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MAC arts departments combine to form light show

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 08 Aug, 2019 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanaksun.co.nz

Mount Aspiring College arts students exhibited a selection of their hard work last Thursday to members of the public in what they called ‘MAC Lit.' The light show was a collaborative effort from the music, design, painting and other arts departments, and was a great success. Attendees were treated to a number of intriguing light displays, sculptures and projections on the night, while surrounded by an array of electronic music tracks created by a handful of music students.

Show director Jenny Edgar said that it was a wonderful opportunity for the arts departments to combine their skills and expertise, “It was an experiment to open up the way we display our art and work with technology, music and other departments through the use of light and collaboration. It is an excellent opportunity for students to see how you can use different subjects and apply them to a real event and turn it into an innovative, creative light display of sculpture, sound and technology. Such positive response from the community while viewing their work. Finally the arts get to shine!"

Art student Milly Robinson created a fantastic Great Gatsby-style light sculpture which captured viewer's attention through the use of word imagery. “It was cool to put my writing of The Great Gatsby piece that we did in English and bring it to life through an art installation and light,” she said, “by displaying it with words at different perspectives and levels the viewer could create their own meaning and story from it. It gave me an insight into how you can bring words to life.”

Music student Lillian Eastwood said that, “our brief was based on Light… It [the music] enhanced the visual art display with an atmospheric sound."

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