Melbourne Now is a large exhibition running all throughout the Ian Potter Centre, showcasing works from over 200 Melbourne artists. The space is divided up designating areas to different art forms each area lit accordingly defining each of the spaces, curated with the intention of giving platforms to local artists. Combining the audiences of each individual artist and the galleries' regular visitors, bringing attention to the local talent. The designated sections within the gallery had a rhythmic flow but as the area was so large it was hard to navigate to find certain things and as the exhibition collided with the rest of the gallery there was no signage to indicate so. The exhibition is advertised through large signs placed in and out of the gallery and around the city; free posters are also available. The exhibit has a large catalogue due to the substantial number of works, still only allowing for brief descriptions but featuring all the artists. The exhibition had a vast range of art practices making it stimulating and catering to all types of people. Taree Mackenzies ‘Pepper’s ghost effect, circles, 4 variations’ was my favourite from the exhibition she utilised coloured lighting and angled panes of glass to create moving images. Peppers Ghost Effect originating from its use in theatre, film and amusement parks creates layered optical effects. Mackenzie reveals apparatus used and visitors' movements influence the nature of the illusion. Optical illusion and interactive nature bring out a childish nature in viewers through shock and excitement. The circular set up adds to this as its reminiscent of a carousel ride. It takes a preexisting mechanism from a frivolous arena and refines it to be fine art making its place in a gallery whilst retaining the initial bewilderment. A narrative can be recognised as each set of frames were different to the last each set progressing to more complex illusions adding in 3d elements etc. The work however does mostly focus on the materials and as such the installations physical space takes up most of the secluded room and is the focal point. I felt very shocked when seeing the optical illusions, it made me curious of how it worked, like a magic trick. The work held my attention and encouraged me to investigate. The colours she chose were also visually captivating. A weakness of the layout was some people did not see the optical illusion as they were only looking head on. Installation work is an area of interest in my own practice especially her use of space and experimentation of audience interaction. I am also interested in her materiality, using lights and illusions to create shape and colour.