May 26, 2022

Illumination artwork to light up the night

An outdoor viewing and sound experience will come to life and light up the night in Torquay this Saturday.

Illumination explores the transformative nature of life, the land and constellations beyond, honouring the First Nations People and their ancient
culture’s storytelling medium of paint. The metamorphosis of vibrant moving paint landscapes will be projected at a large scale onto one of the northern exterior wall at the Wurdi Baierr Stadium in Torquay North accompanied by a deep and lifting soundscape.

Rebecca Hosking, one of the co-creators of the project with Surf Coast painters Robert Kain, Kathryn Junor and Gwyn Wise, said Illumination would bring together Surf Coast paint artists and sound artists with film and projection art to connect community and enliven the senses.

“It’s very much an experiment. I have been working with paint, being an artist and filming what they create instead of working with the end product when it’s dry - it’s a liquid, so it’s liquid paint and it’s very much an expression of paint, and I’ve set that to music.”

The audience will watch the projection from a large viewing

“With COVID restrictions, I took all of that into consideration when I was
planning it, so there’s plenty of space for people to view it comfortably; that was important to me,” Hosking said.

Hosking said she had done several outdoor projection projects before, but none recently in the Surf Coast.

“It’s a good visual experience, it’s an experience for people in the community to come along to.”

"They can stand there for the seven minutes, they can stand there for 20 minutes, to watch it, enjoy it and hopefully feel inspired and illuminated and go back to their regular life having experienced some art forms."

“For me, this will be step one of a bigger process of a large piece where I’ll be developing further concepts around it. “It’s also giving an opportunity for all of us as artists to work together to create something new with a purpose and an outcome that we can share with others and bring everyone together.”

The project was a recipient of the Surf Coast Shire’s COVID Recovery Grants.
See full Surf Coast Times story here.

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