LIGHTSCAPES | Hive by Andrea Grützner
Hive is a series of photographic works shot throughout RMIT’s New Academic Street, a large area of the University that is currently undergoing a major reconstruction and transformation.
Modern societies create buildings. Do buildings generate communities? Do buildings help to construct identities or do they determine a particular and narrow pathway despite their open spaces? Hive is a series of photographic works shot throughout RMIT’s New Academic Street, a large area of the University that is currently undergoing a major reconstruction and transformation. The reconstructed contemporary education buildings are designed to provide spaces that are felt as common ground and spaces for knowledge sharing. They are meeting and learning environments for students. Through her images, Grützner asks whether architecture can have a directed performative power, and to what extent that power can determine human behaviour. To Grützner, these spaces are a metaphor for the process of orientation, way-finding and also alienation. Artifical interiors draw links to retro computer games that require the player to advance from level to level. Other spaces within the buildings feel alive with the potential to enclose those within them, and some feel like spatialised comic-strip pictures blown out to three-dimensions.
For Grützner, these buildings and their interior spaces also connect with the architecture that exists in natural structures such as the bee hive. Through subtle manipulations of her analogue photographs, Grützner highlights her responses to physical space through bold design, colour and form, whilst also revealing the uncanny that exists within these spaces.
Hive is located at the RMIT:ART:INTERSECT LIGHTSCAPES in Rodda Lane, Melbourne and will be showing until 1 April 2018. LIGHTSCAPES is a public art project that connects to the very fabric of the city—enriching, critiquing and reconsidering notions of audience, site and public space through art.