Bunker will speculatively investigate ideas of symbolic and liminal space through design-lead research of embassy, performative, filmic and underground spaces. Students will examine curious liminal and paradoxical sites of exception from embassy architecture in Brasilia (Brazil), international space launch pads, underground and fortified spaces to filmic space including Logan’s Run, THX1138 and Holy Mountain... & The Thunderbirds House (Phillip’s fav from the original TV series)
Students will strengthen their verbal, 2d and 3d representational skills whilst developing new experimental and experiential communication skills through filmic, small and body scale installations... Final artefacts and enactments of the studio will be presented as at various scales, across various sites, utilizing various medias with emphasis upon the relationship(s) of body, space and time.
Studio Tutor: Matthew Bird Studio Guest (casual): choreographer & artist Phillip Adams
Located in isolation on the precipice of Point Nepean’s weather-beaten coast, Battery Post emits a notion of the unknown. Due to its location surrounded by salt water and salty winds, I envisioned Battery Post to be the entrance to a salt mine, carved out by machinery, now deserted. I transformed the void beneath Battery Post into a communal bathhouse, relying on the vast remnants of salt within the mine to operate as a therapeutic sanctum. Small steps are constructed at the bottom of the cave for occupants of the bathhouse to sit back and relax upon; other than this, the form of the cave has not been altered in anyway prior to the opening of the bathhouse.
The question that I have been speculating is, in a 2014 or future dystopian context, what energy sources apart from coal, oil and natural gas would we use to generate electricity if we somehow exhausted all our natural resources? This speculation has lead me on a 14 week journey within this studio to take that context to the heart of Brasilia, in the air with the 747, and to the historical Fort Nepean. And combined with the studios ‘anything-goes-attitude’, I looked at the concept of utilizing the energy from the people who would be solely responsible for the resource depleted world in the first place, and that’s humans.