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(im)positions - multimodal negotiations of place-identity

Monday, 24 April 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 5:00pm
Dulux Gallery, Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Design

Recent political trends reflect popular discontent towards global structural systems that promote fluid migration and tenuous connections to place and community. While acknowledging the complex conditions that have given rise to this phenomenon, these movements also reflect a deeply human desire for meaningful relationship with place; a desire that is animated by nostalgia, intergenerational memory and communal identity. Place belonging can be translated across broad geopolitical imaginaries or intimate spatial practices that gain their context and meaning through architecture and urbanism. At every spatial scale, construction of place identity involves constant negotiation not only with the physicality of place but situating identities of state, community and self in broader narratives, narratives that are increasingly brokered within globalised neoliberal reasoning. This exhibition explores the expressions of place-making that emerge in this process.

Showcasing design research by doctoral students at the Melbourne School of Design, the exhibits highlight how communication occurs across multiple scapes and modalities including and beyond language in the negotiations to secure or contest place identity.  The work reveals alternative epistemic approaches offered by bodies of differing capacities and cultures that challenge single hegemonic narratives. The contents of the exhibition span across various spatial and temporal scales from lengthy, contentious negotiations at the nation state level to swift and ephemeral place making practices considered at the scale of the body. The exhibition involves navigating through material that requires the visitor to adopt various lenses, shifting from textual analysis to sensorial registers and visual data. At times, as in the subversive and antagonistic nature of multimodal mediums, sound, video and text escape and unravel in unexpected ways.

Gallery opening hours:
Monday to Friday. 9:00am - 5:00pm