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February 28 - 03 April 2020

Matthew Bird: Parallaxis

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.

This work features movement by Lilian Steiner and Ashleigh McClellan with cinematography by James Wright. This project has been developed in collaboration with staff and students from UniSA’s Architecture programs in response to the 2020 Adelaide//International and is presented by Samstag at UniSA’s SASA for the Adelaide Festival.

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Matthew Bird, Parallaxis, 2020, multichannel moving image, photography by James Wright.



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