Turin’s theme is a visual representation of The Sound of Beauty
Turin’s theme is a visual representation of The Sound of Beauty. In order to represent sound and its visual and beautiful properties, the design is based on the symmetrical structure and patterns of cymatics – the study of sound wave phenomena.
The term ‘cymatic’ was coined in the 1960s by Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist and philosopher, derived from the ancient Greek word κῦμα (kyma), which means 'wave’. His experiments showed that if fine powders were placed on a sheet of metal and acoustic wave vibrations were applied to them, these particles were organised into specific patterns.
These patterns, also known as Chladni figures, configure, in the case of harmonic sounds, into symmetrical geometric shapes and compositions, similar to mandala configurations.
The Italian Garden (Giardini all'Italiana) was one of the main inspirations for the set design, and it was noticeable that these gardens have a structure similarly present in cymatics. Both are based on symmetry, axial geometry and seem to indicate the principle of an idea of order over nature.
The cymatics in the theme-art visually hint towards both the sun and a cosmic portal that can be opened on the idea of the sound of beauty.
Arsenica is a serif typeface designed by Francesco Canovaro for Zetafonts, and developed by a design team including Mario De Libero, Andrea Tartarelli and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini.
The design of Arsenica takes its inspiration from Italian poster design at the beginning of the 20th century, a time when typography, lettering and illustration were closely interwoven, pushing on traditional old style letterforms often imbued with Art Nouveau and Deco sensibilities.
Artists like Giorgio Muggiani and Marcello Dudovich illustrated posters for Cinzano, Pirelli, and Rinascente, and provided typographical design for newspapers.
The use of typography is key to further defining the Italian identity of this year’s theme. Poster design and branding are central to the history of Italian design and through typography consolidate the overall Italian look and feel of the event.
With Sheldon Riley about to perform Not the Same in front of a worldwide audience of more than 180 million, SBS is a one stop shop for everything you need to get swept up in Eurovision fever.
The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusively on SBS and SBS On Demand from 11 to 15 May, with primetime broadcasts on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May at 8.30pm, and Sunday 15 May at 7.30pm.
Sheldon Riley will compete for Australia in Semi Final 2,
As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi Final in which their country is participating, as well as the Grand Final. The viewers’ votes make up 50% of the final result. The other 50% of the vote is decided by a National Jury in each participating country. The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.
For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the LIVE broadcast of Semi Final 2 on Friday May 13 at 5am (AEST) and the Grand Final on Sunday 15 May at 5am (AEST) and follow the voting prompts that appear on screen during the live broadcasts.
Primetime evening broadcasts
Semi-Final 2 – Saturday 14 May, 8.30pm (AEST) Featuring Sheldon Riley (Australia)
Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm (AEST)
LIVE early morning broadcasts
Semi-Final 2 – Friday 13 May, 5am (AEST) Featuring Sheldon Riley (Australia)
Grand Final – Sunday 15 May, 5am (AEST)