Gallery: Beams Festival 2014
by Jack Wotton
All afternoon into the late eve, music and lights bounced around the heart of Chippendale at the 2014 BEAMS Arts Festival. Walking up and down the bustle of Balfour street, dodging pram bikes ridden by cultured mums and dads, saying “excuse me” to the Shallow Kids carrying around pot plants, Sydney citizens copped whiffs of the steaming market food stalls and engrossed themselves in the proceedings.
This year’s festival was particularly busy. If half the people amongst the heady crowd happened to chance upon hovercrafts, assuming themselves some optimum vantage points, their delusions would vanquish quickly as the airways above the main artery of the festival and the off shooting alleyways would have been equally as packed.
The artists and volunteers worked incredibly hard to make the festival fantastic. The coup de grace for those involved rested in the response from the adoring public. Works ranged from lights, projections, performance, sound and sculpture - there was even a tree coated beautifully in turmeric. Many of the installations were interactive in nature. Music was performed all throughout the night on the main stage and scattered down the alleyways. ‘Utopia’ found or lost, BEAMS 2014 was a prized night.
Gallery 1: Photography by Dan Knott
Gallery 2: Photography by Valeria Maltseva