Be sure to catch the illuminating work of Victoria University’s Skunk Control when the Gertrude St Projection Festival opens in Fitzroy this weekend.
Skunk Control won the People’s Choice award last year and will no doubt delight audiences once more with their 2015 exhibit, Secluded Evolution.
Founder Nick Athanasiou from VU’s College of Engineering and Science says the work plays with the nature and power of light.
“Through this work, Secluded Evolution, we are looking at light’s influence in the transformation of a species secluded in darkness and hidden out of sight. Light has found a way into this dark world, into its code and its structure,” he said.
“Light can be twisted, tempered and tangled. It can navigate our way home yet blind our path there. It can be an observer of things to come and a participant in things to become.”
Skunk Control’s star is on the rise. The team of VU engineers and their students based at the Footscray Park campus have a passion for art and science. They have been a popular choice for Melbourne festivals since forming in 2012, and will take their work to New Zealand and Portugal this year.
They won the People’s Choice award at last year’s Gertrude St Festival for their work Pestilent Protrusions, so will be a favourite among this year’s crowds.
The festival is free and lights up Gertrude Street’s buildings, laneways, footpaths and tree trunks from 6pm to midnight each night from July 10-19.