Friday, 4 March 2016

Melbourne on a White Night 2016 (Part 2)

In the previous post, I described the first part of our wander across the northern sector of the annual White Night event in Melbourne. Now, after midnight, we head on...

Before we left Franklin Street, we spotted a smaller illumination on a wall of RMIT University, above the food trucks. According to the program, this series of colourful images, Kaleidodreams, had been crafted around the movements of a famous burlesque dancer:



The best experience of the evening, however, was ahead of us in the Carlton Gardens. Against the facade of Australia's first World Heritage cultural site, the Royal Exhibition Building, was the Pitcha Makin Fellas projection.

A collaboration between the Aboriginal art group of the same name and Portuguese digital art outfit Ocubo, it was a huge animated work which mapped six traditional indigenous seasons across the entire face of the building. Here are some of the resulting images:




And here's a clip I filmed during the autumnal sequence:


Lying on the grass among a crowd of relaxed spectators at 2am, this was the highlight of the night for me.

On the way back home, though, I couldn't resist making a detour to see the gigantic inflatable golden tamarind monkey hanging off the side of the Melbourne Town Hall:


That's Melbourne on a White Night! It's still there as I write these words nearly a week later...