Constructed Realities is an exercise in geography, writing the landscape in a way that draws on the visual and literary poesis of this country’s imaginary about the land. It seems to pose many questions about what shapes our sense of belonging and place. It asks, at whose expense do we feel at home?
Linda Carolli - Local Art
performance + installation about myth | place | nation | landscape
"Australia, the arid
continent, whose vast inland lake wet once in a generation, is a
suburb surrounding a desert - the working man's paradise, sneer English
intellectuals, descendants of those who sought to export the dark
side of their enlightenment to the other side of the world, where
satisfactorily even the swans are black.
Australia sunburned, I look at it as I looked at the arms of my mother and now at my own, recognising in each dark stain a beach party, a walk in the bush, an eight-hour car journey to a holiday on a farm.
What in this context is architecture? When we build country houses for the rich in the pockets of unspoiled landscape that remains, we talk of touching the ground lightly, and capture the imagination of a world that does not read the sad story of this land."
Lyons "City of Fictions" - Australia. Venice Architecture Biennale 2000
Where are we? What is left? How are we constructing ourselves in a place that is purely construct?
Although Australians are creating their sense of self continually as we re-shape our cities are re-write our histories, the questions for each of us are not only what but: where is: our place, our culture, our languages, our utopias?
Architecture is all around us - not only in the buildings and urbanisation that we can see and touch. Architecture is about construction. It is about how we form realities. How we construct our place. How we understand ourselves and how we disentangle our selves from mythology and language.
This country is in crisis. This new Australia we live in is at a rare place as the relationship we have to our cities and our landscapes is tenuous.
Other cultures have and established ties between the constructed architecture of cities and the natural architecture of the landscape.
Australian urbanisation has been created in a time when engineering and science allowed our dreams to be realities before we were even sure of them.
Australia has exploded in the last 200 years and it is time to start looking at the debris that is of our making.
"my soul is a strange country" - Randolph
collaborating writer - gordon white
premiered in 2002
and toured to
supported in partnership with the Brisbane
Powerhouse and the Canberra Theatre Centre