One of the biggest attractions of this year’s Dark Mofo event, the House of Mirrors, is coming to Brisbane for its first outing since it wowed thousands of festivalgoers in Hobart.
The walk-through installation, a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors, will feature at Brisbane Powerhouse’s end-of-year Wonderland carnival.
Brisbane will be the first city to host House of Mirrors after its Hobart debut, before it goes to Sydney and Melbourne on a national tour and heads overseas.
The intricate maze appeals to just about everybody — kids and families, youth, art lovers, photographers and designers alike — and is expected to be a hot ticket.
Australian installation artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney used precise geometry and spatial design, as well as 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of mirrors, to create this modern, minimalist twist on the fairground classic.
The installation is intended to focus on the darker side of altered perception, playing with themes of uncertainty, claustrophobia, apprehension, uneasiness, thrill, panic and paranoia.
Wagstaff says ‘house of mirrors’ attractions have been challenging those who venture into them, both physically and psychologically, since the 19th century.
“These confronting puzzles have a long history of creating a sense of intrigue and disorientation, trickery and confusion,” he says.
“Our House of Mirrors features oblique corridors of large full-length mirrors, kaleidoscopic chambers, voids, doorways and darkened breaks. There are no special effects or tricks, it’s just mirrors and geometry.
“We have been fascinated to see how modern-day audiences have added a new dimension to this fairground classic by combining them with smart technology. There have been some very inventive selfies coming out of the maze, and we look forward to seeing what Brisbanites produce.”
Brisbane Powerhouse artistic director Kris Stewart says festivalgoers will be blown away by House of Mirrors.
“Wonderland is all about the unexpected and flirts with the idea that anything can happen during Brisbane’s hot summer nights,” he says.
“House of Mirrors speaks to this perfectly and will be a hot attraction at this year’s festival.”
House of Mirrors will feature at Brisbane Powerhouse from 18 November to 11 December.