Kaleidoscope, an installation by Keith Courtney premiered at the Arts Center Melbourne

Melbourne installation artist Keith Courtney’s latest project scales a deceptively simple device to epic proportions, creating an ever-changing world of illusions.

Kaleidoscope – 700m² of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms – will premiere on the forecourt of the Arts Center Melbourne from June 1 to July 10 as part of the RISING programme. Visitors navigate a maze of corridors witnessing a slowly rotating display of light and color. Motion and gravity are distorted and spaces fracture, startling and disorienting the senses at every turn.

Drawing on the age-old charm and simplicity of the kaleidoscope to create an immersive, larger-than-life symphony of light, color and sound, this new immersive large-scale work of art was designed to warm the heart and temper the mood. ‘soul.

Keith Courtney is one of the masterminds behind the famous House of Mirrors and 1000 Doors which also featured on the forecourt of the Arts Center Melbourne in 2017 and 2018 respectively. This latest work was developed in collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating, composer Tamil Rogeon and artist Samantha Slicer alongside a team of highly skilled technicians.

Courtney has a proven track record of delivering high quality, immersive art projects in collaboration with major Australian festivals, international artists and venues. Previous work includes The Crosses, a series of inverted crucifixes perched on Hobart’s waterfront for MONA’s Dark MOFO 2018. Radiant Lines, produced in 2012 in collaboration with British artist Asif Kahn; Stickwork in collaboration with American artist Patrick Dougherty in 2014 and the IY project for DARK MOFO 2017 in collaboration with British light artist Chris Levine.

House of Mirrors, a maze of mirrors playing on the classic sideshow favorite, premiered at MONA’s Dark MOFO in 2016 and later toured 12 major cities around the world, including Singapore, Auckland and Toronto, attracting more half a million visitors and is now part of the MONA collection. 1000 Doors premiered at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, followed by a 10-city tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Keith Courtney:

No one will have the same experience in Kaleidoscope – it is a multi-sensory and sometimes physical experience where the visitor is completely immersed in sound and light – a vortex of serenity towards somewhere or nowhere.

Edwina Lunn, Director of Programming at the Melbourne Arts Centre:

We are honored that installation artist Keith Courtney has chosen to bring his latest and greatest large-scale work to Arts Center Melbourne. Keith’s previous projects at the Arts Center Melbourne have received critical and public acclaim. Visitors to Melbourne’s premier arts district will once again leave with a totally transformed view of reality, having experienced a new kind of engagement with beauty and tranquility.

Kaleidoscope will then head to the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 11 to October 3, followed by an international tour.

Kaleidoscope has been supported by funds from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (Rise) fund – an Australian government initiative.


Season Details

Venue: Melbourne Arts Center
Date: June 1 – July 10, 2022

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