Melbourne Now countdown – day 34

Want to join the conversation? There’s a number of ways Melburnians, visitors to Melbourne Now and others can interact with one another and input into a range of projects and programs that are part of this ambitious exhibition.

Twitter and Instagram are awash with tweets and images tagged with our official hash tag #MelbourneNow including a number of the participating artists posting ‘in progress’ photos of their works and their installation here at the NGV.

One of our media partners, the Herald Sun, is developing an online social media hub which will aggregate people’s updates posted with that hash tag, so you can keep up with the latest in one glance. The hub will be launching in the week leading up to the exhibition.

Contemporary artist Selina Ou has used photography to capture people in their routines, lives and workplaces as part of her ongoing practice. For Melbourne Now Selina has developed a project called #clickwithme which invites people to contribute their own images which will be compiled and presented on the NGV’s Melbourne Now microsite and in NGV International (St Kilda Rd) on video screens. The #clickwithme section of the microsite will display the current invitation to submit images of different aspects of your life and community in response to Selina’s ideas.

Also within the exhibition, The Telepathy Project, which is a collaboration between artists Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples, will provide postcards depicting their installation in Melbourne Now which is entitled Dreaming the Collection. Visitors to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are invited to take this free offering, and, after sleeping with it under their pillow, to record their dreams on the back and send it in to the NGV. The contributed dreams will form part of a reading and performance by the artists in the galleries at a special evening event.

The installation Zoom, developed by guest curator Ewan McEoin and presented in NGV International, will also invite the input of audiences. Zoom proposes that every citizen influences the future of the city, and that the city in turn influences everyone within it. Visitors are invited to participate and imagine the city they want to create together, with a series of questions capturing their thoughts and ideas. These feed into a large scale infographic representation by Greg More running as a large scale wall projection throughout the Melbourne Now exhibition, for all to see.

Zoom is supported by the Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.