The Third Landscape

The Third Landscape

Opens October 18th

Izabela Pluta ,House (on the frontier), 2012

Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom Sydney, and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects Melbourne.

Exhibition runs October 18th to November 17th
Tin Sheds Gallery
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Sydney

The Third Landscape – an undetermined fragment of the Planetary Garden – designates the sum of the space left over by man to landscape evolution – to nature alone, Gilles Clément

The Third Landscape exhibition and public program explores new understandings of industrial heritage and ruin.The exhibition examines the transformative possibilities for regenerating seemingly negative landscapes of the forgotten and the blighted.

Taking French gardener Gilles Clément’s term for nature’s reclamation of wasteland as its title, it presents artists, architects and designers whose work addresses the adaptability of interstitial spaces. These works demonstrate not only how spontaneous biodiversity can occur in these spaces, but diverse social and cultural activities too. While some participants take immediate and hands-on action in reworking the spatial program, others offer analternative vision of landscapes already in the process of modification. Here – in the cycles of decay and dystopia – new potentialities are found.

This utopian non-place is apparent in the haunting photo-media work of Izabela Pluta and the suspended installations of Peter Nelson. The alchemy of Sydney’s industrial past is the focus of Helen Armstrong’s media homage, while Sydney’s current harbourside construction boom is critiqued in Richard Goodwin’s powerful performance piece.

New Zealand collective Gap Filler present an archive of their optimistic interventions amongst the ruins of Christchurch, and German architects raumlabor create a new future vision in the Tin Sheds Gallery window.
A public program will accompany the exhibition and encourage participatory discussion around heritage, urban planning and sustainability. It will involve the public in thinking about urban design and the future of our cities. A forum will focus on the changing face of Sydney’s watery edges, from the warehouses and industrial spaces of the working harbour to new urban planning developments. A series of walks will enable the audience to experience the unique qualities of these sites from new angles, lead by members of the community and offering alternative histories and futures.

The Third Landscape is curated by Joni Taylor and includes Raumlabor (Germany), Gap Filler (New Zealand), Richard Goodwin, Helen Armstrong, Izabela Pluta, Peter Nelson, Design 5, Kate Clark, Tom Rivard, Blair French and Lena Obergfell.

The Third Landscape FORUM: 
October 27, 2pm-6pm

A forum will focus on the changing face of Sydney’s watery edges, from the warehouses and industrial spaces of the working harbour to new urban planning developments.

Speakers include Kate Clark (Historic Houses Trust), Blair French (Artspace), Richard Goodwin (artist/architect), Helen Armstrong (landscape architect), Tom Rivard (Lean Productions), Robert Gasparini (Design 5), Alex Ritchie (E-2), Peter Nelson (artist), Lena Obergfell (artist – Wasteland Twinning) and Joni Taylor (curator).

Free but bookings essential!

Please book by emailing Jack Jeweller
gallery.assistant@sydney.edu.au

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