How can we connect to the real worlds, stories, and lived experiences of those who have walked before us? The major renewal of the Hyde Park Barracks set out to craft an experience that would capture the emotion and true historical value of this Sydney institution. Coinciding with the building’s 200th anniversary, the renewal project aimed to tell poetic and human stories of the Barracks’ past and legacy, through a participatory and deeply meaningful visitor experience. We created three immersive installation pieces to contribute to this narrative.
The exhibition served as a gateway, connecting us to place, past, empathy, First Peoples’ perspectives and our own imagination. Life-size video portraits act as a coda to the experience, with descendants sharing the remarkable stories of their own connections to the Barracks, as well as thoughts on the Barracks’ history, and its impact on First Peoples’ communities.
Design + Execution
Moving through the space, visitors are immersed in the stories of those with connections to the Barracks, both past and present. The three immersive installations are situated inside Hyde Park Barracks, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in the heart of historic Sydney.
While our team played a small part in the overall experience, the real success of this project was in the way contribution was organized. The tight timeline provided an opportunity for several local Australian companies to play a part and contribute to the broader vision. We hope the success of this project will propel our dynamic and capable local Australian teams even further onto the international stage.
James Boyce (ceo/ecd)
Mike Daly (creative director)
Tom Siddall (technical director)
Pete Ward (editor)
Matt Roberts (project manager)
Mark Shunji Davies (executive producer)
Dinusha Ratnaweera (line producer)
Local Projects NY (lead exhibition designers)
‘Dresses’ (sculpture and projection)
Elizabeth Gadsby (production designer for dresses)
Rob Morton (cinematographer)
Michael Price (art director of film content)
‘Asylum’ (wall projection)
Anna Fraser (designer and motion designer)
Katie Milwright (cinematographer)
Ant Miller (art director)
Grumpy Sailor Creative