Welcome to Geelong After Dark 2016! Herein lies a curated evening for all those of you who love to pick-the–eyes, order from the top shelf and sample the produce. This guide presents the highlights from the program guide, picked and packaged for you to enjoy as you peruse Geelong on the night of 6 May.
Click on the pictures for more information about each act!
Your first stop will be down on Police Lane. Here, you will meet the humanoids, The Information Membrane (6-10pm). There is one of each of these guys in each zone and they will be projecting from their stomachs a selection of videos specific to your Geelong After Dark evening. Perhaps say g’day, and ask them to reveal the secrets of their stomachs designed to give you the leading edge on the streets tonight!
After your encounter with the membranes, your next stop will be Little Malop Street Central where the first part of the Blood. Sex. Tears (6-7pm) experience awaits. The Grand Caravan is an entirely sensual experience that relies on you as the art medium. Think internal monologue meets sound art production, this is where you become more than a spectator. Here you will forever be a part of the night.
Flora Non Evidens (6-10pm) is a sure fire highlight, where rare Australian plants interact in an unusual ghostly fashion amidst threads of light and reflective embroidery. It is down on Moorabool St, not a leap too far from your confessional inside The Grand Caravan.
Brand Me Baby (6-10pm) are a curious duo who you must meet whilst you are in the area - lurking between Moorabool and Gheringhap St! You will see them dressed in skin body suits so you can’t miss them. Explore digital commodification with this fun interactive piece as you make your way towards our next amazing space.
Your next location for the evening will be the brand sparkling new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, only a block away. Time for some paint…but not as you know it. Naomi Nicholls' has taken over this space tonight, Encircling Current (6-10pm) is a must see, her art is literally dripping across the buildings walls and floors.
Now cross to the other side of the road because the Geelong Performing Arts Centre is your next stop. We know this area is awash with arts experiences to behold, but your reason for being here is to experience the radio cabaret project Stardust: The Col Brain Story (7:30 - 8pm). The story of Col Brain, the grandfather of Geelong’s early music scene is told by his grandson, broadcaster and musician, Joel Carnegie in collaboration with the Geelong West Brass Band, director Tom Molyneux and ABC RN (Radio National). Make sure you arrive early to grab a seat for this 30 minute radio cabaret show!
Once you've emerged from the show, make your way down to Steampacket Gardens for a dance party like no other. Walkers from Geelong's Extreme Arts Walk, Mountain to Mouth will be arriving from their walk from the You Yangs and a major ceremony to be held -M~M Gathering of the City: Geelong Connected Communities (8:20 - 8:40pm). Lit up by the world renowned Phil Lethlean (2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony) along with a choreographed dance extravaganza - it’s the perfect interlude for your stroll through the streets after dark.
So now it is back to Grand Caravan at Little Malop Street Central. Because by now Part 2. of Blood. Sex. Tears - The Listening (9-10pm) is ready for you! The recordings made earlier in the night will now have been transformed into an inspiring piece of sound art! So sit back and relax - a must do to fully cap of your amazing Grand Caravan experience.
The last moment of wonder to fill your evening can be found on the front of City Hall. The grand finale being Matt Bonner’s projection art, this work titled Float (9:30 - 10pm). Marvel in its beauty and be transfixed by the spirit of Geelong - After Dark.