2017 is the 10th year the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has lit up Melbourne's winter nights and cold faces. To celebrate this anniversary, this year's festival is showcasing artists who contribute to an immersive, interactive and enchanting experience that will ignite the collective social imagination.
As in previous years, video projections will illuminate Gertrude Street's buildings, laneways, sidewalks and parks. Music and performance art will also enchant festival goers as they wander from one end of this iconic Fitzroy street to the other.
Visitors can even help create the art in installations like Luminance Laboratory, in which customised light emitting brushes, rollers, spray cans and stencils can be used to create glowing creations on a 5 metre-wide photoluminescent canvas.
Performance art includes: Subxterrestrial – an imaginary world of creatures from an imagined future subterranean habitat, altered through climate change FitzroY2K – a retrospective that will take you back to the turn of the century when Y2K paranoia was rampant;
Post Self Expression – an exploration of the idea of a future where self-expression is a thing of the past; My Ancestral Roots – an exploration of an ancestral migration encased within a prefabricated tent; and A Congregation of Light – participatory light painting with musical soundscapes and interactive elements stationed on a mobile Projector Bike.
While musical acts performing over the week include local community street choirs; garage pop explosion, Empat Lima; soulful four-piece, Karate Boogaloo; hip hop inspired artist, Iraamin; and rapper, Tumi The Be.
For the full program and an overview of the light and video projections that will be on display head here: gspf.com.au/program.