Flora Non Evidens – Karen Richards
Described as a “ghostly installation” Karen Richards’ exhibition of embroidered rare and endangered Victorian plants and flora will be worth a drop by. The plants she has studies are embroidered onto backgrounds, with some of the larger pieces taking hundreds of stitches, are up to 3 meters tall, and can only be seen when hit directly by light from the viewer. In her display of Australian plants, she is trying to show that the less beautiful plants and the ones that don’t always catch our eyes should be celebrated too. Richards is passing on an environmental and pro fauna message in a subtle and beautiful way, and you can go check it out at the Workshop Space between 6 10pm.
Blood. Sex. Tears by Grand Caravan (16+)
[featured image] Blood. Sex. Tears is a sound installation for the open hearted . It is an intimate and beautiful experience with two parts – one conversational/confessional part and one listening part. If you have a story either about blood, sex or tears, you are welcome to go inside The Grand Caravan where you choose an envelope with instructions inside. You proceed to record your voice for 30 seconds with an old school tape recorder. The next part, The Listening, is created by sound artist Sharyn Brand resulting in ‘streams of stories, secrets, joys, and pains as three simple words interconnect and collide’, according to their web site. Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique experience happening on Little Malop Street at 6pm.
Stardust: The Col Brain Story
Joel Carnegie, an award winning presenter, reporter, producer, writer, professional storyteller, performer and musician, is performing in what is described as ‘a one man old school cabaret show with a live band’. Telling the story about his grandfather, Col Brain’s, locked wooden dresser that has been sitting in the family garage, never opened since his passing away. Joel discovered a time capsule of Australian musical history trying do uncover what his grandfather wanted us to know by the things left behind in the dresser. He will be performing 3 shows at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 9pm at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. And the ABC RN will be recording the show for broadcast.
M-M Gathering of the city: Geelong Connected Communities
At the midpoint of the 80km Mountain to Mouth Extreme Arts Walk dancers, from different groups across all of Geelong, will be emerging from the darkness at Steampacket Gardens after their walk from You Yangs. Canoe, the walkers, and flag bearers will be weaving and dancing their way through the central artwork to gather people of the city together. Choreographed by Gilbert Douglas, the performance is supposed to to celebrate Mountain to Mouth’s 2016 theme, so be ready to get your boogie on and enjoy the moment where multiple art forms meet. The eventwill be starting at 8.10pm on Friday 6 May.
THE DEMOCRATIC SET
Back to Back Theatre THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a residency model for creating short films and performances, to explore the belief that all people are, in principle, equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities. THE DEMOCRATIC SET uses a custom-made film set, a neutral room with two opposing doors. Disturbingly obvious and tantalisingly strange, THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a rapid series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits created in collaboration with communities. Having created 28 DEMOCRATIC SET films with communities all over the globe, join the internationally renowned Back to Back Theatre in the creation of THE DEMOCRATIC SET Geelong. Back to Back Theatre – 6-10pm.
Float: Projection (Matt Bonner)
Get ready to be mesmerised – because projection art is back at Geelong After Dark this year! Matt Bonner is the leading artist and he’ll be showcasing his work on City Hall in Gheringhap St. City Hall will be transformed into an organic living musical instrument (in an opening piece called Breathe) and will be then transformed into a dream like surreal landscape with a haunting soundscape (in a piece called Float at the closing of Geelong After Dark.
For the full program guide, visit the website.