Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Winter Night 2015 Post Event Film_ILLUMINATE 2015

Illuminate, is a Projection Festival in its second year that was distributed along the streets of Morwell to form a key part of the broader Winter Night Festival 2015.

The curated projections allow for an immersion in a visual wonderland of colourful patterns; featuring the works of up to 20 talented local and regional artists, brought together as part of the ReActivate Latrobe Valley project and through local collaborations.

They provide an opportunity for the community and visitors to explore the city of Morwell through the lighting up of storefronts, buildings, street corners and spaces that are often familiar, however become transformed by the projections.

The Winter Night Festival 2015, was held on 19th of June, and also featured a large array of market stalls, workshops and performances to showcase unique local enterprises, from market food and fresh produce, artists and makers, performers and community groups unique to the region.

The festival is focused on fostering an environment where the community can come together to celebrate renewed visions for the future of the region. It is an opportunity to recognize the great things happening in Latrobe and to reconnect with their origins in local communities.

Please view the individual artists projected works by visiting

Monday, June 22, 2015

Latrobe Valley Express_Night festival swells

By Farrah Plummer,    June 22, 2015, midnight
Reposted from Latrobe Valley Express

Night festival swell

Illuminated: The Morwell Central hotel was lit up with artistic light projections.

The often quiet streets of Morwell became "magical" in a celebration of light, music, dance and art as the chill and darkness took hold on Friday night.

Residents peered into shop windows along Commercial Road to discover their normal habitats anew.

A male choir sang in a fish and chip shop, the Paperdolls dancers did the Charleston in the drycleaners, light projections cascaded off the central business district buildings and Tarwin Street swarmed with people sampling food and local wares.

"It was a celebration of place, by wanting to explore and seeing things that are everyday become something new," Reactivate Latrobe Valley co-director and organiser Craig Douglas said of the second annual Winter Night Festival.

Mr Douglas and co-director Rosalea Monacella estimated the festival had tripled in attendance numbers since last year.

The organisers also commented on participation with more shops, local businesses and community groups becoming "agents of change" and contributing to what Morwell could be.

"We're trying to highlight Morwell and the Latrobe Valley and hint it can be a strong cultural hub with so many musicians and performance artists. It really is a phenomenally mix rich of culture," Ms Monacella said.

Paperdolls member Emma Lewis said the dancers had performed a Charleston 'Great Gatsby' inspired number in the drycleaners, became pop-up mannequins in a beauty salon and mod Go-go dancers in the 'After 65 exhibition' at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Dancers in the former spotlight building on Commercial Road.

"We think it's really important for our community to reinvigorate the Latrobe Valley and it's got such a warm community feel about it. It's been a wonderful opportunity to be a part of it," Ms Lewis said.

The festival also held a youth event at Traralgon's VRI hall with local emerging bands and more light projections.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Latrobe Valley Express_Venture behind the scenes

By Farrah Plummer,    June 18, 2015, midnight
Reposted from Latrobe Valley Express

Venture behind the scenes

Struck: Morwell's Masonic Lodge in Hazelwood Road will be illuminated tomorrow night as part of the Reactivate Latrobe Winter Festival. photograph supplied.

USUALLY a quiet and contemplative space to reflect on art, Latrobe Regional Gallery will take on a new dimension as night falls this Friday.

As part of the ReActivate Latrobe Winter Night Festival, the Morwell gallery will offer 'back of house' tours of the gallery's 1500-work collection preserved behind the white-walled exterior.

"Behind that door there's paintings, there's glass, there's ceramics... everything under the sun, all stored in a certain way," Latrobe Regional Gallery acting arts director Shelley McDermott said.

She said this included conservation efforts, including how art works were stored and catalogued to ensure they last for future generations.

"It's a huge task that no-one normally sees," Ms McDermott said.

Inspired by 1960s optical art exhibition 'After 65', staff, artists and musicians will also roam the gallery in 1960s mod and Go-go dancer get-ups, offering free children and family art activities.

This includes drawing in the 'Radicals, Slayers and Villains' print exhibition, optical-illusion artwork and a photo booth.

Ms McDermott said the night created a different "vibe" in the gallery and was more accessible for those that had perhaps spent little time in the space.

"It's a different atmosphere and a different kind of visit," she said.

The Winter Night Festival, running the length of Commercial Road and Tarwin Street in Morwell, will run from 4pm to 10pm tomorrow.

It will feature local musicians such as the Strzelecki Stringbusters, a showcase of stalls and local enterprises, artisan foods, artists, performers in shop windows and community groups from around the region.

Traralgon's VRI Hall at Queens Parade will also host light projections and music performances on Saturday from 1pm to 10pm.

A night of light

THOSE passing by the historic Masonic Lodge in Morwell tomorrow night might wonder if the 1927 building has "come alive".

Traralgon artists Eloisa Tripodi and Dan Clancy are among projection artists who will illuminate buildings in the central business district as part of ReActivate Latrobe Winter Night Festival.

Using projection mapping at the Hazelwood Road building, the artists have created interactive sound and light animation that will seek audience participation.

Tap a xylophone with a hammer and musical notes will appear on the brick building.

Blow soap bubbles to see animated bubbles floating through the interior of the building.

Ask the building a question, and one of its inhabitants, Member for Morwell Russell Northe or Latrobe City mayor Dale Harriman, will answer.

"It's almost like animation, you're projecting the image of the building back on to the building and manipulating what it looks like," artist Dan Clancy said.

"Our project is interactive, not a static display like many have seen at White Night in Melbourne. The audience can tell the building how to feel or react."

In preparation for the performance, Mr Clancy and Ms Tripodi have spent nights in the "freezing cold" experimenting and testing the light projections.

Mr Clancy said the lodge was the best building for light projection mapping and hoped residents would walk down from the market at Tarwin Street to visit the building and nearby Latrobe Regional Gallery.

"It's not just a kid thing, it's for adults as well," he said.

"It's a live performance and will react to our audience as well. If the audience wants to participate they can, but they don't have to and can still enjoy the sound and light show."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Morwell Projections by WIN News Gippsland

Latrobe Valley braves the cold for winter festival

By Zoe Ferguson,    June 17, 2015
Reposted from

With markets, music, window shop performances and projection art, the Latrobe Valley Winter Night Festival is packed with entertainment, but it's only for two nights.

'Jesus' (Supplied: Hartmut Veit)

'Feet' (Supplied: Hartmut Veit )

'The Gift' (Supplied: Hartmut Veit )

(Supplied: Dan Clancy)

Artists Dan Clancy and Eloisa Tripod rugged up outside the Masonic Lodge (Supplied)

In its inaugural year in 2013 the Winter Night Festival was just a night market in Morwell and Traralgon, but now it's being used as a platform to showcase broader local talent.

Co-director of Reactivate Latrobe Valley who is behind the festival, Rosalea Monacella, says it highlights the strong community in the area.

"It celebrates the community and intends to bring it together and bring light and festivity to the winter months," she said.

Artist Hartmut Veit's work is being displayed in a pop up gallery, exploring the relationship and politics between people, place and coal.

"One of the works is called The Gift and it's a neon work with coal. The neon word The interchanges with Das, and 'das gift' means 'poison' in German, so there are dual aspects of positive and negative," Hartmut said.

"I've been working with coal as a material for a year-and-a-half now - I like working with the agency of the material, and the darkness of the material works well against the neon light."

One night stand

Having his artworks on display for just one night is somewhat allegorical for Hartmut, and draws attention to the opportunities for local artists.

"Everything in the art world is very ephemeral, and having one night to offer artists to show their work is great but you're there and then you disappear," he said.

"It's difficult to have these opportunities on an ongoing basis for local emerging artists. It's also allegorical of our human existence as well, we feel self-important about things, but really how important is everything we do."

Interactive art

It's the second year the festival will incorporate projection art, and creative producer Dan Clancey mapped the Masonic Lodge on Hazelwood Road, Morwell.

"It's a beautiful 1927 building and we visually mapped it using our computer and mapping different sections of the building to colour in and turn into fire, or water," he said.

Inspired by the Sydney light festival Vivid, Dan and his creative partner Eloisa Tripodi wanted to create something interactive.

"It's not static like a movie - you're watching a projected image but you can control it as an audience by blowing kisses or bubbles and they appear on the building," he said.

"The scope we have on a blank canvas on a building is exciting from an artistic point of view.

"As a local artist it's important we keep our stories alive and share them with people we live and work with - it's an important part of this festival."