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.