Pre-Space stands on the Walsh Bay foreshore – a landscape demarcated by a fine tidal strip that served as the threshold of 19th century Australia, vital for both incoming and outgoing transport and trade. In the new colony, this area functioned as a kind of ‘pre-space' of trade and commerce between Australia and beyond. In contemporary Sydney, the same strip is now defined as a culture and theatre district. Involving site and context, the installation presents you with another kind of pre-space: a creased ‘silver screen' as the projected representation of a picture theatre, where the public engages 14 film works embedded in the recesses of sculpture. Overall the film works create a narrative of the cinema experience: the physical space of the cinema, the projected light and the mimetic motion of film and scene. Shot in and around Sydney, its cinemas and drive-ins, the fictitious worlds contained in Pre-Space offer both a curated moment within Sydney's historical foreshore and choreographed film scenes of its present.
This project was completed in collaboration with Benedict Anderson, John Cabello, Emily Drage, Daniele Hromek and Shervin Jivani.
The project was undertaken as part of the Vivid Light Festival