The vast, isolated and decayed site provides an ideal host for a new proposition.
A Blurred Transaction
How can we seek to understand what we can’t see? ‘A Blurred Transaction’ proposes an Exhibition Space, Artist Residency & Experimental Laboratory within the context of an abandoned shed structure adjacent to the Yarra River in Port Melbourne. This project reveals the spatial possibilities of infectious disease across a multitude of transmutable scales from the microscopic to the global.
Contrasting against the traditional idea of a museum being a place to ‘preserve,’ this proposal offers the opportunity for space and audience to participate actively in a transformative environment through the hybridisation of spaces, people, knowledge, art and context. As a result, not only does it infect the design intent but it places an emphasis on both the audience and artists physical presence within the space. Spatial qualities manifest ideas of transparency, quarantine, sanitation and transformation - with the ultimate goal of involving and demonstrating to the public the transmissive and experimental nature of infection as a design agency.
Natalie Iannello has been awarded the "Studio Batch Prize for Outstanding Final Project" in Interior Architecture at the 2013 MADA Now exhibition.
Upon entering, users are immersed in a transformative environment, taking place above and beneath the preserved existing shed.
Consumed by fog and immersed beneath the Yarra River, the Sanitation Chamber presents users with a space to ‘cleanse the mind.’
Laboratories designed to protect and contain but also intended to present users with an uncertainty as to what’s on the other side through the notion of transparency.
Whilst moving around the laboratories, the visitor becomes almost quarantined from the artist, however are still able to see them through the transparent walls, ultimately becoming an artwork within themselves.
This semi- exposed performance area protrudes out onto the existing site revealing the sheds decayed and fragile nature.