Melbourne’s creative landscape would be a lot less fruitful if it wasn’t for RMIT’s alumni. The NGV’s Melbourne Now, for example, had 120 artists who were either alumni or current and former staff of the university.
For most of the year there’s only a handful of chances to witness the work of RMIT’s creative community on a massive scale – but this week is different.
RMIT’s Building 10 is a 13-storey canvas for six students, staff and alumni. Their projection works will grace Swanston Street, and will include a centrepiece from alumnus Freya Pitt.
“Her piece looks at the idea of RMIT as the ‘nurturer’. Freya’s presenting this as yet another opportunity for people to develop ideas – but of course she’s doing this in a mystical kind of way,” says Grace Leone, curator of the projections.
If Pitt sounds familiar, that’s probably because you stepped inside her work for White Night earlier this year.
These works will form part of RMIT’s Urban Animators: Living Laboratory public-art program. It’s just the beginning of one of the biggest transformations in the university’s 128-year history. It’s currently preparing for the New Academic Street, renewing four buildings across Swanston Street’s eastern side.
So while the projections will be featured over the next few days, another five static works will be hoisted onto construction hoardings later this year.
When construction finishes in 2017, RMIT will have commissioned 50 works over two-and-a-half years, spending $1500 on each artwork. Submissions are open to all staff, students, and alumni.
In the meantime, go out and see RMIT’s next crop while you still can.
Urban Animators: Living Laboratory runs until Monday 24 August, at RMIT Building 10, 402 Swanston Street, Melbourne.