In 2020, due to COVID-19 and University restrictions, SASA Gallery was closed for much of the year. 

Matthew Bird: Parallaxis
Friday 28 February - Friday 3 April 2020

The human desire to understand our earthly position has held enduring fascination. Across time we have mapped, surveyed and measured as a way of knowing.

Parallaxis is a work that plays upon this notion, considering the potential for architectural processes and measurements to act as a foundation for structures of understanding.

In the two-channel moving image, we witness two bodies moving across landscape. They work with cylindrical instruments, appearing to gather data from the terrain, each revolution marking a paradoxical attempt to pin a position through perpetual movement.

Filmed in the surrounds of the small town of Warracknabeal, Victoria, 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.

A Samstag Museum of Art project by Melbourne-based artist and architect Matthew Bird in collaboration with University of South Australia Master of Architecture students, led by Senior Lecturer Rachel Hurst.

Students: Agastya Adhar, Courtney Bain, Hana Broughton, Nathan Buder, Hisham El-Jourdi, Yong Gan, Ryan Herbst, Blake Mcdougall, Milad Nahravani, Alyssa Nelson, Rebecca O’Brien, Billy Roumeliotis, Guilia Talotta, Shannon Wark.

During the Adelaide Festival (28 February – 15 March), the students’ workings are on display in the Parallaxis: Studio, Kaurna Building, Level 5.