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The Hultgren tribe, Zoe, Halo, Scarlett, and Space Cowboy with #thelasthuman hovering menacingly in the interactive installation. ‘Immersive Immersions’ – a fantastical dome by Monsieur Diop. The sculptural dome was set up at Dashboard Animal’s, Lightbox, pop-up space next to Ocean Shores Target.
If you’re old enough to remember drive-in theatre just imagine that without cars and a generous handful of Lysergic acid diethylamide, music, film and bucket loads of creativity. #onlyinoceanshores is their motto and you can help, ‘Keep the lights on in the Lightbox’, by donating to their Go Fundmepage.

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First we had silent movies that had live music played as the soundtrack. Then came the talkies! That’s right, the ones where the characters spoke. But now the genre is reinventing itself again in Ocean Shores, New Brighton, and South Golden Beach as live cinema.

Live cinema is a pop-up, outside event that has been driven by Arianna Bosi and Pete Castaldi from Dashboard Animals as part of the InSideOut Lightbox project. It combines film, digital art, dancers, performers, music, shadow play and more, and tells a story originally conceived by an artist.

#onlyinoceanshores Dashboard Animal’s, Lightbox, pop-up space was set up next to Target in Ocean Shores.

‘We were going to go in and pop-up in the last weekend of August and it was only supposed to be 10 events,’ Pete told The Echo.

‘But then it ran until 14 November. We just kept it going because the response was so positive.’

The shows, based in the carpark near Target, became a sell out success that culminated in Lightbox winning the Arts Northern Rivers ‘My Big Idea’ initiative.

‘Not only do we have that $5,000, we can now have a very serious relationship with Arts Northern Rivers. This will allow us to consolidate our relationship with government and develop relationships with philanthropic groups. We have been validated,’ said Pete.

Arianna Bosi the driving force behind the InSideOut Lightbox project in Ocean Shores. Photo Jeff Dawson

However, Pete is careful to point out that while he might be the ‘brawn’ behind the project, the real powerhouse, and ‘brains’, behind it is Arianna Bosi.

‘She developed the idea and has been researching it for two years. Between her brains and my brawn the passion is born,’ says Pete.

Although they are looking to develop more shows with artists, Pete highlights the fact that it is not just about putting up the artists current art practice.

‘The artists need to be brave enough to create something that is unique and very site specific,’ Pete explains.

‘We are looking for whoever comes through the door, absolutely anyone from everywhere can come in, but they will be exhibited in Ocean Shores, New Brighton, and South Golden Beach.’

They are also working with and developing strong relationships with the Byron Youth Service and local Indigenous artists and groups as they look to the future of InSideOut Lightbox.

‘We are working with Indigenous liaison and youth workers to create an environment that makes everyone comfortable,’ he said.

While they are prepared to take the work outside the region if someone wants to bring the events to their location, Pete points out that Ocean Shores is their community and ‘there is nothing better than waking up and walking two minutes to work,’ he says.

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