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The Eyes

Arts and Culture
Free Events
Arts and Culture
Free Events

Dates

1 July 2022 - 7 August 2022
Daily
24 Hours

Venue

Main Square

Explore your discomfort as The Eyes watch you, watching them, watching you – this winter at Fed Square.

As you stand in the centre of Fed Square, an 8 metre high sculpture of a head made of eyes – so many eyes! – looking down on you, what do you feel? Awkward? Afraid? Intrigued?

The hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you try to work out which of the eyes is actually looking at you – and then you realise: other, smaller, baby offshoot eyes are spying on you, from around the square.

Enter uncanny valley with The Eyes, this winter at Fed Square.

The centrepiece of our Anything But Square: Under Surveillance program, The Eyes is a colossal inflatable sculpture of amorphous, ever-present, ever-watching eyes, by artist studio Cool Shit and commissioned by Fed Square.

It’s so creepy – you’re going to love it.

About the work

Over the last two decades our attention and ability to focus has dwindled and has been slowly consumed with the increasing barrage of available information and communication technology that craves our gaze and attention. It is a metaphor commenting on the constant surveillance that happens from external factors such as CCTV and the abundance of smartphone cameras. It also talks to the fact that we ourselves willingly give up our personal information, interests, location and more in this new data rich society. This project “The Eyes” highlights this in a lighthearted, colourful and playful installation.

Explore The Eyes Insta filter

Create the ultimate Instagram moment, with “The Eyes Fed Square” Instagram filter. But do you dare, when so many eyes are watching you?

The creative team

Cool Shit is a team of nonconformists making larger-than-life inflatable sculptures, event props and thought-provoking production concepts.

It started with Lionel Richie’s head. Since then, they have been to Coachella, Art Basel (a few times), popped-up in East London and even exhibited in Australia. Their creations are quickly reaching as far as the Internet.

As a studio, they have worked hard to make a name for themselves and their clients, but as artists, they just want to wake up everyone’s inner child with absurdly memorable tongue-in-cheek experiences.

Learn more at https://coolshit.art/about

See the full Anything But Square: Under Surveillance program

Anything But Square: Under Surveillance
This winter at Fed Square, enter a hair-raising, spine-tingling world – where we are watched, everywhere, all the time.  Our phones, our homes are listening. Our streets, our devices are watching. The Eyes are following you. Creepy, huh? In our winter Anything But Square: Under Surveillance program, we playfully explore these murky feelings of awkwardness and intrigue – the push and pull of the desire to know and the desire to be deceived. Enter: The Eyes. A colossal, sprawling sculptural dystopia of creepy-creepy eyes by artist studio Cool Shit, taking over the Square this winter. Discover your own discomfort – as The Eyes watch you, watching them, watching you. Check out the full program of activity below!
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Surveillance Film Festival
As the enormous Big Brother … er, Big Screen – looks down on us all from on high this winter, we’ll keep you rooted to the spot with a tantalisingly terrifying line-up of spy and surveillance-themed films. Whether you’re a junior cryptologist in the making, a bonafide Bond-aficionado or a card-carrying sci-fi buff, we’ve got a spooky, thrilling or mysterious film to unleash your inner spy. We’ll have the deckchairs out, so it’s time to bring a blanky and get cosy this winter, under the watchful gaze of The Eyes, for the Surveillance Film Festival at Fed Square. Free popcorn will be available from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart on Saturday 2 and 9 July, and Sunday 3 and 10 July at the start of each film and will be available until stocks run out. You can also purchase a blanket for a gold coin donation from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart near the Main Stage, before each film screening on Saturday 2 and 9 July, and Sunday 3 and 10 July. All proceeds will go to the Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Australia Program. We’ll also have free loaded hot chocolates and eye themed sweet treats from the Woofy’s Eye Spy Cart near the Main Stage from 6pm-9pm (or until stocks run out) on Saturday 6 August. Colours available are: Retina Red UV Blue Greyscale Grey Check out the program below.
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1 Jul — 6 AugMain Square
Free Events
Screenings
Fed Live: Dance Dystopia
Fed Live is transforming, under the watchful gaze of The Eyes this winter.  It’s time to dance up a storm, like we’re all at an End of the World party in a dystopian movie. We’re imagining something in between The Matrix and Metropolis. But with DJs. It’ll be wild.   We’ll have free loaded hot chocolates and eye themed sweet treats from 6pm-9pm* every Friday night of Dance Dystopia. *Or until stocks are exhausted. All free, all ages, always. Check out the program below: 
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1 Jul — 5 AugMain Square
Fed Live
Free Events
Music