Artist: The Buchan Group

inSIGHT is a representation of the human face, rendered as a gigantic low-fidelity display. Translucent and illuminated from deep within, the sculpture stretches the scale of the pixels forming the image, but reduces their resolution. The effect is very different from the sharp, fully resolved image the viewer is accustomed to seeing in digital media and pushes boundaries in terms of articulating and isolating the visual building blocks of the portrait.

The work presents a range of animated facial images highlighting changes in expression, gender and character. The sculpture also explores other types of visual representation, moving beyond the human face to representations of sound, weather and other cultural and physical phenomena.

Woven through the sculpture are strands of programmable LEDs, illuminating and animating the images: by standing directly in front of the sculpture, the viewer is given sharp, bright insight into the means of animation, while from other angles the piece takes on a smooth, glowing quality, with light radiating from beneath the visible surface.


The Royal Botanic Garden expands its presence in Vivid Sydney 2017. A collaboration and showcase between artists and collectives, young and old – where new developments in projection, lighting and sound technology enable them to use plants, rock walls, tree canopies and even the magnificent trunks of 100-year-old Ficuses, as organic canvases, the nexus perhaps, of art and botany. See what else is happening at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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