Last Drinks: Martin Place Sydney

Last Drinks was a multi-site video and sound installation project supported as a major commission for the 11th annual Art & About Festival.

Project Details

Between 21 September until 21 October 2012 a series of five night-time video projections re-inscribed the now mostly forgotten history of the precinct back onto the buildings and laneways of the present day. Commissioned for Art&About Sydney, City of Sydney 2012.


Dr. Sarah Barns: Project Lead, Research and Engagement Michael Killalea: Creative Director Gabe Dowrick: Video editing Leif Wilson: AV Installation

Integrated into the installations were live soundscapes featuring actuality recordings of this precinct from as early as the 1920s sourced from the National Film and Sound Archive and the ABC. Through an intensive community engagement program we working with Sydney-siders who had special stories, memories, photographs or memorabilia to share. A mobile site created for the project enabled people to explore the installations in the palm of their hands, listening to soundscapes, audio interviews, and read up on the history of this luminous Sydney precinct.

Find out more here or visit the archived version of The Last Drinks Project website hosted on the very incredible Way Back Machine.

AR Plinth delivered by Esem Projects for City of Sydney Art&About 2012

Rowe St projection video featured in Last Drinks, 2012


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