Video projection and sound installation in the La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria.
SHEREE MARRIS, LISA GREENAWAY, JOHN POWERS
Have you ever wanted to come face to face with psychedelic slugs, underwater acrobats and animals that defy explanation?! Yes? Then come into the Seadragon’s Lair! Immerse yourself in an epic 360° underwater adventure set against the backdrop of the State Library’s majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room. See the dome’s ornate heritage architecture disappear beneath a wall of water to reveal the spectacular seascapes of Port Phillip Bay.
World-class animation, soundscapes and underwater cinematography collide to create a living canvas in Melbourne’s own marine metropolis. Visit gardens fashioned from sponges that explode in a kaleidoscope of colour and swaying canopies of kelp where elusive seadragons hide, chaotic walls of schooling fish, jewel-like but deadly nudibranchs, armies of giant spider crabs and other evolutionary marvels.
The experience of creating this work has been wonderful for me, where the soundscape and vision have been in full collaboration. It is rare to be able to play in a space like the La Trobe, perhaps just as rare to be able to work with artists in visual media and really have a sense of the eyes and ears working together. We are excited to take you all on this dive into the mysterious underwater worlds of Port Phillip Bay - worlds I never knew were there.