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Spectrum presents SUPERVILLA – a thousand shades of beige

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


A new exhibition at Spectrum Project Space shines the spotlight on Western Australia’s economic upswing and its effects on the infrastructure and architecture of the state.

Artistic duo Jessica Watson-Galbraith (WA) and Tor Lindstrand (Sweden), collaborating under the name Economy, are behind the SUPERVILLA exhibition.

The pair believe the increase in economic wealth is being used not to build communities but to cover up the fact that they do not exist.

“With the displacement of work and wealth, ever-increasing privatisation and degradation of public space, Perth can be read as our global contemporary condition on steroids,” Ms Galbraith said.

With SUPERVILLA, Economy has produced an exhibition to showcase their dream architectural proposal for suburban Perth.

Mr Linstrand explains their thinking behind the exhibition:

“Our artwork highlights a post-hippie, drop city kind of proposal, a housing project for sixteen hundred family members. Less suburbia and more Thunderdome in 1000 shades of beige, with the involuntary street-side architecture of mortgage and lattice choreography.”

SUPERVILLA opens on Tuesday, 29 May at 5:00pm, with a performance at 7:00pm.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday, 20 May to Sunday, 3 June.

Spectrum Project Space, at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley Campus, is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday to Friday, and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.

High-resolution images are available on request.

About the artists:

Economy is a Swedish-Australian platform working in architecture, art, education and management. The pair were founded in 2010 by Tor Lindstrand, architect and associate professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Jessica Watson-Galbraith (WA), a WAAPA graduate and choreographer with a background in global finance.

About Spectrum Project Space:

Spectrum Project Space is an initiative of ECU’s School of Communications and Arts. It features 188 square metres of floor space, LED lighting, environmentally friendly floor paint, a light tracking system and state-of-the-art audio. It opened in August 2011.

Spectrum Project Space offers opportunities for creative research across visual and performing arts, design and media and text and sound, generated by artists and academics associated with the School of Communications and Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), as well as artists from the wider community.

Spectrum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am - 6:00pm and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm with special weekend openings and events. Exhibitions can be viewed after hours by appointment.

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