The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is one of Fitzroy’s favourite annual events. For nine nights in the depths of winter, many of the stores, cafes, and restaurants on Gertrude Street lend their windows and façades to light up with a vibrant program of digital work from local artists. This year’s program features a diverse range of boundary-pushing new and established Melbourne creatives responding to the brief: Resist. Persist. Shift.
The Tutu Collective will use emojis and personal transcripts to explore communication in the digital age with Taco Eggplant Peach. Salote Tawele presents a video work created over a decade, repurposing lyrics from 1980s pop songs (Whitney Houston’s I Get So Emotional and Cheap Tricks’ The Flame) and reperforming the songs with the artist herself as archetypes from film and television in I Really Mean It. Meanwhile, writer Shannon May Powell and graphic artist Louis Grope use their respective mediums to have an interdisciplinary conversation, creating a whole new visual dialogue for their project Liminal Conversations.
This year the festival will expand its canvases from buildings to people, enlisting Melbourne crew Skate Odyssey to interact with the projection works as they zoom through the festival, drawing inspiration from the disruption caused by social movements and acts of civil disobedience.
Other highlights include opening night celebrations, guided walks and an epic closing party, curated and produced by the Fitzroy youth community.
Take an evening stroll down Gertrude Street later this month to see these dynamic works, and head over to the GSPF website to view the full program!
Gertrude Street Projection Festival
July 26th – August 3rd