Light A Match in a Dark Room
Danae Valenza’s Interactive Installation at Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary, Australia’s most important art fair, is again taking place at the Carriageworks this year. In the impressive brick halls where railroad cars were once produced, today visitors can experience ambitious exhibitions. In addition to art shows, performances, dance, theater, and concerts are on the agenda. And also the Biennale of Sydney, with which Deutsche Bank has long been affiliated, uses the halls as one of its venues. So Carriageworks is the ideal setting for the art fair, presenting more than 70 galleries from the Pacific region as well as the USA and Europe.

The success and the ambitious program of Sydney Contemporary, founded in 2013, convinced Deutsche Bank. Since 2017, the latter has been the fair’s Principal Partner and is again presenting a commissioned work. In 2017, Robyn Stacey’s enterable camera obscura created magical moments. This year, Danae Valenza is realizing an interactive installation with the hopeful title Light A Match in a Dark Room. The young artist transferred the title to Teeline shorthand. The shapes of the fluorescent tubes that Valenza installed in the lounge are in turn based on these shorthand symbols. The light fixtures are attached to sensors and are activated by visitors’ movements. Their motions not only set the fluorescent tubes aglow, but also create sounds. Light A Match in a Dark Room turns passive viewers into active participants, who together can produce surprising light effects and sounds. After the fair, Valenza’s work will be installed in the reception area of the Deutsche Bank branch in Sydney.

Sydney Contemporary
September 13-16, 2018
Carriageworks, Sydney