White Night Melbourne 2017 at State Library Victoria

18 February 2017, 7:00pm19 February 2017, 7:00am
Bookings not required
LocationThroughout the Library

White Night, Melbourne’s all-night arts party is on again and the State Library will be lighting up, inside and out. Enjoy enchanting, fantastical projections across the Library façade then head inside to immerse yourself in Seadragon’s lair, an epic 360° underwater adventure set against the backdrop of the State Library’s majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room.

Friends of the Library exclusive: Friends of the Library can beat the long queue between 10pm and 12am. 

Seadragon's lair

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 nudibranch, armies of giant spider crabs and other evolutionary marvels.

Watch Seadragon's lair live in your loungeroom

We'll be filming Seadragon's lair and broadcasting it in real time during White Night! Visit our livestream page during White Night and take a deep dive into a magical underwater dreamworld without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Seadragon’s lair artists

Sheree Marris – Project curator

Sheree Marris is an acquatic scientist who is passionate about educating the community on environmental issues like water preservation, marine life and recycling (when she isn’t scuba diving and blowing bubbles). She was the 2002 Young Australian of the Year – Environment, and is an award-winning author and documentary-maker. Her latest book is the illustrated publication Melbourne Down Under.

Lisa Greenaway – Sound designer

Lisa Greenaway is a producer, sound artist, storyteller, DJ and broadcaster. She has produced sound works and engineered audio for radio, theatre and installation; recent work includes IDEATION for White Night Melbourne 2016 (with Nick Azidis, Bentley Dean and Adem Jaffers). Lisa also works as DJ LAPKAT mixing multilingual spoken word and poetry with soundscape and global electronic/'folktronic' music, and presents a monthly podcast 'La Danza Poetica' for Groovalizacion Radio and Chimeres Greece.

John Power – Digital FX

John Power’s practice includes painting, directing, generative video art, digital effects, film making and performance as a VJ. Currently a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT, he is investigating the ambient effects of digital screens in public space. John freelances commercially as a director and designer of FX and screen spectacle in public space and also lectures at RMIT University.

The Night Garden

Discover the enchanting Night Garden, a spellbinding space of repose and magic that will transform the Library's outside walls. Marvel as fountains, labyrinths, vines and arches grow up over the Library's façade, be lulled by sounds of wind and water, birdsong and music! Let yourself be transported from the streets of Melbourne for an extended moment, to dream freely. 

The Night Garden artists

Nick Azidis – Creative director

Nick Azidis is a new media artist and projection illusionist specialising in largescale digital and analog projections. He is the creative and managing director or PROJECTIONTEKNIK and has delivered projections for programs including Melbourne International Music Week, Melbourne Biennale, the Australian Open, the ANZAC centenary and previous Melbourne White Nights.

Lisa Greenaway – Sound designer

See Lisa Greenaway's bio above. 

Rose Staff – Visual effects

Rose Staff, also known as Radiance, is a new media visual artist, VJ and graphic designer. Using experimental hybrids of traditional and digital art forms, Rose works with moving image and live video performance to explore the ways that contemporary phenomena influence our perceptions of the modern world.

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