Sarcophagus, Venice Italy

Installation/ sculpture/ performance, 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Palazzo Mora (Venice, Italy)

Sarcophagus invites audiences to experience an immersive environment of simulated sleep-states. This multidimensional architectural installation renders creative curiosities of biological and induced respite, challenging a range of aesthetic, cultural and behavioural concerns. Users are invited to physically occupy the installation offering an unusual interactive experience. The environment is dynamic with the interior transforming with the aid of a multichannel film, filling the intimate chamber with abstract cinematic and meditative sound and imagery.

Installation realised by architect Matthew Bird (Studiobird). Film produced in Blairgowrie, Australia with Lillian Steiner (performance artist), James Wright (cinematographer) and JD Franzke (composer). Project supported by Monash University and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Photography Peter Bennetts

Sarcophagus Film

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