Carriageworks To Be Consumed by Colossal Sam Whiteside Lighting Installation for Vivid Sydney 2022 – Across The Ocean

Carriageworks To Be Consumed by Colossal Sam Whiteside Lighting Installation for Vivid Sydney 2022

Expanding its boundary-pushing line-up of music, art and performance as part of Vivid Sydney 2022, Carriageworks today announces contact – a free, large-scale lighting installation and precinct centrepiece taking over the venue from 2-11 June, alongside a rotating DJ list, paired perfectly with a curated food and drink offering from Atomic. 

From 5pm, visitors to Carriageworks are invited to experience the space as never before. Created by internationally celebrated light artist, Sam Whiteside – who is also co-founder of Sydney’s experimental art and music collective, SOFT CENTRE – this brand-new commission will take over the Carriageworks Public Space, immersing Vivid-goers as they enter the venue. The monolithic lightwork will draw visitors through a dense haze and an intense column of shifting light.

contact uses algorithmically generated simulations and intense shafts of light that pulse throughout the space, as the shadows of existing architecture bend and contort around them, visitors are invited to navigate an ever-shifting distorted reality set to a multi-array drone soundscape composed and produced by Patrick Liney.

Also featured in the Carriageworks program, SOFT CENTRE will transform the entirety of the precinct into a one-day festival fusing radical electronic music, performance art and emerging technology on June 4. Set to be their largest and most ambitious event yet – SOFT CENTRE 2022 is a huge comeback after three arduous years of setbacks and no live events. Tickets are still available, here.

In a stunning addition to the already expansive music line-up, rapper singer, and cult figure of the Australia’s underground and heavy music scene, Zheani will support Estonian artist and rapper TOMM¥ €A$H for his only Sydney show at Carriageworks. 

Zheani’s music has endeared her to hundreds of thousands of fans and led to the kind of audience that’s unheard of for DIY and underground artists in Australia: 175,000 monthly listeners on Spotify; millions of views on YouTube; and hundreds of thousands of social media followers.

For hungry punters looking for a pre-show feed, local award-winning brewpub, Atomic, will be serving hopped-up beers and tequila-based cocktails in a pop-up bar throughout the duration of Vivid Sydney at Carriageworks. Plating up teriyaki-glazed pork bao buns, turmeric and kaffir lime infused sausage rolls, spicy fries, and more, the entire venue will transform into an immersive feast for the senses, with live bands, art installations, performance art, as well as a rotating line-up of local DJs performing across six epic nights.

New DJ acts joining the line-up as part of a free program include Body Corp; Cousin; Flower Boy; Salllvage; Stereogamous and Vibe Positive.      

General tickets are still on sale for the wider Vivid Sydney music program at Carriageworks, curated by Tom Supple, via   


Supported by: Yirinda
Date: 2 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $39


Supported by: Zheani
Date: 3 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $59


Supported by: Jag
Date: 3 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $29

Date: 4 June, 3-11pm
Tickets: $85/$95

Date: 5 June, 6pm
Tickets: $49


Supported by: Olympia and Srisha
Date: 9 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $59 


Supported by: The Lazy Eyes and Romero
Date: 10 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $59  


Supported by: Hand Habits
Date: 11 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: $59


Curated by Talia Smith, Joel Bray and Victoria Spence for Performance Space
9-11 June
Tickets: $20

About Sam Whiteside:

Through Whiteside’s large site-specific installations, he uses light to construct ephemeral architecture allowing the viewer to navigate an ever-shifting distorted reality. Using scale and repetition these works build complex geometry and structures purely from light. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with some of Australia’s largest performers, artists and events, his works have been featured at Sydney Opera House, Dark Mofo and Carriageworks. Founded in 2017, Soft Centre is a multi-award-winning festival of dark abstraction, where experimental music, radical performance art, large-scale installations and new media works intersect. As a co-director and curator, Whiteside works closely with a plethora of artists producing artworks, installations and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Free DJ Program:

2 June: Salllvage

3 June: Body Corp

5 June: Vibe Positive

9 June: Cousin

10 June: Flower Boy

11 June: Stereogamous

ABOUT CARRIAGEWORKS:  Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. The Carriageworks Artistic Program provides significant support to Australian and international artists through commissioning and presenting contemporary work. Reflecting the diverse communities of urban Sydney, the Artistic Program is ambitious and inclusive.

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ABOUT VIVID SYDNEY: Vivid Sydney is a celebration of creativity, innovation and technology transforming the Sydney CBD in winter into a playground of the unexpected. Now in its 13th year, Vivid Sydney captures the uniqueness, vibrancy and imagination of Sydney, positioning the Harbour City as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. The festival features mesmerising art displays and large-scale 3D projections from local and international artists, an eclectic line-up of musical performers, thought provoking talks from some of the world’s greatest minds, and the Sydney Opera House for Lighting of the Sails and Vivid LIVE. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. #vividsydney