White Night is back. The event that brings Melbourne and the art community together in a clap of colour, movement and thought-provoking art. Here’s a quick guide on what you need to feast your senses on at WN18
White night kicks off at 7pm on 17 February and runs right through until 7am the following day. Now in its sixth year, White Night has gained momentum each February with record numbers exceeding 600,000 in 2018. While key areas such as Federation Square, Swanston St, and Museum can get mighty busy, there’s still plenty to do and see if crowds aren’t your thing. All forms of public transport will run all night long but please remember to top up, tap on and tap off. Many restaurants and food outlets will remain open during the event but to be honest, there’s nothing quite like a 2am picnic in Carlton Gardens or down by the water at Birrarung Marr.
‘But how is that even possible?’ That’s what you’ll be asking when you lay your eyes on Patrick Shearn’s incredible ‘Liquid Sky’ exhibition high above Federation Square. Patrick is an artist and Creative Director at LA-based ‘Poetic Kinetics’, ‘bringing an adventurous & enthusiastic spirit, expansive experience with diverse technologies and materials, and a deep commitment to top-notch production value to each new endeavour’.
The Serpent Mother
If you are familiar with Burning Man festival in the desert of the US, then you can imagine how this performance art and installation will be. Over 50 metres in length, this kinetic lovable slithery gal is operated by over 40 artists and crowd participants are invited to take part in bringing her to life. Performance times vary through the entire festival.
Royal Exhibition Building Projection
3D projection mapping is becoming an increasingly jaw dropping installation across the country (Vivid Sydney) and this year at white night, you won’t be disappointed. The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton will light up thanks to a specialist team of projection artists from Hungary – be sure to get to Carlton Gardens at 8.30pm for this one. Check out the great whale migration projection too! What if? 'Outside the box' will throw down the art gauntlet are some of Melbourne’s most incredible artists and you need to come along and cheer them through ‘What if….’ Are you dreaming of a white Summer? Are you done with this summer heat? Little Bourke St will transform into a snowy winter wonderland for the entire evening – snow machines, projections and performing artists will have you begging for hot chocolate and a blanky. That’s a Good Boy! Come and play with mutts but leave your pooper bags at home! Artist Carla Brian has created an entire park of dogs out of neon mesh, frolicking, sniffing and howling all night long. Carla has been fascinated with light art for almost two decades so what better event to bring her work to life. Past and Present Past Legacy: Present Tense This moving exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre shows Contemporary Indigenous artists making intercultural works in organic and new media. These works memorialise and interrogate history, honour customary practices and forms of material culture, and reference systems of shared signs and symbols in innovative ways. In keeping with our long tradition of world-class creative arts and engineering training, Melbourne Polytechnic is proud to be appointed the first Education Partner for the iconic White Night Melbourne event for 2018. You can read more about our partnership here. Take a look here at White Night 2015 from Cameron Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L18GnFusPIk
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