Melbourne Now exhibition has been going on since November 2013 and as it draws to a close in the coming weeks the NGV is celebrating with extended Friday night hours and also featuring local Melbourne bands in the Great Hall. Tonight Belinda joined me to catch Big Scary, who have had quite the week after being awarded the 2013 Australian Music Prize (AMP) for their fantastic album Not Art.
Tom and Jo were accompanied by two other musicians throughout their set, which really filled out the sound and acoustics of the space. They mainly played songs from Not Art, including my favorites "Twin Rivers," "Luck Now" (see video below) and "Invest." We also got "Gladiator" and "Falling Away" from their first album Vacation. In addition there were some great projections running on the screens in the Hall during their set, with the one of a tree falling in reverse even distracting Tom mid-song. Overall it was a great set and good to have such a huge turn out to see them play.
Belinda and I also checked out parts of the Melbourne Now exhibition, which "celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and
cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of
Melbourne." This contemporary art exhibition contains over 175 individual and group presentations in a wide variety of media across multiple sites in the city. Of the pieces we saw I liked Patrick Pound's Gallery of Air, Peter Kennedy's neon light work, Jon Campbell's Dunno (T.towels), Marco Fusinato's Aetheric Plexus (Broken X), the data visualization of ZOOM by Greg More and Darren Sylvester's ever changing illuminated dance floor which kept us amused for quite a bit as we tried to take photos. Melbourne Now closes on 23 March so get down to the sites to check it out if you are interested.