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A/ HISTORICAL GROUND (BYO. TERRAIN)

MELBOURNE, 2022 (SELF INITIATED)

 

 

AS A PART OF | TERRAIN ODDITIES | – A COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE FABULATION IN BOTH REALIZABLE AND UNREALIZABLE PROJECTS AS RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION: WHAT OTHER POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BEINGS AND THE LAND THEY SIT WITHIN CAN EMERGE OR BE REVEALED BY THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND ITS EMBODIED EXPERIENCES? 

 

THE PROJECT IS A PROPOSITIONAL USER/ LAND RELATIONSHIP IN WHICH A NEW TYPOLOGY OF PUBLIC SPACE IS FORMED– ONE WHERE PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED AND ENCOURAGED TO ENGAGE WITH AND ALTER THE MATTERS OF THE GROUND FREELY.

 

THE FIRST ITERATION WAS CONDUCTED AND SUPPORTED BY THE CITY OF MELBOURNE’S PUBLIC ART PROGRAM [TEST SITE] IN COLLABORATION WITH [TESTING GROUNDS] AT THEIR HIGHLY-SOUGHT AFTER AND CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET PRECINCT LOCATION. THE SITE-SPECIFIC WORK ADDRESSES THE SIGNIFICANT LAYERS OF THE NEAR-PAST HISTORY THAT CURRENTLY VOID PHYSICAL VISIBILITY AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT— THE PAST LIVING AND DEAD FROM THE PRE-COLONIAL PERIOD TO THE FIRST MELBOURNE CEMETERY SEALED UNDER THE CONCRETE SURFACE OF THE EXISTING CAR PARK

THE BUILT OUTCOME OF THE TEST IS AN INSTALLATION THAT ‘BRINGS THE EXPERIENCE OF LYING WITHIN A COFFIN 6 FT UNDERGROUND TO THE SURFACE’-- USERS CAN POSITION THEMSELVES IN A RESEMBLING SPATIAL CONFIGURATION WHILE THE FOUND AND COLLECTED MATERIALS FROM THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT CONSTITUTING THE SURROUNDING LAND ARE EMBEDDED
 IN A STRATUM THAT IS OBSERVABLE AND OPEN FOR MANIPULATION THROUGH A CROSS-SECTIONAL PANEL.

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