A beautiful installation that cleverly combines auditory, sculptural and interactive elements to prompt a meditation on our relationships with the earth and one another.
A six-metre platform sits atop a sea of some 40,000 illuminated steel spheres. It’s stunning to look at so you climb on to investigate and quickly discover that it’s alive. As you walk, it tilts, causing rippling waves of subtly shifting or cascading ball bearings to summon a complex oceanic soundscape.
The sounds can be tranquil or visceral - it’s all up to you. Oh, and to those (co-operative or vexatious) others who share the space.
As a percussionist and improviser, young Melbourne artist Matthias Schack-Arnott has collaborated with the top rank of contemporary composers (Steve Reich, Unsuk Chin, John Zorn and Liza Lim to name a few). But it’s his beautifully sculptural performance works and sound installations that have brought him to recent prominence, working with leading designers such as Keith Tucker and Tilman Robinson.
Groundswell is the third of Adelaide Festival’s interactive works of public art in Rundle Mall. Like Tatzu Nishi’s A Doll's House and Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store, Groundswell can be happily enjoyed as straight-up, mind-boggling fun. But, by responding to every step you take, and making you mindful of your interactions with strangers, it’s also a meditation on our precarious individual and collective relationship with the earth: our literal ‘footprints’ can trigger unforeseen events, like hurricanes from butterflies’ wings.
It’s free and fascinating for young and old. Galumph or tread lightly, each moment is guaranteed to be different from the last.
Visually and sonically exquisite.
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Conditions of Entry for Groundswell
Patrons aged 16 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination (or have an official medical exemption) to gain entry to Groundswell. More information is available under the Adelaide Festival COVID-19 Management Policy.
Patrons must check-in using the COVIDSafe App and sanitise prior to entry.
Capacity is restricted to 12 patrons at any one time. Adelaide Festival staff reserve the right to hold entry if Groundswell is at capacity.
Children under the age of 6 must be supervised by a parent / guardian at all times.
Please take care when using the stairs and ramp and use handrails at all times.
Shoes must be worn on the structure – no bare feet allowed.
High heels and stilettos are not permitted on Groundswell.
Loose personal items such as mobile phones, wallets and jewellery must be secured.
Adelaide Festival reserves the right to close Groundswell at any time.
No food, drink, large bags, strollers/prams, smoking or e-cigarettes permitted on Groundswell.
No animals permitted (guide dogs and assistance animals excepted).
Patrons enter Groundswellat their own risk.
Any person found mistreating or damaging any part of Groundswell or the surrounds will be evicted from Groundswell and may face prosecution.