Diego Ramirez, Colonial Eclipse, 2017. City of Stonnington, Naarm/Melbourne.
Image courtesy of Teagan Ramsay.
Light in the Dark
As we leave our homes and experience a post-pandemic Melbourne, we are collaborating with the City of Stonnington to exhibit a series of large-scale projections on iconic buildings on Greville Street, Prahran.
Greville Street has closed to traffic and is open for people and outdoor dining experiences during the summer months, allowing us to enjoy the fabulous restaurants and all Greville Street has to offer. Join us as we bring art and people together in the heart of Prahran where you will find inspiring and interactive projection art in surprising places along Greville Street.
Greville Street, Prahan
Friday 11 - Sunday 20 December,
Sunset - MIDNIGHT
Tutu Collective, Taco Eggplant Peach, 2019
Using emoji texts sourced from online and personal transcripts we examine the idea of how communication is subverted. :P Where the send/reply interaction is a commonplace and simple transaction – unless one half of the interaction is in a completely different language and the grammatic rules are a complete mystery. Miscommunicated or misunderstood transactions with text and pic-form replies – emojis, memes, ASCII art over simple digital exchanges can make for some ‘interesting’ maybe titillating (who knows) conversations. Unintentional or not we resort to the cute graphic representations of sentiment called emoji - It’s simpler than having to craft a wordy response, right? And I skimmed your message soz ;)
Wesley Dowling, Mosaic, 2020
Mosaic is a reactive web-based site-responsive work that was developed during the Centre for Projection Art Residency Program. Digital technologies, such as network infrastructure and mobile devices, have brought about redefinitions of public space which have now become merged virtual and physical spheres. The work acknowledges this new condition of public space by fusing the virtual windows of the web browser to the physical architecture of the building through projection.
The Mosaic website is an accumulated history of the window dimensions of web browsers that interact with the site. Viewers can contribute to the work by scanning the QR code on-site with their mobile device, and then clicking or tapping on-screen. Rectangles created from the site visitor's browser dimensions will appear simultaneously on-screen and on the projected artwork. The rectangular shapes merge with other visitor's browser windows to form a moving, ever-changing colour field that will evolve during the exhibition
Diego Ramirez, Colonial Eclipse, 2017
Colonial Eclipse reflects on the process of colonialism through the symbolism of an eclipse. Portraying different phases of a solar eclipse, Ramirez conveys the feeling one may experience after centuries of colonization. Indeed, the blockage of the sun – a sudden phenomenon that appears to engulf the world in a penumbra of darkness – conveys an experience of cosmic invasion. Picture what we may see if new conquerors arrived to the Australian shore to impose their culture, government and society upon us: a colonial eclipse. However, rather than evoking a debilitating sense of pessimism, this work seeks to explore the poetic spaces made possible by these historical legacies, employing an enticing colour palette and seductive composition to deliver its message.
Producer: Bianca Bowman (CEO Centre for Projection Art)
Public Program Coordinator: Catriona Black-Dinham
Technical Manager: Jay Tettamanti
Digital Coordinator and Documentation: Teagan Ramsay
Special thanks to Mudd Hair Sculpting and Jak investments for housing our projectors and providing the use of their windows on Greville Street for this project.