Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Dying in Spite of the Miraculous

Melbourne International Arts Festival & Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Emily Cormack, Alexie Glass-Kantor and Simon Maidment

Dying in Spite of the Miraculous combines “…the intrigue of real life events and myths born from trauma and psy­chosis with rit­ual and magic, this exhi­bi­tion presents a rest­less fusion of the celes­tial and the real.” Curators.

Working closely with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Emily Cormack and Simon Maidement we designed the ground floor gallery spaces of Gertrude Contemporary to underpin their curatorial agenda making manifest a seamless joining of the movie/video works, the surfaces on to which they were projected and the labyrinthine route through the exhibition.

This route is protracted by walls, angled in plan that enclose the Ulla von Bran­den­burg, Saskia Olde Wol­bers and Bas Jan Ader works in large spaces of their own with the balance of the works in spaces spliced with the circulation spaces around them.

A discrete door in the rear Bas Jan Ader room leads the viewer into the viewing space of the Mel O'Callaghan work where the viewer become the viewed, separated from viewers by a dwarf wall based on a French royal birthing real.

The Jeremy Blake and Joachim Koester works are placed in rooms that simultaneously act as corridors of the labyrinth and viewing spaces each allowing the viewer to focus on the work while catching peripheral glimpses of the next on the route.

DiSotM was part of the 2010 Melbourne International Festival of the Arts - open between the 8th October and 6th November 2010.

Photographs by Christian Capurro.