In an imaginative RMIT student architecture exhibition, a nest of upright poles held perfectly in tension; movable black screens with a cocoon like interior; and an adult cubby house were among the weird and wonderful installations in a Collingwood warehouse over the weekend.
The exhibition came about after students walked around the CBD asking people how they felt about architecture. After uncovering a stigma or fear associated with it, the exhibition was their attempt to break down the barriers.
The exhibits evoked a wide range of responses in this viewer from discomfort to a sense of embrace, and push-pull thoughts of ‘should I touch, or shouldn’t I?’ The way space and materials are manipulated has a strong impact on mind and body.
Struggling to pass through a wall of movable panels and rubber strips was claustrophobic and uncomfortable, while a serene blue wall with words falling down its surface, and glazed with syrup, provoked the question: Is this architecture too?
Standing close to it, I was suddenly overtaken by the smell of pancakes and maple syrup. On opening night it reportedly attracted a swarm of students keen to smell, touch, and taste. Lickable walls, indeed.
The exhibition, ‘A space for the promotion of architecture’, was a studio run by RMIT in conjunction with Edwards Moore and the artist Arash as part of the Bachelor of Architectural design.
Creative Team: Boby Subagyo Putro, Samak Sangi, Sarah Lucas, Maya Le Bransky, Rose MacMahon, Floyd Billows, Benjamin Sy, Phoebe Wong, Elvina Amelia, Freya Solomon, Chelsea Tomasin, Oskar Heslyk.