Interior design is at the intersection of cities, cultures and communities; unbound by three dimensional infrastructures, and grounded in contingency and change. As a practice concerned with the relations between human and more-than-human ecologies, how can techniques of interiorization open up dialogues as to how we approach collaborating with place?
This research project began as a framework to investigate embodying temporal conditions as an act of interior design process, and has developed into a practice of being-with.
Concerned with the inherent contradictions embedded in the politics of value, the ripples on the water’s surface dance with me, what about you? prompts questions into what it means to value something, who says so, and why?
The research re-considered counter-narratives, aiming to disrupt, deconstruct and re-assemble spatial hierarchies. Through addressing the impacts that colonisation and the Anthropocene have on the natural environment, and the oppressive dispositions of colonial modes of thought, this project aims to foreground knowledges that operate beyond Western cultural paradigms.
This Major Project proposes a non-disciplinary residency program situated at intervals along the Birrarung (Yarra River), traversing openness, responsiveness and sensitivity as critical interior-making frameworks for the emergence of a generative and creative community. With an emphasis on experiential research and attunement, this residency facilitates a deep engagement with the river’s temporal flows, rhythmic processes, and dynamic ecosystems.
Evolving through an open-ended discursive process, this Major Project invites varying forms of connection, encouraging synergies that enrich individual and collaborative praxis. The program explores a set of gestures for interrogating relational assumptions, (re)configuring notions of territory, fostering mutualism and re-imagining conceptions of value; promoting attentiveness and slowness as subversive acts to engage with the complex tangible and intangible relationships between human and more-than-human ecologies.
Alongside the residency, this project speculates on the reinstallation of a deteriorating wharf located where the Yarra Yarra (Yarra Falls) confluence once flowed; bringing awareness to the contingency and fragility of our environment, and the myriad of ruptured narratives unable to be repaired.
In reviewing the ways we move through the world, we invite new ways of seeing. As hierarchies fall away, we are given the chance of slowing down, together with Country.