Art Festival
11 — 27 Nov. 2022

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Between Us

Beams of light are shooting down from the night sky against a background of well lit buildings.
When 12 Nov | 9pm – 12am 26 Nov | 9pm – 12am
Who Michaela Gleave
Cost Free
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Artist Michaela Gleave invites audiences to engage in a poetic consideration of all that exists ‘between us’.

A collaborative love letter to western suburbs of Melbourne – and beyond – Between Us asked participants to come together to create a collaborative poem and then witness it being beamed out into the universe forever.

Executed as a large-scale light installation, messages submitted to the project are translated into the Morse code language of pulse and pause and projected up into the night sky over two evenings bookending the festival.

Between Us operated between 9pm and midnight on 12 and 16 November, bookending the Neighbourhood festival.  There were 180 messages projected into the sky during this period. The lights were viewable in the night sky up to 10km from the venues, and via live stream webcam accompanied by text translations.

The artist would like to thank all participants in the project.  A list of all the messages can be found here.



Lead artist: Michaela Gleave
Lighting designer: Bosco Shaw
Programmer: Warren Armstrong

Live stream by Harmonic Whale: Daniel Jauregui and Eyal Chipkiewicz

This project 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 New South Wales, 2020, supported by the City of Sydney and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

[Image: Photography by Dianna Panucchio, 2020]

Meet the Artists

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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.


Wheelchair accessible. Closed Captions on the live feed.

Events Partners

Presented by Footscray Community Arts and The Substation ‘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.