This year’s Geelong After Dark has plenty of surprises in store for those who like to stay out late. When the family-friendly activities wind up around 10pm, Geelong After After Dark takes over.
Night owls looking for more edgy arts action can explore what’s on offer in Little Malop Street (between Moorabool and Gheringhap streets) with interactive performances, music, projection, theatre and dancing until 11pm.
Among the highlights, Beav’s Bar will become a portal for patrons to express themselves beyond gender lines. Embark on a duet with the mysterious Mx.Red (pronounced Mis Read), but you must be invited! Mx.Red is from another dimension, created by artist Jonathan Homsey using motion capture technology, augmented reality and live performance to create an experience of dance, expression and intimacy.
Homsey is an award-winning artist born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States. He moved to Australia in 2010 and now works as an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement. Mx.Red is one of two exciting and interactive works Jonathan will present at After After Dark.
Discover the true nature of the gnome with Gnomeless a roving multimedia installation created by Geelong artists David Dellafiora, Sue Hartigan and Teresa Lawrence. Dimly lit, of earth and stone, the gnomes are diseased and despised guardians of the underground. A limited edition of The Small Issue will be offered to those able to see the true nature of the gnome.
Transport becomes art at Geelong After Dark as the The Little Projector Company returns with its much loved Projector Bike - a cinema on wheels. And this year’s program includes a newcomer to the region, BOE’s Audiocycle, an interactive bicycle built from salvaged items that uses people power to share music.
Pixel Alley will be transformed with a dazzling array of colourful patterns and sequences (actually you won’t be be able to miss it). This beautiful installation - the creation of design collective John Fish - features 1344 suspended LED spheres transforming an unassuming alleyway into a mesmerising display of light and colour.
Street art and projection come together in Shorts Place, just off Little Malop St, where an 8m high artwork from highly regarded Baby Guerrilla will be overplayed with projection by Olaf Meyer. Baby Guerilla’s permanent street art project explores the relationship between people and virtual world. Meyer has digitally mapped the artwork and will bring a child to life exploring amazing virtual worlds.
Theatrical experiences will include Bonkel Theatre Company’s The Way We Were, using original music and puppetry to explore the rise of capitalism in the 20th Century while local artist Liz McGrath will bring to life the fascinating true story of Miss Drysdale and Miss Newcomb, lady squatters.
And if that’s not enough, street bands, dancing, installations and even live painting will keep audiences enthralled. Come along and immerse yourself in the diversity of works on offer at Geelong After Dark 2018 - it’s one of our biggest (and longest) events yet - putting the art in the heart of Central Geelong since 2014.