A memorable event is not repeatable. The magic occurs when people come together to form a temporary community and experience something new together that encourages them to also be themselves.
For the opening night exhibition of 'Swarm' at Science Gallery Melbourne, the Australian Youth Choir created swarming sounds through experimental music arrangements and whirly tubes. The event also included a contemporary dance that mimicked the swarming movements of birds, a bee funeral procession and a drag show that highlighted the exhibition design. The event attracted over 700 people and also included live DJ sets, free food and drink and dancing.
'Love/City' was a program of three different events over three years, providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work for one-night-only. The events were held in non-traditional spaces and included live music, installation art, film screenings, performance art, pop up bars and food trucks. Over 60 contemporary artists participated in these events which attracted over 1200 people.
'Showtime' was a different take on a night market, created in collaboration with the Rose Street Markets and produced by Testing Grounds. Visitors could shop from local artisans and bespoke businesses while also learning new skills e.g. how to play the drums, pick a lock, turn a TV into an oscilloscope, make a foam machine, vacuum suck plastic casting, make 2-bit video games and learn how to make insect chico rolls. There were two unique events with different line up of participatory experiences. Each event attracted over 1000 people.
'The Jaffle Symposium' was a series of unique public talks during the winter, where interesting people talked about interesting things, while cooking and eating their favourite jaffle recipe on a fire. The series of events ran for 2 years and were intimate discussions that covered topics such as public art, sea weed, urban development, Colombian street festivals and renewable energies.
'Sunday Lunch' was a potluck of creative offerings, with each guest invited to contribute an activity during the lunch. At an eclectic table laid with pickles and tinned food (which the guests had to improvise into a meal) there were readings, performances, discussions and sharing of recipes. Participants were nourished by the creative offerings as much as the food.
The 'Friday Night Social' events at Science Gallery Melbourne is as program of twelve events over 3 years that are focused on creating unique experiences for young people (15-28 years old). Each event presents audiences a very different experience in response to emerging conversations and ideas. Events have included cabaret, quizzes, arm wrestling, marching bands, contemporary dance, talks, live music, temporary installations, street performances and film screenings. Each event is attended by up to 700 people.
For client 'Assemble Papers' I produced a community focused event in a disused warehouse space waiting to be redeveloped. The event involved a smoking ceremony, an arena of interactive activities and workshops, a live 20 piece jazz band and DJs. The event was sponsored by Noisy Ritual winery, Sample brewery and Taco Truck. The event attracted over 500 people and unfolded over the day, well into the night. We also worked with external companies to introduce electricity and toilets to the warehouse for the event, working through construction and permits.
‘Light with Hope – Harmonious’ is a site-specific public art installation comprising 278 symbolic lanterns hung on the branches of 16 trees at Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River, Melbourne, by Jenny Zhe Change. The 278 handmade lanterns represent the number of cultural and ethnic groups in Australia and feature the word ‘Harmonious’ in each language. For one month these lanterns provided a safe passage way for people walking along the river, wishing those who are seeking a better life well. Produced by City of Melbourne.
‘Channel’ by Georgia Nowak, acknowledges the Birrarung (Yarra River) as a living entity and highlights the value of water as central to ecological survival. For this project 1300 litres of polluted stormwater siphoned from the Yarra River below, filled a two-metre-high clear tank. Natural processes utilising organic materials found in the local litter traps, including microscopic insects, aquatic snails, endemic plants and macrophytes as well as charcoal, helped to increase oxygen levels and neutralise impurities in this water sample. Produced by the City of Melbourne and Testing Grounds.