Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Created in 2004, “illuminart streets” was one of the first outdoor mobile projection projects in Australia. It provided a platform for visual artists to explore projection art and public space intervention as a new form of public art.
The project was among the processes leading to establishment of the arts company illuminart in 2007.
Illuminart Streets was just the name of the project, as it followed on from a previous projection art project, also called Illuminart, held in Marrickville NSW. Illuminart Streets invited local visual artists to explore the potential of projection art as a medium for their work, and therefore paintings, drawings, etchings, prints and animations by Marrickville artists came to be projected onto walls and surfaces in public spaces as a form of public space activation and intervention during 2004 and 2005, culminating with an event at Stone Villa in November 2005. The process combined invitation to local residents through letter box drops, and unannounced pop ups in public areas. The most popular sites were parks that were normally spooky after dark, which became spaces for informal picnicing and temporary friendly gatherings around the experimental light and music shows.
It was supported by a Marrickville NSW Small Arts Grant. Contributing artists included Jan Blake, Corrie Ancone, Gillian Gates, Tara Morelos, Lou Steer, Pierre Cavalan, Seraphina Martin, and many others; the project was produced/directed by Cindi Drennan with support of TRL.