18. 6. 10.00-11.30
New Zealand: A film about the radically altered city of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes, followed by a panel discussion. S. Twose, K. Simon.
Film: Resonant City: Elusive Paths
The potential of the New Zealand landscape to drama-tically rupture and shake is subtly infused into NZ architecture; our buildings and cities are actors in an ominous, potential performance.
A short film will explore the notion of a radically altered city, drawing on the transformations brought about by the Christchurch city earthquakes of 2011. It will explore transient conditions in the city in an evocative visual medium, enabling the viewer to encounter a shifting, performative architectural condition, where Landscape, Architecture and the Body are in a complex relationship. The intention is for seismicity to become a spatial material in its own right, with a fluid potentiality. This will be structured by a traverse through the city that reveals shifts in materiality; encountering concrete, dust and the adventitious plants that colonise abandoned sites.
This is not a vivid disaster movie, but an elegiac, abstracted meditation on occupation, inhabitation and the beauty of collective movement. Multiple material and vegetative conditions speak of underlying ground conditions; plants spring up where former water courses across the land were previously concealed by urban development, buildings tilt and fragment over liquefied, previously secure, earth; dramatic accelerations of the ground transform buildings to clouds of dust.
The film is a traverse through constellations of material from Christchurch city. Miniature pieces of landscape: stone, dust, liquefied sand – and architecture: concrete, steel and dust – float within the temporality of the visual narrative. These point to moments of change and resonance in a performance of architecture, landscape and humans.
Curator: Simon Twose
Designer of exhibition: Simon Twose, Katrina Simon
She is a designer and visual artist with a background in architecture, landscape architecture and fine art. She has research interests in techniques in cartography, their use in landscape design, urbanity and cemeteries.
He is an architect and academic based in Wellington, New Zealand. His interest is in design research and his recent work explores performances in the design process, particularly in a merging of drawing and building.
Simon Twose - Katrina Simon: Resonant City: Elusive Paths (film), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015