Between Us

Between Us
12th & 26th November 2022, 9pm-12am
Event Information

Between us is a public art and community engagement project that considers ‘the space between’. Encompassing the micro and macro; personal and public; and the local and universal; the project engages audiences in a poetic consideration of the spaces that exist between the structures and systems that shape our lives.

Responding to the prompt ‘Between us…’ the audience will be asked to consider that which exists in a singular or plural interpretation of this phrase, addressing the intimacy and complexity of the space between ‘you and I’, or ‘us’. A dedicated webpage will collect the growing archive of responses, text accumulating and building over time to form the collaborated poem at the centre of the work.

This collaborative poem will then be translated into the Morse code language of pulses and pauses, to be beamed up into the sky as light signals over two nights at the beginning and end of the festival.

Operating between the sites of the Substation and Footscray Community Arts Centre, the light installation will comprise 24-30 individual beams of light, pulsing up into the night sky in unison in a powerful and evocative expression of community, neighbourhoods coming together to create the work and then witness it beam out into the universe.

Created by visual artist Michaela Gleave and lighting designer Fausto Brusamolino, the project is a love letter to the people of the city in which it’s presented – and beyond. It is conceived as a timely and poetic response to the strange reality of the present moment and encourages messages of love, hope, resilience, strength and compassion.

Date and Time
When: 12th & 26th November, 9pm – 12am
Venue: 12 Nov 2022, Footscray Community Arts and 26 Nov 2022, The Substation
Cost: Free

‘Between Us’ builds upon elements of the previous work ‘Messages of hope, messages of love’ created in collaboration with Fausto Brusamolino. ‘Messages of hope, messages of love’ was originally produced in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW, 2020, supported by the City of Sydney and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Date & Times

12th & 26th November 2022, 9pm-12am

Footscray Community Arts Riverside Lawn

Wheelchair accessible, Closed Captions on the live feed

Meet the Artists
  • Michaela Gleave
    Michaela Gleave

    Michaela Gleave is an Australian born artist based in Gadigal/Wangal country, Sydney, Australia. Gleave’s conceptual practice spans numerous mediums and platforms including digital and online works, installation, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Her projects question the nature of reality and our innate relationship to time, matter, and space.  

    Focusing particularly on the changing intersections between art, science, and society – Gleave’s work has been presented extensively across Australia as well as in Germany, Greece, The United Kingdom, Austria, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Iceland, the United States and Mexico.

    She has developed major performance and installation works for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Dark Mofo Festival, Hobart; Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth; Bristol Biennial, UK; TarraWarra Art Museum, Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney; and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne among others. 

    Gleave has been awarded residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Australia. In 2015 Gleave won the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. and was awarded a prestigious Creative Australia Fellowship in 2013. Permanent installations of her work have been commissioned by Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria; Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania; and The Rechabite, Western Australia.

    Gleave’s projects and exhibitions include TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, 2021; Messages of hope, messages of love, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2020; Vrystaat Arts Festival, South Africa, 2020; Coronal Mass, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, 2019; Time, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, 2018; The Score, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017; Bristol Biennial 2016: In Other Worlds, Bristol, UK, 2016; Aufstiege, KunstRegion Stuttgart, Germany, 2016; Trace: Performance and its Documents, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2014; A Day is Longer than a Year, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, 2013; Our Frozen Moment, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2012; We Are Made of Stardust, Art Futures, Hong Kong Art Fair, 2012; Octopus 11: The Matter of Air, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White), Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2010; and Primavera 09, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009.


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