According to the studio topic Claim the city, the laneway project aim at creating a place for others to make their own use. For our group, the process to get to it is separated into 3 parts: know- renovate the appearance of the area, attract people to come in; experience- create interactive elements for people to participate, whose feedback can be reflected at the same time; claim- inspired by the current installation, people can occupy the space actively and give it new meaning.
For the former works during the studio, we are interested in indirect encounters and act-react. So we decided to use virtual technology (video, projector and blog) as well as physical installation (lighting) to change both the subject and object of the act-react into people themselves to create indirect encounters.
After breaking down a part of graffiti wall to free the space; installing a stage works as pass way to lead people in; building a roof to connect the laneway visually with main part of Melbourne Central, the project is physically divided into exterior and interior part. Virtual event Face Wall happens in exterior space while physical installation the Shadow Game takes place inside. When required, the whole space can be booked for special use such as concerts and runway or anything else.
My Illuminated World is an ongoing project which will gradually merge into the crowded, casual and modern atmosphere of Melbourne central. And it will be the first corner in Melbourne central where people can make full use of freely not only in daily life but also on internet.