Digital shamans' Vivid art

Digital shamanism: North Parramatta sound artist Michael K. Chin says his work creates a digital "ayahuasca" [psychedelic experience]. Picture: Haruyo Morita.

Digital shamanism: North Parramatta sound artist Michael K. Chin says his work creates a digital "ayahuasca" [psychedelic experience]. Picture: Haruyo Morita.

North Parramatta creative duo the Digital Shamans will mask the Museum of Contemporary Art with sound and light during the 2014 Vivid Sydney festival.

From 6pm until midnight from May 23 until June 9, the Dichroic Dimensions interactive art installation by Michael K. Chin and Pete Longworth will see hidden layers of sound and visuals projected on to the facade of the building's Mordant wing.

"Basically, you're using your voice to trigger several layers of hidden visuals and soundscapes," said Chin, 37. "As participants shift their voice and pitch, it will reveal different videos and soundscapes."

Mr Chin said the work was an interactive experiment in cymatic frequencies, or the study of visualised sound and vibration, to explore spirituality through the digital realm.

"When particular frequencies are attenuated, you will actually see a geometric pattern, or sound mandalas, emerge. So in theory, the sounds that are part of the soundscapes in this work would in effect be influencing the participants on a subatomic level."

Chin said inspiration for the work came from research into ancient cultures and geometry, including Sumerian art.

"It's trying to tap into something spiritual, perhaps some ancient knowledge we've lost," he said. "We're all about creating a digital ayahuasca."

It's not the first creative collaboration between Chin and Longworth. In the past, they've won awards at the New York Independent Film Festival, joined forces for the Sydney Festival and taken part in Parramasala. The pair was also behind webisodes created for the global launch of Daft Punk's Wee Waa album last year.

"We'd love to see events like Vivid Festival and Sydney Festival expand their operations to Parramatta," Chin said. "There's so much going on here, there's so much creativity — it's almost becoming like a little Brooklyn."

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