Nillumbik Digital Agora

The Nillumbik Digital Agora develops and showcases site-specific digital and projection-based contemporary artworks in public space for the municipality. The ancient agora provided the backdrop for community conversation, the sharing of ideas and debate in the public realm.

The Nillumbik Digital Agora uses contemporary creative media to generate and exchange information in public space.

Nillumbik Digital Agora Event Program 2019

Victorian artists were invited to propose contemporary light-based artworks/projects that respond to the theme of stories of place for the Nillumbik Digital Agora. Sixteen artists were commissioned as part of a program of unique, site-specific installations alongside a major new commission by lead artist, Yandell Walton.

The Nillumbik Digital Agora's program of artworks/projects will be showcased in public spaces in each of Nillumbik’s largest townships (Diamond Creek, Eltham, Hurstbridge, St Andrews) at night over the course of September 2019.

 

Diamond Creek

Friday 13 September (projection only) and Saturday 14 September (projection + something special)
7.30pm - 10:30pm

Reece Plumbing external wall
2 Elizabeth Street, Diamond Creek

Launch event: Saturday 14 September from 6:30pm at Araluen, 27/29 Station Street, Diamond Creek

See map here(PNG, 322KB)

When we sleep in Nillumbik

Artist, Freya Pitt, worked with five local artists; Tony Allan, James Barden, Kylie Gentle, Melissa Kent and Evie Rentzis from Araluen's Diamond Creek Centre. The artists used painting and drawing to depict their personal relationships to spaces in Diamond Creek. Pitt then adapted the drawings into an animated projection work.

Planning your visit

  • Pedestrians are advised to take care when viewing the artwork and to always use footpaths.
  • The Saturday night event coincides with the Diamond Creek Fair and parking will be extremely limited
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks are positioned in areas that are darken with uneven surfaces and to take care to avoid tripping
  • Due to uneven surfaces visitors are asked to wear flat, closed-toed shoes
  • All artworks are family friendly but it is asked that children are supervised at all times as the areas will be darkened
  • Events may be cancelled in extreme weather circumstances (high winds, official weather warnings)

St Andrews

Friday 20 September, Saturday 21 September, Sunday 22 September
7pm - 10.30pm

St Andrews Hall (site of St Andrews Market)
Cnr Kangaroo Ground - St Andrews Rd and Proctor St, St Andrews

Launch event: Saturday 21 September from 6:30pm at St Andrews Hall

See map here(PNG, 386KB)

Transient Entanglement

Location: St Andrews Hall façade

Yandell Walton's major commissioned artwork explores the temporal nature of our existence as human beings and also the fragility of the natural environment. Created using specialised 3D scanning technology in local sites in Nillumbik this work simulates a world that is void of human life but depicts waste remanence, highlighting the over consumptive behaviours that contribute to the move into a new epoch known as the Anthropocene. 

Breathe

Location: St Andrews Hall decking 

PluginHUMAN places audiences in the centre of an immersive art experience. Their new installation, Breathe, provides an environmental encounter, one that is mediated by digital technology. This light installation responds to minute changes in the surrounding environment. It brings the micro to human scale, providing a new perspective on the life force of trees.

Nillumbik Nocturne

Location:  Rockery at St Andrews Hall site  

Artist, Susan Wirth, worked with local environment groups to capture night imagery of natural habitat in the local reserves. The video documentation will be interpreted into video projections in the St Andrews Hall environment.

Planning your visit

  • Artworks are positioned in the grounds at St Andrews Hall
  • Parking is available on Proctor Street, St Andrews
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks are positioned in areas that are dark with uneven surfaces and to take care to avoid tripping
  • Due to uneven surfaces visitors are asked to wear flat, closed-toed shoes
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks involve moving images and some sound through projection
  • All artworks are family friendly but it is asked that children are supervised at all times as the areas will be darkened
  • Events may be cancelled in extreme weather circumstances (high winds, official weather warnings)

Hurstbridge

Thursday, 26 September

Allwood Neighbourhood House
901 Main Road, Hurstbridge

See map here(PNG, 435KB)

Herstories

Location: historical lockup (rear Allwood House)

Artist, Rebeccah Power, worked with Nillumbik's local history groups to research women linked to the Eltham Courthouse at the turn of the 20th century. Her research was reinterpreted into watercolour portraits of the historical women. The watercolours were then animated into a projection artwork viewed from within the historical lockup.

Hurst's Neon Ghost Cottage

Location: façade of Allwood House studio (rear Allwood House)

Artist, James Price, worked with Hurstbridge and District Historical Society to research varying versions of the 'facts' about the story of Henry Hurst and the bushranger Clusky. The story was interpreted into a large scale animation to re-tell the story projected onto the façade of the studio.

The Bower

Location: Allwood House gardens facing tennis courts (rear Allwood House)

Artist, Christie Widiarto, worked with the community to create representations of native flowers, birds and insects using luminescent paint. The community's creations are displayed in the garden in the sunken meeting place with a light sculpture and a projection. The artworks explore the bower bird and how birds and insects see the world/light differently to people.

Planning your visit

  • Artworks are positioned in the grounds at the rear of Allwood house
  • Pedestrians enter from the Hurstbridge-Arthurs Creek Road at the rear of Allwood House
  • Parking is available at Ferguson's Paddock at the bottom of Hurstbridge-Arthurs Creek Road
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks are positioned in areas that are dark with uneven surfaces and to take care to avoid tripping
  • Due to uneven surfaces visitors are asked to wear flat, closed-toed shoes
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks involve moving images and some sound through projection
  • All artworks are family friendly but it is asked that children are supervised at all times as the areas will be darkened
  • Events may be cancelled in extreme weather circumstances (high winds, official weather warnings)

Eltham

Friday 6 September, Saturday 7 September, Sunday 8 September
7pm - 10:30pm

Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham and Platform 3095, 965 Main Rd, Eltham

Launch event: Saturday 7 September from 6:30pm at Eltham Library

See map here(PNG, 390KB)

Ecology code

Location:  Next to ramp entrance (railway side), Eltham Library

Artist, Jane Crappsley, observed and recorded local soundscapes in the Eltham Library area (people, birds, trains) to explore the tension between nature and human intervention. The sounds were reinterpreted into visualised patterns, signs and symbols that were adapted into an animation projected onto sculptural forms

Under Pellucidar

Location: Next to entrance steps, Eltham Library  

Artist, Pie Bolton, creatred a LED light sculpture under the Eltham Library. The artwork references the 1915 fantasy novel series, Pellucidar, by Edgar Rice Burroughs about discovery of a hidden world beneath the earth's core. The artwork considers the rock core of the earth and connection to people and knowledge.

Women of Nillumbik

Location: Main Street facing exterior wall, Platform 3095 

Artist, Kiera Brew Kurec, consulted with various groups of local women about their experience of place in Nillumbik. The stories were reinterpreted into choreographed body actions and movements performed by local women that were captured on video. The video is projected onto the side wall of Platform 3095.

Planning your visit

  • Artworks are positioned around Eltham Library and on the Main Road facing wall of Platform 3095
  • Pedestrians are advised to take care if travelling between the artworks and to always use footpaths.
  • Parking is available at Eltham Library including disabled parking
  • Visitors are reminded that the artworks are positioned in areas that are darken with uneven surfaces and to take care to avoid tripping
  • Due to uneven surfaces visitors are asked to wear flat, closed-toed shoes
  • All artworks are family friendly but it is asked that children are supervised at all times as the areas will be darkened
  • Events may be cancelled in extreme weather circumstances (high winds, official weather warnings)

Further information 

Contact Clare Leporati, Public and Participatory Arts Officer 9433 3126 or email clare.leporati@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

 

The Nillumbik Digital Agora project is proudly supported by the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria’s Creative Suburbs Program and in partnership with ACMI X and the Centre for Projection Art, Little Projector Company, Allwood Neighbourhood House, Araluen and Yarra Plenty Regional Library