The return of the Dance-O-Mat to the city!

16 December 2013

Gap Filler’s very popular Dance-O-Mat project is up and running back in the central city as of this week. The Dance-O-Mat shares the vacant site on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets with Julia Morrison’s artwork commissioned by CCC and realised as part of SCAPE 2013, Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers.
“The team and a crew of volunteers have worked really hard to get the floor back in time for Christmas. We've had people asking us for weeks when it's coming it, so we know people are keen to see it back! This is Gap Filler’s Christmas present to the city”, says Project Coordinator, Trent Hiles.
To use the Dance-O-Mat, bring any device with a headphone jack such as an Ipod, phone or Mp3 player and plug it into the converted ex-laundromat washing machine, insert $2 to activate the power and get dancing!
The Dance-O-Mat was first located on a vacant site in 2012 and has occupied three different gaps in the city since then. Dance-O-Mat is a coin operated dance floor that anyone can use.
Gap Filler created this project to respond to the lack of spaces for dance post-quake and bring people, life and energy back to the central city. Thousands of people have used the Dance-O-Mat, even Prince Charles and Camilla in November 2012 on their Royal Jubilee tour.  It has seen all sorts of dance moves in its time from hip hop to flamenco, swing, discos, aerobics and more.  
And just down the road, another project has launched in time for the holiday season.
Weave-o-rama by Hannah Hutchinson, a young local designer, is an oversized loom, made from recycled timber, tyres and bicycle inner tubes.  Through the act of weaving on a giant ‘loom’ people can experiment with found and recycled materials and help to create a shared artwork.  Weave-o-rama is located the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Street (formerly Mum’s 24 restaurant) and shared the site with Gap Filler’s recently installed Sound Garden project and a Greening the Rubble garden.
Hannah has been exploring the repurposing of waste materials using textile processes as part of her recently completed bachelor of Design and Textile (Honours) through Massey University.  Weave-o-rama explores how a 3D form (the frame) can create a sense of community as people interact with the installation and work together to create a tactile artwork (the warp).
“Weaving is a simple and easy skill to learn. I hope that Weave-o-rama will help to link people together and re-connect with the city in a new and creative way and at the same create a new fabric for and of our city… It will be exciting to see what people can create out of found and provided materials…”
Hannah invites you to bring along anything from bits of old fabric, zips, cabbage tree leaves, packing-case ties – anything - to weave through the bicycle inner tubes that make-up the loom.  For information about the official launch of this project in January and public workshops visit Gap Filler’s website or the Weave-o-rama Face Book page. 

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