Adelaide Festival 2017 Film Review: Coral: Rekindling Venus

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 10.58.05 pmAn image from Coral: Rekindling Venus

What: Coral: Rekindling Venus

Where: Adelaide Planetarium

When: Until 19th March

How Much: General Admission $15

Coral: Rekindling Venus is a visual experience created by Lynette Wallworth that is currently being exhibited in 14 countries across the globe. The title is derived from the cosmic event of the transit of Venus, when the planet passes directly between the sun and a superior planet. In its Adelaide showing, it is projected onto the dome of the University of South Australia Planetarium.

Taking you on a journey deep below the sea, Coral: Rekindling Venus is a meditative visual experience. Video footage explores sea life and brings into focus the huge variety of creatures that inhabit coral reefs.

Over the course of 45 minutes, Coral: Rekindling Venus transported me to another world. While the content seemed to drag at times, the images often reminded me of aliens from Star Wars or Microsoft XP visualisation screensavers. Some were kind of unsightly, with lots of plants with small holes and bumps or tentacles, but most were gorgeous.

Coral: Rekindling Venus is worth the voyage up to Mawson Lakes, and it’s definitely less effort than the distance you’d have to travel to see them firsthand. It will leave you feeling insignificant, but at ease with the world. Just don’t look if you’re trypophobic.

3 1/5 out of 5 stars

Natalie Carfora

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