This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location

Artist: Magnificant Revoulation Australia
Curator: Margaret Farmer (COFA)
Date Installed
Installed 24 Feb 2012 - 26 Feb 2012
Intersection with Campbell Street / Flinders Street / Oxford Street, DARLINGHURST, 2010
Project: Taylor Square Temporary Art program
Artist Website

Intersection with Campbell Street / Flinders Street / Oxford Street, DARLINGHURST, 2010

Artwork Description

Through our work people start to make implicit connections between personal energy use, money saving, independence and climate change and start to build appreciation for energy.

– Magnificent Revolution

Cycle-In Cinema was a three day project in Taylor Square that promoted renewable energy in an engaging way. Created by Magnificent Revolution Australia, the cinema allowed viewers to use bikes to power short films.

Imagine a drive-in with bikes instead of cars. This pedal powered cinema system used 8 bikes and 16 legs to power a 4000 Lumen projector and 400W of audio equipment for screening films or projections. Bikes were plugged into a generator, and individuals took turns riding to power the performance, ringing a bell when they needed a break.

The program consisted of 21 short films under three groups. The Friday night program on 24th showed films from Queer Screen, to celebrate 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.

On Saturday night the 25th, Burn Baby Burn, a program curated by Katrina Schwarz screened a range of cult short films and music videos by contemporary Australian and British artists.

On Sunday 26th was screened a curated program of new media including Indigenous voices from The Collage of Fine Arts. Together, the films and the cinema not only engaged viewers with important issues in society but also the importance of renewable energy.

Over 400 film and cycle fans attended the pedal-powered screenings over three nights. Taylor Square was transformed on Friday and Saturday and the wet-weather venue (at 1a Burton Street) was put to use on Sunday evening.

Magnificent Revolution Australia

Magnificent Revolution Australia is a social enterprise established in 2010 to deliver pedal power events, installations and workshops that demonstrate the potential for renewable energy. MRA is a partner of London-based Magnificent Revolution, which has produced over 100 pedal-powered events across the UK and Europe.

Taylor Square Temporary Art Program

The Taylor Square art program ran from 2009 to 2013 and invited artists to develop temporary projects and installations that would transform the area from a busy intersection into a creative hub.

For the fourth Taylor Square program the City of Sydney invited collaborations from artists and arts organisations and selected We Make This City curated by the Margaret Farmer, College of Fine Arts, as a NIEA Curating Cities project. This program tackled inertia regarding climate change, countering fear and frustration with trust, beauty, community and positive action on this urgent social question.

We Make This City included four artworks:

Drift by David Cross was on view from 17 November – 18 December 2011.

Rekindling Venus: in plain sight by Lynette Wallworth was on view from December 2011 – May 2012.

Cycle-in Cinema by Magnificent Revolution Oz was screening from 24 – 26 February 2012.

A leaf from the book of cities by Makeshift on view during Saturdays in March 2012.

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