Exploring City Evolutions

Be enlightened by the true-life stories behind these amazing projections

The Show People’s Inn
The Beach Hotel was a circus masquerading as a pub. Under the pub’s impresario, owner Arthur Greenhalgh, tattooed ladies and snake charmers tended the bar and running dwarves and Irish Giants bounced the door. To celebrate Watt Street’s history as a gathering place for performers, that carnival of characters now lives again as projections on the wall of the Lock-Up. Cnr King & Watt Sts.

Fire & Water
Peeling back the layers of time through archival film recordings and photography, these two site-specific light meditations reflect on the elements that shape Newcastle. Water washes Watt Street in a bright tide of technicolour imagery, television footage and rare newsreel clips. Fire re-forges Newcastle as industrial melting pot (the city’s first coal mine was at the top of Watt Street, the first wharf at the bottom, the first store halfway). Westpac Building, Hunter & Watt St Facade.

Lanescape
Laneway culture is booming in Newcastle. Using live video sourced from cameras hidden nearby, Chris Tucker’s installation celebrates this renewal, asking you to populate the laneway to fill ‘urban voids’ and reclaim ‘residual spaces’ in the CBD. 2 5 & 27 Watt St Laneway.

Major Morisset
Commander of the Newcastle settlement from 1818, the Major was a disciplinarian. He always carried a cat-o-nine-tails whip and used the rack as a tool of punishment. He invoked fear and loathing in the convicts he sought to “rehabilitate”. Revived as a projecion, what effect does he have on you? 29-31 Watt St Laneway.


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First published on 29 Aug 2013. Updated on 10 Mar 2014.

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