I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which I live and work, and pay respects to all first nations elders past present and future.

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Michael Smith and Andy Bates 

Planets is a participatory performance art work that facilitates connections between people, places and objects. Onlookers can observe the spectacle of light created by the participants as they ripple and pulse across urban landscapes. Each performance features a cluster of illuminated spheres as the catalyst, leading to a public spectacle of light. Each planet has a unique personality and responds to participants through touch and light interaction. Throughout the performance, an unspoken dialogue begins to unfold as the planets, participants and performer connect to transform the space around them.

Planets was created as an Honours research project through QUT and Ars Electronica's Futurelab Academy

The work has since performed at esteemed festivals and venues including Ars Electronica Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize, Robotronica, Jungle Love Music Festival, and South Bank's Flowstate venue.


Choreographer/performer: Michael Smith 

Visual artist and interactive designer: Andy Bates

Mentors: Jenny Roche and Jared Donovan 

Special thanks: Kristefan Minski 

Photography: Atmosphere Brisbane