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What's Your Cape

at Incinerator Gallery, as part of the Atrium Project.
What's Your Cape

at Incinerator Gallery, as part of the Atrium Project.
2014

What’s Your Cape? ran over seven weeks in the Incinerator Gallery, a heritage building designed by renown architect Walter Burley Griffin located in a prosperous suburb in Melbourne’s inner North West, Moonee Ponds.

Like many municipal galleries, the Incinerator offers a white cube museum-approach to exhibiting art, and the subscriber audience reflects a somewhat homogenous, older demographic actively seeking cultural endeavours. However in 2013, recently appointed gallery curator, Richard Ennis, introduced a new curatorial project in the gallery’s atrium, where invited guest artists could generate spatial and sculptural responses to the site’s architectural void.

What’s Your Cape? transformed the Atrium into a maker space for visitors to design and create costumes and character accessories. Throughout the exhibition cosplay and LARP enthusiasts were engaged to lead a series of activities and workshops for gallery visitors.

The exhibition drew on immersive strategies to facilitate unlikely creative exchanges and collaborations. It engaged a range of subcultural communities to share their creative practice in a gallery context and promote the use costume as a transformative experience. These photographs document the Yomenie Eldheren using the maker space for an Elven ear cuff Jewellery workshop.