‘More than just a building’ ‘Adelaide Convention Centre becomes canvas for short film

The Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building is providing a giant canvas for the arts to come together with a film created by South Australian artist Gill Hicks and filmmaker Mike Worsman.

Blink of an Eye uses film to capture the faces and the raw emotions of a series of artists who make their living from the stage.

Backed by a musical soundtrack composed by South Australian musician Julian Ferraretto, the film is being projected onto the Adelaide Convention Centre’s East Building until the end of the month.

“Blink of an Eye captures the emotion of those artists, entertainers and speakers who have lost their stage, their audience and their livelihood due to the impact of protective social restrictions enforced locally, nationally and internationally to stem the spread of COVID-19,” said Hicks.

“During these uncertain and challenging times, we need music, art and the theatre more than ever, and to be inspired and motivated. The message of this short film is intended to reference the very real sentiment that life, as we know it, can all change in just the blink of an eye. Importantly, the film also offers optimism for the future – the show will go on!”

Dr. Fiona Kerr, who participated in the film, said she understood the need for technology in events but felt the appetite for live events would remain.

“As a neuroscientist, I have an inkling of what doesn’t transfer over screens when we interact, yet appreciate the vital role of technology in enabling us to stay in touch,” Kerr said. “But for me as a speaker, the difference is palpable, I so miss my live audience.”

Adelaide Convention Centre general manager Simon Burgess welcomed the effort to raise awareness for speakers, who are an integral part of putting on business events.

“More than just a building, we pride ourselves on our creativity, community engagement and active role in bringing people together,” said Burgess.

“Blink of an Eye has provided us with a great opportunity to illustrate our commitment to these activities and to engage with both the local arts and business events communities, while also helping highlight local thought leaders and artistic talent.

“Creativity is such a critical element when it comes to delivering memorable events, and this year has certainly pushed us to be even more creative in both our thinking and approach. We’re fortunate here in South Australia that we’re now in a position to safely host live events, and look forward to welcoming more speakers, and audiences, to our own stage as we continue on the road to recovery.”