collaborative exhibition short-listing - expanding rchitecture
House of Origin recently collaborated on an art/architecture project for Sydney's The Rocks area.
While our project was short-listed, it wasn't able to be realised due to weight concerns in the heritage exhibition space.
Here is a selection of images and accompanying text, outlining our proposal.
The Cut/The Void/Intersection/Inside
The Argyle Cut is one of The Rocks’ most dramatic examples of how the natural environment has been fundamentally altered and reconfigured since colonization of the area began. Undertaken over 16 years and powered by convict and then council labour, “The Cut” demonstrates constructed form asserting itself over natural forms. The artist Connie Anthes and architect/maker Zander Ricketson propose to collaborate on a residency project that reverses this process.
Beneath the foundations of the residency site at Cumberland Street, there is an exposed T-shaped fracture in the sandstone bedrock that the artist/architect team propose to make a sectioned cast of in latex or a more appropriate lightweight material. This natural “Cut” or void will then be removed and reinstalled in the residency site; a natural form reasserting itself over the built environment.
Heritage constraints permitting, the artist/architect would like to install the formed works scattered around the room, fully occupying the interior and filling the space. This would force the viewer to navigate through the works, allowing for an immersive, experiential view of the various cast forms. These forms would also pick up the localised trace details of the external space, including lichen, moss and earth, which we would seek to highlight on the sculptured forms.
Both artist and architect have experience in producing cast works for public presentation, and the residency period would be utilised to research more about the history of the site and The Cut, test new cast techniques and develop an engineering solution for suspending or otherwise installing the finished work.
See here for more info on Connie Anthes