East End Echoes

East End Echoes is an ambitious storytelling and creative heritage project by illuminart – a team of artist-animators and creative collaborators – commissioned for the inaugural Illuminate Adelaide festival.

Program details are provided here: https://www.illuminateadelaide.com/events/east-end-echoes

Come to the Rundle Street precinct with your mobile device and headphones, ready for a journey with illuminart.

Check back on this page from the beginning of July, to download the soundtrack or alternatively you can hear and view it streamed to your device.

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The projections and light storytelling will illuminate 12 landmarks along the Rundle Street and adjacent laneways, each capturing aspects the interwoven histories of people who have lived and journeyed in the East End.

The project is designed to be experienced, listening to an audiovisual track created by illuminart, where you will meet many of the people who have inspired the projections that playfully transform the buildings.  Uncovering the clues to kaleidoscopic arrays of vegetables, deconstructed daubist art, and firecracker fashions, takes place as you stroll along the street listening to the voices, sound and music.

One of the spectacular sites is the East End Market gateway located on the Union Street entranceway to Ebenezer lane. Many decades ago it was the site of hustle and bustle, as market gardeners trucked in their boxes of produce grown in Virginia greenhouses and further beyond, selling to the people of Adelaide well before dawn broke, which gave Rundle Street a 24 hour life cycle of market growers, businesses, community and the cultivation of creativity at all hours.

While a stunning artists-eye-view of the East End Market and its neighbours unfolds through the projection onto the Gateway, the soundscape offers a deeper emotional interaction. The calling voices of the past will share with listeners, a sense of pride, opportunity, tragedy, loss, romance, grief, and the complex feelings about change that happens around us in the urban landscape, and an understanding of whose footsteps have echoed in this gateway.

The creative team at illuminart have interviewed widely to capture the stories and develop the soundscapes and projection installations. Recordings of community members, business owners, former residents and creative people have been interwoven with performed voice and soundscape elements, into a 45 minute walking track. The 12 sites can be viewed in any order and don’t require you to listen or watch all in one setting, just BYO your headphones and mobile device to listen and explore.

Listening to the unfolding stories of people who have lived and created in years gone by, while you stroll past an array of historic material and surreal memories, will bring a deeper dimension – the past among the present – to all the sites along the East End Echoes trail.