Aqueous Landscapes

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Client

University of New South Wales

Services

Exhibition/Installation
Digital

Sector

Government
Cultural

‘Aqueous Landscapes’, designed by SUPERSENSE for the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season Biennial (SUSAS) in 2019, was a poetic and innovative exhibition investigating historical, Indigenous and contemporary landscape interventions in Sydney Harbour. A collection of drawings, photographs and film explored the nuances of this constructed edge, showing how the foreshore operates and where it has been reshaped, reclaimed, transformed, and restored in different ways across time. SUPERSENSE’s design vision eschewed traditional architectural presentation methods, instead using mediums such as fabric, water and projection.

A continuous, colour-coded fabric drop displayed a meticulous and original documented elevation line drawing of the shoreline at contrasting scales. Bespoke crystalline cylindrical vessels displayed plans of harbour-edge precincts. These vessels contained subtly moving water, illuminated by concealed floor panels, which conveyed the movement of harbour tides. A video piece in the exhibition was comprised of vertical ‘slices’ of footage of Sydney Harbour, to evocatively showcase varying levels of architectural intervention and the natural characteristics of the landscape.

The exhibition was attended by approximately 20,000 people. The exhibition received over 100 reviews/mentions in the Chinese media and was attended by President Xi Jinping.

Curation

Prof. Helen Lochhead OAM and Assoc Prof. Ainslie Murray

Junior curators

Fram Kitagawa and Xing Ruan

Architectural drawing

Josh Sleight
‘Aqueous Landscapes’ was a poetic and innovative exhibition investigating historical, Indigenous and contemporary landscape interventions in Sydney Harbour.
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Bespoke crystalline cylindrical vessels displayed plans of harbour-edge precincts. These vessels contained subtly moving water, illuminated by concealed floor panels, which conveyed the movement of harbour tides.
A continuous, colour-coded fabric drop displayed a meticulous and original documented elevation line drawing of the shoreline at contrasting scales.
‘Aqueous Landscapes’ was a poetic and innovative exhibition investigating historical, Indigenous and contemporary landscape interventions in Sydney Harbour.
+ Read More
Bespoke crystalline cylindrical vessels displayed plans of harbour-edge precincts. These vessels contained subtly moving water, illuminated by concealed floor panels, which conveyed the movement of harbour tides.
A continuous, colour-coded fabric drop displayed a meticulous and original documented elevation line drawing of the shoreline at contrasting scales.