Futures Past

Ian de Gruchy

Futures Past
Site Number: 5
Site Location: Turning Point, 54 Gertrude Street
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Futures Past is the reworking of a previous projection piece created by the artist 30 years ago whilst living in New York. Titled I Destroy The Enemy, the work was a montage of image fragments photographed from the walls of New York, Amsterdam and the Berlin Wall inter-spliced with other graphic images. The original piece dealt with displacement, the destruction of the Lower East Side and the ever-present threat of nuclear war seen through street images of protest. The Futures Past iteration is prophetically apt given the weird parallels in which we currently find ourselves; a dystopian world context where the characters and issues have changed – yet there are disturbing similarities with the past.

This site is supported by Epson equipment: EB-L1505UNL

Listen to the soundscape ‘I Destroy The Enemy’ – Eric Gradman (1990):

Ian de Gruchy

Ian de Gruchy is a projection artist with more than 35 years experience creating and producing art installations, projection sets for performance and on a grander scale as public projections for events and festivals. Internationally he has created projects in New York, Venice, Amsterdam, Chicago and London. In Australia his projections have been seen as part of festivals for Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Ian was awarded an MA by RMIT University in 1996 for his project Projection as Medium. He taught communication courses in projection for 20 years that explored the art of light and spatial narrative for the Department of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.

Major public projections include – humpy projections for the Adelaide Festival 1988 – City Wall projection in Melbourne for Experimenta ’94 -Melbourne Town Hall Transformed to celebrate the new millennium 2000. Transformations for The Perth International Arts Festival in 2004. Night Beacon, ex-Urban Screens, Frankston in 2012 – Anzac Centenary projection, National Gallery of Victoria in 2015. Ian has been a regular contributor to the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.


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