Parallaxis, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide Australia
Adelaide//International, Adelaide Festival_ 28th Feb to 3rd April, 2020
In a new moving-image work by Melbourne-based artist and architect Matthew Bird, two bodies move across the land, working with large cylindrical instruments. We witness them map and survey a terrain analogous to universal physical and psychological locations, each revolution marking a paradoxical attempt to pin an earthly position through perpetual movement. Playing on the human need to understand our relationship to the people and places around us, Parallaxis considers the potential for architectural processes and measurements to act as a foundation for structures of understanding.
Filmed in the surrounds of the small Victorian town of Warracknabeal, on the wheatbelt between Adelaide and Melbourne, Parallaxis draws on the architecture and landscape of the northern Wimmera and southern Mallee as a means by which to explore the ways we navigate, hold and alter space.
Performers: Lilian Steiner and Ashleigh McLellan
Cinematography: James Wright with Eugene Perepletchikov
Music & Sound: Daniel Jenatsch
Costuming: Geoffrey Watson and Charity Edwards (visors)
Text: Joanna Kitto (Curator, Samstag) / Film Stills: James Wright (NonStudio)
In conjunction with University of South Australia Master of Architecture students, led by Senior Lecturer Rachel Hurst.