Gulliver's Swift Travel Service

26 May - 17 Jun 2017 18:00 - 23:00
Playfair St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Digital Mango Labs:
Jonathan McEwan (Australia) / Phil Gough (Australia) / Chris Bell (New Zealand) /
Jay Janus (Australia) / Julian Wilton (Australia) / Jessica Bretheron (Australia)

In Gulliver's Swift Travel Service, the bold adventures from Gulliver’s Travels are brought to life through four whimsical, free-floating doorways. The interactive light installation is a playful celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, author of the classic satirical fantasy. 

The strange events in Swift's novel leave the pages of the book for this visually stunning, interactive installation.

Viewers can see what appears to be a three-dimensional space beyond each doorway, like a window into another world. They are transported there through light-hearted and unexpected interactions, which echo the satire of the original stories. The paper-craft style pays tribute to the narrative's literary origins.

Gulliver's Swift Travel Service playfully explores themes explored in Swift's original work: the imprudent pride we have in our fleeting and puny existence; a close-up examination of human nature, distorted but revealed when seen larger-than-life; the discord between theoretical musings and practical application of knowledge.

Countries represented by installation: Australia