In the short film, Parallaxis, film director and sculptor, Matthew Bird sees two futuristic, augmented humans returning to earth from some distant planet in order to conduct an architectural survey of the landscape.
The otherworldly pair moves through an otherwise people-less, abandoned terrain full of memory and materials, and they use biomechanically engineered measuring instruments that take the form of outsized, sculptural cylinders.
Launched at the Adelaide international festival in early 2020 alongside a solo exhibition at Samstag Museum of Art, Parallaxis was created by Bird in conjunction with the university of south australia master of architecture students, led by senior lecturer rachel hurst.
What does this invite?
•Parallaxis asks us to contemplate an intergenerational, interplanetary existence that connects the now, before, and future of this ecosystem with the celestial beyond.
•It looks at how architectural measurements can act as a foundation for understanding an earthly position.