UPDATE JULY 1: WHEN we thought the Splendour Art announcement could not be more bizarre, along comes Hungry Castle with a mind-bogging video clip promoting their latest creation: Mr Poopie.
Mr Poopie is one of the main Splendour Art pieces announced for this year: a giant sculpture of the poop/ice cream emoji.
To make things ever weirder, the sculpture will dispense soft serves to festival punters.
Even Splendour organisers acknowledged the video is slightly strange.
"Say hello to Mr Poopie! This will all make (some) sense at #SITG2016 via Hungry Castle!" they posted last night on their Facebook page, along with the video.
See the video here:
Based in Barcelona, Hungry Castle makes public as the collaborative of Dave Glass and Kill Cooper. They create creates large-scale works inspired by internet pop culture. "We sell concepts and cool to corporate sponsors, creative agencies, music festivals and to you," their Facebook page says.
The duo brought the Lionel Ritchie inflatable head to Splendour 2015.
ORIGINAL STORY: MR POOPIE will be a popular feature of this year's Splendour in the Grass.
He is not a musician or a supermodel, but a piece of art that resembles the most famous and controversial emoji.
Everybody poops and everybody likes ice cream. Coincidence? Mr Poopie thinks not.
Revellers will be able to indulge in the delicious substance excreting from the ice cream dispensers. Dine-in or take-away, either way you wont forget Mr Poopie.
Last year we learned that the king of emojis, the poop emoji, is actually an image of chocolate ice cream.
Mind = blown. Right?
The sculpture/ice cream dispenser will be a fitting homage to such a 21st Century philosophical conundrum.
Other Splendour arts projects announced today are:
- Arch Tunnel Response by Ash Keating:
Arch Tunnel Response is a site-responsive painting by Melbourne artist Ash Keating, commissioned especially for the entrance tunnel to the Splendour in the Grass site.
Keating used a palette of white, yellows, oranges and magenta to create long, continuous and gestural streams of colour.
- Rendered by Shaun Gladwell:
The Video Art Space is a new addition to the Splendour Arts program that will feature a different artist each year.
Known for his investigation into contemporary forms of human movement, spatial experience and transformation, Shaun Gladwell has explored these themes through video and photographic recordings, both of himself and other extreme sport athletes.
He uses activities such as skateboarding, parkour, BMX bicycle riding, graffiti, urban exploring or 'buildering', as well as completely invented actions, as a means to rethink the function of objects and environments. Gladwell will exhibit four video pieces at Splendour 2016.
- Upper Downs by Bennet Miller:
Splendour has seen the evolution of Barnraiser, Rumspringer and Anabaptister, and 2016 brings the fouth instalment of this unique community: Upper Downs.
In Upper Downs you can once again find yourself mingling amongst the mysterious community residing within the walls of The Barn.
Some of the inhabitants will lose their way and abandon their values in favour of gambling and liquor.
The struggle will be real when temptation is waved right in front of their eyes with this year's instalment of an Amish casino including spinning wheels, a roulette table and a range of card games.
- Program 2 by Sam Songailo:
This Melbourne based painter and installation artist approaches each artwork as an experiment.
Using Splendour attendees as his 'test subjects' he releases them into his artwork and watches as their reactions unfold. Program 2 explores the limits of perception and the phenomenology of consciousness.
Keep your eyes peeled for Songailo's creation that will be scattering smoke and throwing light in all directions.
It reminds us of last year's fantastic and playful maze:
- Un Intelligent Design by Andy Forbes:
The Tent of Miracles guarantees to have the audience in stitches with their infamous Splendour wedding show. Grab your three-night stand and pre-book a festival wedding so that the love lasts forever.
Forbes's iconic inflatable church, inspired by freaky side shows and circus art, will also be home to a potent mix of live theatre, dance comedy and rock n roll.
Splendour in the Craft
Expect a pom-tastic array of workshops from some of Australia's premiere craft masters - we're looking at you Beci Orpin, Meet Make Create, Each to Own, Apomogy, The Craft Parlour, Art Park and Craft Mafia.
Roll up to Splendour in the Craft across the weekend and you can get down and dirty with a bunch of awesome workshops including:
- Paper Chandeliers with Beci Orpin
- Charms for the Charming Bracelets by Each To Own
- Lantern Making with Amac
- Smash those Bad Dreams: Dream Catchers with Regular Wildcat & Meet Make Create
- Apomogy with Rachel Burke
- Fake It 'Til You Make It (yourself) with Fancy Free (Rachel Burke and Patience Hodgson)
- Totes, Totes with Art Park
Punters can also pom pom the day away in our outdoor garden or pick up a red skin cookie and coffee from our very own café, SouthSide Tea Room, which is run by Aussie indie band The Grates.
Splendour in the Grass will be held at North Byron Parklands in July 22 to 24.