Underbelly Festival; Public Arts Lab

July 2008

Produced by Rinse Out Productions, it has to be made clear that this event is in no way associated with the Channel 9 TV series of the same name… Back for a second year with 40 projects, over 250 artists, 60 volunteers, 30 crew, pot plants & astro turf, dreadlocks, latex body parts, a heritage bus, nearly 50 projectors and an elephant in a room… Underbelly Public Arts Lab and Festival 08 ran on a lotta love and a shoestring. Held for the second year at Carriageworks, Underbelly breathed life into the building, attracted the weird and the wonderful and showcased damn fine art. Tortuga was involved producing Mekanarky: a retrospective an archived show that featured footage of the wonder years at the Streets Ice Cream Factory, as well as art, sculpture and performance.

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