South Side Festival – Frankston Generator


Fri 6 until Sun 8 May, 5pm – 10pm; Thur 12 May until Sun 15 May, 5pm – 10pm (Sat 14 May, 3 – 4pm)

Go underground and be immersed in 1000 spectacular lights and surrounded by a pulsating soundscape. 

In an Australian first, Mandylights have transformed an old car park into something spectacular – through a series of ten new light-based installations, that explore themes of power generation and energy transfers – this is on a grand scale.

Enter the carpark lift and descend into the depths with a transformative lighting and audio experience. From the lift, be drawn into the turbine; a swirling, all-encompassing vortex of animated light.

Emerging into the field, participants become part of a humming, radiating electric field of energy that covers hundreds of square metres.

Audience movements are generated in real time, as their kinetic movement is converted to light on floor-to-ceiling video screens.

The water-themed Hydro offers a series of hanging meshes covered with animated projections of rippling water in relaxing blue and cyan tones.

Moving forwards, wander through a subterranean, alien-like natural landscape called Geotherma that sees a thousand handmade flowers mimic flows of lava as red and yellow lights ripple down the walls and across the floor on both sides of the pathway.

The pulsing reactor pushes out flashes of intense neon colour, while you get to peer inside into a stunning infinity cube of light. Moving up the ramp, a blast of air as the solar winds see theatrical fog thunder down a sixty-metre expanse, with the walk flanked by fifty searchlights that create geometric patterns through the air.

At the end of the walk, the ventus sculptures turn gently in the wind; creating ever-changing shadows on the walls and beams through the air.

In the final installation be immersed in a towering star field of rainbow neon colours, between a dozen tetra stars. These mammoth illuminated forms pass through a series of beautiful rainbow colour sequences.

The Frankston Generator is an all-new immersive experience created by Mandylights for the inaugural Frankston South Side Festival. 

Presented by Frankston City Council and supported by EastLink.

South Side Festival, runs from 6 – 15 May in and around the city of Frankston.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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