Nillumbik Digital Agora Program

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 - Youth Program 2018

In 2018 six secondary school students undertook a three-day workshop with lead artist, Yandell Walton, utilising digital technologies to create artworks that were projected nightly in space from 14 September to 1 October across two sites in the township of Eltham.

Nillumbik Digital Agora - Artist Forum & Projection Masterclass 

Artist Forum

The Nillumbik Digital Agora Artist Information Forum was held on Friday 1 March 2019 to provide further information about the project, the lead artist, project partners and light-based contemporary art practice in public space.

The evening included presentations by lead artist, Yandell Walton, the Centre for Projection Art as well as demonstrations of projection equipment by Little Projector Company.

Projection Masterclass

Nine selected Victorian artists gained new knowledge and skills about projection and new digital media art techniques at a three-day masterclass with lead artist Yandell Walton held in early March 2019 held at Eltham Living and Learning.

Nillumbik Digital Agora Artists

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. Fifteen artists have been commissioned for the concept, development and installation of their artwork/project 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.

Transient Entanglement

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. 

Diamond Creek

When we sleep in Nillumbik

Artist, Freya Pitt, is working with five local artists from Araluen's Diamond Creek Centre in a workshop context, The artists will use drawing to depict their personal relationships to spaces in Diamond Creek. The drawings will be adapted into an animated projection work.

Eltham

Under Pellucidar

Artist, Pie Bolton, is creating a LED light sculpture under the Eltham Library. The artworks references the relationship with the earth as the world and Nillumbik's place in history.

Women of Nillumbik (working title)

Artist, Kiera Brew Kurec, is running a number of workshops with various groups of women from Nillumbik. Kiera is gathering women's stories about their experience of place in Nillumbik. The stories will be reinterpreted into choreographed body actions and movements captured on video and projected in public space.

Ecology code

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

Hurstbridge

Herstories

Artist, Rebeccah Power, is working closely with Nillumbik's local history groups to research women linked to the Eltham Courthouse at the turn of the 20th century. Her research is being reinterpreted into watercolour portraits of the women. The watercolours will then be animated into a projection artwork viewed from within the historical lockup at Allwood House.

Hurst's Neon Ghost Cottage

Artist, James Price, is working closely 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 will be conveyed via a large scale animation projected onto a floating replica of the original Hurst cottage in the grounds of Allwood House.

The Bower

Artist, Christie Widiarto, is inviting the community to create representations of native flowers, birds and insects using luminescent paint. The community's creations will be displayed in the garden at Allwood House along a light sculpture and projections that explore the bower bird and how birds and insects see the world/light differently to people.

St Andrews

Transient Entanglement

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. 

[Eco]PULSE

PluginHUMAN create immersive environments that provide hands-on interactive experiences. They are capturing the unique characteristics of St Andrews' trees through innovative multimedia techniques. The community will engage with the project through the immersive qualities of experiencing the resulting artwork.

Nillumbik Nocturne

Artist, Susan Wirth, is working 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.

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