Melbourne CBD visitors, commuters, students and residents will enjoy a week of spectacular digital projections on one of the city’s major thoroughfares, created by RMIT next week.
One of the University’s 13-storey buildings, located at 402 Swanston Street, will be transformed into a vibrant kinetic canvas, as six animated artworks are projected onto it from 6.30pm until 11pm from Wednesday 19 August to Monday 24 August.
Commissioned as part of RMIT’s Urban Animators Living Laboratory public art program, the program uses RMIT’s own building footprint as a canvas to nurture and showcase emerging artists, and open the campus to the surrounding CBD.
Six student, staff and alumni artworks have been commissioned for the 20-minute loop, with the opening centrepiece by RMIT alumnus and artist, Freya Pitt entitled We Are Always Making.
“As a significant landholder in Melbourne’s CBD, occupying more than 400,000 square metres of city building space, students and staff at the City campus are well and truly a part of the streetscape,” RMIT’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Design and Social Context, Professor Paul Gough said.
“It’s so wonderful to see this program, which invites students, staff and alumni to engage with the city, offer an artistic response to its ever-changing environment and produce creative commissioned artwork as part of this ongoing project.”
The commissioned works also include five original art pieces that will adorn hoardings inside and outside the campus.
The Urban Animators Living Laboratory public art program is an outdoor public art exhibition open to the general public.
Curated by Master of Art in Public Space student, Grace Leone, who also teaches in the School of Architecture and Design, and supported by the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), the inaugural art event attracted concepts from more than 50 artists.
RMIT students and staff are invited to the opening celebrations on Tuesday 18 August, but must have their RMIT ID and register.