Bringing the Human Back to the City

San Acher Borealis

Using art to create change 

Presented by
dan Acher

Tuesday 20 February 2018







Dan’s city-wide installations are about connection in shared environments, bringing the ceremonial back into our streets. Through participative projects and installations, he creates opportunities for people to meet and connect. In this talk, Dan will go through some of his projects and share how he uses art to activate public space.

In town for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Dan will help transform North Terrace into a month-long light spectacular, bringing his project, Borealis, to Australia for the first time. The stunning exhibition projects blue and green light on to clouds in the night sky to create a replica of the Northern Lights.




Dan AcherDan is the founder of the creative studio Happy City Lab. His city-wide installations are about connection in shared environments, bringing the ceremonial back into our streets.

Central to his work is the use of art to create change. His projects disrupt routines and bring the extra-ordinary into people’s lives. From immersive streetlight orchestras through to monumental urban projections, his designs have ranged from targeted interventions to events created for audiences of over 90,000.

Dan designs for music, lights and other multi-disciplinary arts festivals as well as for city councils and companies who want to generate positive societal impact. His work has been featured in The Creators Project and Mashable amongst others. 

Dan has travelled widely exploring various cultures and has a New Zealand university background in social anthropology and management. He is an Ashoka Swiss Changemaker and is regularly invited to share his vision. For more, see his TEDx talk –(transcript here)

Twitter: @dan_acher
Instagram: @dan_acher
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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Adelaide Fringe

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