Blue Rose

An interactive sensory film and multimedia installation for all abilities and all ages.

2016 and 2018 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW

“We might look different, we might play differently, we might not speak language the same way you do. But if you take the time to see our stories we have many things to share that will inspire you with fundamental truths about the way we all interact with our world.”


Blue Rose offers a unique way of looking at film and multimedia, inspired by it’s “all abilities” stars who don’t use verbal language or a formalised language. The Blue Rose installation allows their stories to unfold in a series of interactive portraits of their lived experience.


This installation steps beyond the otherwise passive experience of film and enables visitors to play with shadows and light, and create visual echoes as they move across an interactive projection. Adults and children alike enjoy the chance to zoom across the galaxy in a virtual cockpit, create music together with glowing cubes or relax in an “Enchanted Forest.” These interactive elements have been brought to life by award winning lighting, interaction and video designer Toby Knyvett, whose body of work includes pieces for the Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Festival as well as being a regular collaborator with project partner Merrigong Theatre Company.


Several workshops run alongside the installation across two days with everything from practical filmmaking and music jams to conversations on inclusive education and creating sensory environments in the home. For more information on content and scheduling, please download the program.


Presenter: Beyond Empathy (BE) in association with Merrigong Theatre Company. With collaboration from Wollongong City Council, Interchange Illawarra, CRAM Foundation, Flagstaff Group and Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

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