New art projection turns Platypus Lane into ‘overgrown, vandalised dystopia’

New art projection turns Platypus Lane into ‘overgrown, vandalised dystopia’

END PASSAGE projection art
Words by Lucas Radbourne

END PASSAGE is the new projection art project by Yandell Walton as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

The latest exhibit to check out as part of Gertrude Street Projection Festival – available online in 2021 – is END PASSAGE, created by Centre for Projection Art creative advisor Walton. Walton is a Melbourne artist who works with projection, installation and digital media.

END PASSAGE is presented at the end of an “overgrown, vandalised and dystopian” setting in Platypus Lane, Melbourne and is a comment on the alley’s endangered and threatened namesake.

What you need to know

  • END PASSAGE is a new projection art exhibit in Platypus Lane
  • Its created by Yandell Walton and shows a dystopian climate-change future
  • It runs from 5:30pm to 12am every night until October 10 and can be seen online

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The location chosen for this site-specific installation is named after the iconic duck-billed egg-laying mammal that is listed as both endangered and threatened in different parts of Australia.

“As the climate crisis continues and global warming rises, we are drawing closer and closer to a tipping point of no return,” the Centre for Projection Art noted in its release.

“A countdown tells us something is coming, arousing tension and anxiousness. In End Passage, the digital countdown clock is literally alarming: it shows us the seconds, minutes and hours remaining until the year 2030—the earliest date predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when our planet could exceed 1.5ºC of global warming above pre-industrial levels.

“At 1.5ºC we will see more heatwaves, floods, droughts, up to 90% of coral reefs lost and other ecosystems destroyed.

“The projection reflects the imminent trajectory of humanity through the Anthropocene and towards the end of civilisation. The figures follow each other down the passage and toward an unclear endpoint.  While white light can be a metaphor for spirituality and the divine, this vague and foggy environment engulfs the shadowy figures suggesting a much darker scenario.”

END PASSAGE runs in Platypus Lane every night from 5.30pm to 12am, until October 10. It’s part of Flash Forward’s artistic aims to reinvigorate Melbourne.

See the exhibition here or check out more about Flash Forward