Gertrude Street Projection Festival announces 2019 programme

GSPF Taco Eggplant PeachBigger and more beautiful than ever with hovering spirits, human canvases and VR experiences, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF) has announced its 2019 programme.

Kicking things off on Friday 26 July from 6.00pm – a free, all ages Opening Night Party at Foresters Hall, featuring a krumping session with Melbourne’s Zero Sessions, a VJ performance by Pixel Angel and a light art installation by Rachel Jessie-Rae.

Throughout the 2019 festival, 22 streetscape projections will be switch on, showcasing a mixture of new and established digital artists. Boundary-pushing Melbourne creatives Atong Atem and Salote Tawele will present pieces alongside Sydney-based Papua New Guinean artist Taloi Havini, who will bring her acclaimed work Habitat to GSPF.

The long-evolving video installation draws on research from the archives, rituals and contested sites from Australia’s colonial legacies in Bougainville during Papua New Guinea’s independence period. This year alone Havini’s work has appeared in exhibitions in Vancouver, Sydney, the Honolulu Biennale, Paris, the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, ANU’s School of Art & Design Gallery, Warsaw and Norway.

A passionate advocate for projection art and winner of the Judges Choice Award at GSPF 2017, Melbourne artist Yandell Walton has collaborated with Signal to create Voice – a public artwork which empowers young people to speak up in solidarity against climate change.

A hovering spirit person, a collection of bones, tree branches and a shell – Sway by artist, muralist, community art facilitator and printmaker, Tom Civil, depicts a personal resonance about life, birth and death. The piece has been commissioned by the Australian Print Workshop.

In Women Who Buck, Shuttermain has collaborated with the Melbourne Zero Sessions to challenge the status quo of Krump, resisting conventions about femininity and disrupting social norms regarding the female body and how it can be used in dance, while Gertrude St Keepsakery by Susannah Langley & Warren Armstrong is a virtual reality Wunderkammer that visitors can walk through, touching objects and hearing their stories.

ArtLife’s Spun is the fairytale transformation from an imperfect reality to a dreamscape, inter-spliced with the unfounded, nightmarish fears of what could go wrong, and Tutu Collective’s Taco Eggplant Peach uses emoji texts sourced from online and personal transcripts to examine the idea of how communication is subverted.

The festival will not just be projected onto inanimate objects: in Disruption, Melbourne skate crew Skate Odyssey becomes the canvas – a disparate and transformative screen on wheels. Gliding past and interacting with the projections, Skate Odyssey draws inspiration from the disruption caused by social movements through lawful protests and acts of civil disobedience.

Other artists to light up the Festival’s 12th celebratory year include Jenna Erikson, Holly Cuthbertson, Linda Loh, Eric Hynynen, Sal Cooper,T-Dog eXtreme, Nina Maskiell & Mishka Beckmann, Proximity Collective, Matt Daly, Yusi Zang, Caroline McGrath, Chris Parkinson & Brody Xarhakos, Daniel Roberts and Jutta Pryor.

The GSPF will close in style with a jumping block party: Perspective on Saturday 3 August from 6.00pm – reverberating with the creative and communal pulse of Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, showcasing a culturally diverse range of talented young people.

The evening will feature five projections and five hours of performances including rappers Ror, AKB and Girl Zone, reggae band Jah Tung and the Natural Order, a fashion parade, dance crews and DJs.

The 2019 Gertrude Street Projection Festival runs 26 July – 3 August: 5.00pm – midnight. For more information and full programme, visit: for details.

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