Will.I.Am. Joins Vivid Sydney

The Black Eyed Peas frontman will join Karen O, Janelle Monae, Sufjan Stevens and more as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival, it has been announced.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced that the Voice UK coach will participate in a world ­first interactive lighting collaboration on the façade of the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with renowned Sydney artist Justene Williams and Sydney digital arts company Spinifex.

“Vivid Sydney is a forum for the creative industries to collaborate, foster business connections and showcase new ideas, and will.i.am’s participation is a mark of the festival’s standing amongst creative industry leaders worldwide,” Stoner said.

The interactive AV project will allow members of the public to ‘play the building’ via a purpose-­built interface which controls the beats and music of will.i.am and the projections of Justene Williams.

We’ve seen this ‘play the building’ type concepts before (Talking Heads’ David Byrne turned the Battery Maritime Building in New York City into a giant playable instrument a few years back) but organisers believe that this will be the first of its kind to heavily involve digital media.

Here’s an artist interpretation of what it will all look like.