The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is back to blow your mind

  • Jul 20, 2017

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is back to take over Fitzroy for another year.

The Festival is celebrating it’s 10th year – and it keeps getting better trippier.

  • The Gertrude Street Projection Festival
  • July 21-30

Light installations will once again takeover shop fronts, laneways, galleries and footpaths with bright electrifying artworks lighting up the faces of hipsters and onlookers alike.

This year, the free 10-night festival boasts more than 30 artworks from large-scale illuminated outdoor projections to more intimate video artworks.

On average, about 50,000 punters brave the cold each year, strolling down the Nicholson Street end to the Festival Hub at Catfish, down to Atherton Towers, The Gertrude Hotel, and all the way to Smith Street junction.

Festival Director Nicky Pastore praised local traders and community organisations for their ongoing support.

“Each year we are amazed by the enthusiasm and willingness of our artists and supporters to turn the street into a living artwork, encouraging audiences to explore and celebrate the diversity of the neighbourhood,” Pastore says.

Subxterrestrial. Via

Subxterrestrial. Via

This year’s theme is Unfurling Futures: the social, political and environmental concerns of our times, and what ignites our collective social imagination.

“Unfurling Futures is an invitation to artists and audiences to explore notions of the past and present and how they shape the possibility of multiple futures,” RMIT lecturer and curator Fiona Hillary says.

There will be food, dancing, and live performances as well.

6 Gertrude Street Projection Festival must sees

1. Fall into the skies

  • Artist: Prativa Tamang
  • Site Number: 15
  • Site Location: Atherton Gardens Precinct
  • More info here
Fall into the skies. Via

Fall into the skies. Via

Fall Into The Skies represents us as dreamers. Dreamers of science, of faith and of the future. It represents a place where there is unity and freedom, a world where violence, destruction and hate has been long forgotten. It symbolises how we cherish our milestones as individuals and as a human race.

Your dream, my dream and our dream. Is it so different? Or do we just pretend it is? As we fall into the skies….

2. Dancing neon goddess

  • Artist: Lillian McLean
  • Site Number: 13
  • Site Location: Atherton Gardens Precinct
  • More info here
Dance Neon Goddesses. Via

Dance Neon Goddesses. Via

These childlike figures are dancing, laughing symbols of simple bliss. Inspired by the ‘Venus of Willendorf’ and other ancient Goddess forms, Matisse’s dancers and Kieth Hering.

A representation of Gertrude Streets future, these dancers embody how Fitzroy is a safe space for creatives.

“I want people to smile and enjoy my silly dancing Neon Goddesses,” Lillian says.

3. Self-portrait as Ok Cupid questionnaire

  • Artist:Carla Adams
  • Site Location: Seventh Gallery
  • Presented as part of ‘Feminographies’
  • Curated by Jade Bitar
  • More info here
Self Portrait as OkCupid Questionnaire. Via

Self Portrait as OkCupid Questionnaire. Via

She’ll be answering questions that form part of the match survey on dating site,

The match survey has around 4000 questions and aims to explore the user’s thoughts on moral and ethical issues such as “Should women be obligated to keep their legs shaved?” and “Do you strongly prefer to date someone of your own race?”

This work acts as a self portrait, with the viewer learning more and more intimate information about the artist the longer they engage with the work. With this information, they are able to construct an image in their head about who the artist might be.

This work poses questions about how women chose to present themselves online – especially in an environment where the male gaze is so heavily exercised.

4. Trappist-1

  • Artist: Zoe Mars & Geo William
  • Site Number: 7
  • Site Location: Radio Bar, 79 Gertrude Street
  • Live Performance: 8.30pm, July 21
  • Cost: FREE
  • More info here
Trappist. Via

Trappist. Via

Whack your headphones on and travel through space to the recently-identified Trappist-1 system with this paired audio guide and projection.

Launching from Radio Bar and featuring an original musical soundtrack by composer Geo William, Trappist-1 guides you along an imaginary 40-lightyear journey to a new home on earthlike planets, while imagery drawn from classic sci-fi animation playfully speculates about our future life in space.

The streamed audio guide requires a mobile device with an internet connection. It invites you to explore Gertrude Street and takes approx.15 minutes to complete.

The live performance features a live remixing of the atmospheric soundtrack.

5. Main attraction

  • Artist: Jen Rae
  • Site Number: 22
  • Site Location: Bruce, 157 Gertrude Street
  • More info here
Main attraction. Via

Main attraction. Via

It’s time to get serious! The polar bear – the world’s largest and fiercest land predator, used to be emblematic of the cold. But today, it is a symbol of warmth. Main Attraction is a video work, that explores the popular, potent and political problematics of selecting the polar bear from a specific geographic region to represent a global phenomenon, one that is highly complex and human-induced.

The flickering effect in Main Attraction alludes to the world’s tipping point, like the moment before a fluorescent lamp burns out forever.

The polar bear in this frame is caught in a quasi-suspended animation, literally insane from her manufactured cement and chlorine environment.

A disruption in the third rotation brings the viewer face-to-face with the defeated.

6. Submerged

  • Artist: Yandell Walton
  • Site Number: 37
  • Site Location: Burnside, 87A Smith Street
  • More info here
Submerged. Via

Submerged. Via

Another piece examining climate change. Submerged depicts a body of water within an architectural space encompassing a figure.

The work addresses issues surrounding the transient nature of the world where there is a tension between the natural and built environment, and hints at a future where human life cannot continue to exist in spaces we currently inhabit.

It aims to stimulate the viewer both intellectually and emotionally, by focusing on the impermanent nature of the world around us.