If you’re feeling a bit jaded about this city and want to see Melbourne through new eyes, artist Nathan Kaso has the solution. Miniature Melbourne is a tilt-shift time-lapse film shot over 10 months and clocking in at four rather magical minutes and 35 seconds. Fittingly, it will be screened at White Night Melbourne, but you can have a sly watch of it here.
By using the tilt-shift technique, which blurs the top and bottom of the frame, and shooting footage from a sniper’s perspective, it miniaturises a scene. This effect imbues the city with an innocence; turning it into our playground. Diggers and cranes swing and whir away as workers beat their paths back and forth, and you can practically see a chubby little hand guiding the Spirit of Tasmania out of Port Phillip Bay.
The slightly jerky effect of the sped-up footage is reminiscent of home cinefilm. Kaso heightens the effect of being a tourist in our own town by focusing on events like Moomba, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. Carousels whirl and the flames on the boardwalk outside Crown Casino erupt into life with a staccato beat.… Read more
Itself inspired by Nuit Blanche – the dusk to dawn festival that began in France and spread to Berlin, Havana, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Naples, Cairo, Buenos Aires and other cities – White Night premiered in Melbourne in February 2013, drawing crowds of over 300,000 to the CBD.It’s expected to attract half a million in February 2014 and has stretched to a larger area to accommodate this.
A little influence may also have crept in from Hobart’s phenomenally well acclaimed Dark Mofo festival, particularly with the addition of a crepuscular beam that will be visible from all over Melbourne. It’s constructed so that you can walk under it. Then there’s the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra, which will have a sci-fi style vortex to walk through. Illuminations and installations will once again be a key factor of White Night.
We’re gathered today in what’s been dubbed the Northern Lights district, being the northern end of Swanston Street that’s been added to ease congestion on the night. There will be a big stage here, as well as one in Bourke Street Mall dedicated to music.… Read more
Check it – just a taster of the new street art that’s on Hosier Lane, tying in with summer art festival Melbourne Now. More than 100 street artists, including an all-girl crew and some old-school writers from the ’80s, banded together to work on Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane. They’ll be winding up this evening if you want to catch them in action.
Photo Roberto Seba… Read more
One of the bright sparks behind Jafflechutes – the service that allows you to purchase a jaffle by Paypal and then get it airdropped to you by parachute from atop a tall building, has launched SelfieSketchup.
Send Adam a selfie and you’ll get a sketch back for free – it’s his effort to inject some magic into our narcissism, as the addition of a flying cat to this writer’s selfie illustrates.
“I intend to keep the site going in its current form until: a) I get sick of it, or b) it gets completely out of hand,” says Adam, who also has a blog and the rather excellent project Giftidear, in which he reads an email you send him that’s been sent to you (confidentially, of course), and dreams up the perfect gift for that person.
While Adam is currently the ‘artist in residence’ of SelfieSketchup, he’s interested in creating a seven-day roster of artists from different timezones, “kind of like a virtual sketch sweat shop… but a happy one.”
In the spirit of the project, the artists would need to work for free, but Adam took approximately three minutes out of his day job to knock this sketch up, so it needn’t be time consuming.… Read more
Laneway lovers should have a good ol’ snoop around Rutledge and Hosier Lanes tomorrow, Friday November 8, as some of Melbourne’s top street artists will be reworking the walls. This satellite project of the NGV’s Melbourne Now summer art festival sees artists from Land of Sunshine, Invurt and Just Another repainting the upper portions of the laneways. The first two-day session is November 8-10, followed by a second on November 27-29. Pictured is an earlier mural from Land of Sunshine in Hosier Lane, finished just a couple of weeks ago.
Artwork by Makatron… Read more