Tin Sheds Gallery
March 15th – May 31st
BAADLANDS & INTERSTICE
Baadlands: an Atlas of Experimental Cartography
María del C Lamadrid (UR) / Diego Bonetto (AU) / Centre for Urban Pedagogy (US) / Yurt Empire (AU) / Democracia (ESP) / Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann and Can Gülcü (AT) / Iconoclasistas (BR) / Clement Valla (US) / here studio (AU)
Opening Night: Thursday 1st August, 6–8pm
Both exhibitions run from August 2 – September 7
Gallery open Tuesday to Friday 11am–5pm
In strict geological terms, “badlands” refers to barren and eroded land, punctuated by dramatic peaks and hoodoos. In common speech the term has come to refer to areas one step removed from centralised rules and power, a place of danger and secrecy but sometimes also freedom. Every city has its “badlands”: places officially neglected and open to non-official uses and practices. Baadlands: an Atlas of Experimental Cartography brings together a series of projects that use mapping as a way of revealing, challenging or engaging with the politics of space in a globalized world. The exhibition focuses on a series of undeveloped, unused or semi-fictitious locations that appear as glitches or blank spots on conventional maps. Probing beyond this opaque exterior the exhibition invites viewers to consider new ways of seeing and thinking about the space we live in.
María del C Lamadrid (US) will explore how DIY aerial balloon mapping techniques developed by The Public Lab were used by women in Uganda to create a rival map to one Google Earth provided of their local market. This DIY map challenged their absence from the virtual geography of Google Earth and their imminent eviction from the site.
Urban naturalist and local personality Diego Bonetto is creating a weed map of Sydney’s smallest suburb, Chippendale with local software programmer Adrion O'Dogherty. To some plantain, dandelion, chickweed and sowthistle are a nuisance, to others they are a delicious salad and a seasonal treat! Diego Bonetto runs local weed tours that teach the wonders of wildcrafting, harvesting edible weeds and the culinary adventures that lie in the micro-wastelands of this micro-neighbourhood.
The Centre for Urban Pedagogy (US) worked with students in the College Now program at New Design High School, to investigate the extension of the rail network into the Hudson Yards Redevelopment area.
Yurt Empire is a group of 23 creatives engaged with exploring the site of Green Square. According to the City of Sydney the $8 billion Green Square development project will transform a former industrial zone into a 'vibrant and sustainable' urban environment, including the suburbs Beaconsfield, Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo. Yurt Empire is creating a series of “monster” maps that overlay competing visions of the future of the site.
La Cañada Real Galiana, Spain, is an old transhumance route that shelters more than 2,000 dwellings and nearly 40,000 inhabitants spread over 15 km of land. Art Collective Democracia (ESP) and architects Santiago Cirugeda and Todo Por la Praxis have worked with locals in the area to create a counter urban development proposal.
Cathedral Place is a car park, roughly 30 metres wide by 70 metres long adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, opposite Federation Square. here studio, Melbourne based architects, are working with unofficial users of the space, such as homeless people, to build a three dimensional model exploring alternative visions of its future.
Beograd Gazela – Travel Guide to a Slum takes us into a "blank" area in the middle of Europe – in a Roma slum in the centre of Belgrade. Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann, and Can Gülcü (AT) provide essential information about the social and economic structures of the slum through a faux Travel Guide.
Iconoclasistas are a mapping collective from Argentina. They carried out several intensive mapping workshops in Córdoba, Argentina. Their work helped forge a counter dialogue on current uses of the space. Iconoclasistas produce open sourse isotypes for use in discussing issues of gentrification and urban change.
Clement Valla (US) is a tourist of Google Earth. He has collected a series of fantastic landscapes that are thrown up by the interface between GIS technology and satellite photography. His series The Universal Texture is an impressive collection of technical fails where bridges droop below lakes, roads slump over mountains like sticky treacle and buildings lean into each other like an Escher print.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a seminar and catalogue. For more information contact Zanny Begg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Belqis Youssofzay and Michael Tawa will transform the gallery space into an interstice – an anteroom between the institution and the public realm – in which the overlooked and elusive conditions of the city are rendered in high relief, compelling engagement and reflection.
Central in this will be an emphasis on the image as consisting of ‘traces’ and ‘tractions,’ or of ‘trajectories’ and ‘resistances’ – characteristics that are critical to a kinesthetic understanding of the city and the necessarily political, cultural and communitarian function of the institution.
Michael Tawa is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. His two most recent books are Agencies of the Frame - Tectonic Strategies in Cinema and Architecture (2010) and Theorising the Project - A Thematic Approach to Architectural Design (2012). Belqis Youssofzay is a Sydney based visual artist and film-maker.
For more information contact Michael Tawa: email@example.com
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