon the earth. In this work the contours of an urban laneway are repurposed as a canvas for a series of vibrantly animated interactive projections, creating a paradise of verdant growth. Flowering vines twine up pipes and moss and ferns spread across walls, while vividly coloured butterflies alight on window ledges. Echoing ages before human habitation, this scene entices viewers to move closer – only to see the new life wither and slowly die, destroyed by the human presence. The habitat is renewed once more in a riot of foliage and motion as viewers move away. Tread softly …


Yandell Walton is a projection installation artist combining moving images, 3D spaces and objects in her work, and exhibiting regularly in galleries and non-traditional public spaces, both in Australia and internationally. She took part in White Night Melbourne (2013) with a site-specific collaborative work, and Human Effect was presented by Experimenta at Melbourne Festival (2012). In the 2010 Digital Graffiti projection festival in Alys Beach, Florida she was awarded ‘Most Innovative Work’, and at the 2010 Gertrude Street Projection Festival in Melbourne she won a People’s Choice Award. She completed a site-specific video installation for The Gershwin Hotel in New York (2009).

Human Effect‘ presented by Vivid Sydney as part of Experimenta Speak to Me and ISEA2013.