detail of mirror
organised by unwahr bureau, berlin
curated by marcel hager
Aerial View is project made specifically for the bungalow in Berlin's' Tier
Garten, a large park in the centre of Berlin. The installation is a speculative
exploration of two apparently different, but monumental buildings. One is Charlottenburg
Palace, Berlin, an opulent palace the specific roles of monument and witness
of history being no doubt part of the original brief. The other is Ewarts Mill,
a utilitarian monument to industry that was once an integral part of Belfasts'
Both places are treated in a speculative manner in that I had not seen Charlottenburg
at the time of making this work, and that Ewarts Mill was demolished in December
1997 to make way for a shopping development. This resulted in the work being
made via a form of speculation and a type of memory.
Both sets of plans used are basement plans describing parts of ' public' buildings
not normally seen by the public, however both sets are illustrative of the
nature of the buildings involved. These plans are denoted by plaster casts
of utilitarian objects (drains etc.) laid out on beds of grass.
The accompanying videos documentary in nature, consisting of clips of my making
the moulds and maintaining plants in the studio,( analogous with maintaining
an organic element to the work). These images are intercepted with stills of
industrial landscape which includes the Ewarts Mill site, taken out my studio
windows. The work aims to create a series of vistas that are conducive to opening
up debate on the functions and roles of buildings in a social context.