Penrith City Council’s Light Rhythm Plays – an interactive music and media project using custom-made and modified music instruments to perform a sound and light show, and provide the opportunity for community members and artists with and without disability to participate in a creative experience of digital arts practice.
The collaboration between Nordoff Robbins, Illuminart and Penrith City Council and the large number of volunteers from Nepean College of Fine Arts TAFE NSW provided the opportunity to explore the potential uses and challenges of new digital art practice for and by people with disability. It also provided the volunteers with the opportunity to experience the benefits of arts and cultural experiences involving people with disability.
Workshops led to a live audiovisual performance, as part of the ‘No Boundaries’ multi-media event at the Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in September 2012 The major presentation of Light Rhythm Plays was at Penrith City Council’s celebration of International Day for People with Disability on 3 December 2012 in St Mary’s Memorial Hall.
“…this was a performance by people with disability that entertained people with disability. They clearly owned it…the artwork was wonderful, exciting, moving, expressive, using every modality…Even those who have worked with people with disability for a long time said they had never seen anything like this before. All [were] very impressed, want to find ways of extending/adopting this approach”. Researcher, University of Technology Sydney.
Photos courtesy of Light Rhythm Plays, Penrith City Council (September 2012) ©