Matt Bird (Artist)

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Research Background
Matthew Bird was commissioned by the Samstag Museum of Art to create a work for the 2020 Adelaide//International examining the ways built forms make us aware of the social, spatial and temporal present. His response was Parallaxis, a short film drawing on the landscape of the Wimmera-Mallee wheatbelt to explore ways we navigate, hold, and alter space. Parallaxis examines past and future histories of the Wimmera Mallee via an immersive performative encounter combining movement with unorthodox mapping and surveying devices.

Research Contribution
Parallaxis considers the potential for architectural processes and measurements to act as a foundation for understanding and fixing an earthly position. The film follows two otherworldly figures as they arrive to survey an unforgiving terrain using large cylindrical instruments that are pushed and pulled in perpetual movement. The work investigates how a filmic narrative frames unseen temporal and physical ties between objects, people and places that endure beyond a lifetime.

Research Significance
The Parallaxis film was subsequently exhibited internationally at Monitor in Izmir, Turkey, supported by the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul. Bird, along with leading architect John Wardle, was invited to take part in an MPavillion in-conversation event hosted by Samstag Director and exhibition curator, Erica Green. Parallaxis was recognised in Adelaide// International media including specialist publications ArtLink, ArchitectureAU, Habitus Living, and the international online magazine designboom.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA, Australia
PublisherAnne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2020 Adelaide//International: Matthew Bird: 'Parallaxis' - Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 28 Feb 20203 Apr 2020

    Matthew Bird (Contributor), John Wardle (Contributor) & Erica Green (Host)

    17 Mar 2020

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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