Carriageworks – Darlington, Sydney
Expanded Architecture Festival
Michael Lewarne, Thomas A Rivard, Francesca Veronesi, Paul J Warren
Lian Loke, Linda Luke
© Alex Wisser
Expanded Architecture Catalogue
– A Carriage (work) Essay
A Carriage (work) re-imagines the potential links between evocative cultural acts and the architectural environments in which they thrive, considering several aspects engendered by Carriageworks itself, as both a physical space and a repository of embodied memory. Thus it sets out to explore the idea of “carriage:”
• movement, a conveyance through space
• a vehicle which carries us across a landscape and through time
• a moving part of a complex machine
• personal bearing, the manner in which a body is held and moved
A Carriage (work) is an exploration of the emotional and existential conditions of travel, and the tension between movement and stillness. A fundamental notion is the solitary figure moving through the landscape.
The work is a narrative of time between day and night. Carriageworks, the institution, both contains the work, as well as being its notional subject. Within the body of space and memory, the work constructs (and enacts) a journey about journeys, about transportation, and about travelling, through both space and time.
A Carriage (work) is temporally divided into two parts: the first is a dance between the Carriage and the Traveller in the traverse along the enclosed corridor. In the second part the fixed relationship between the Carriage and the Traveller loosens, and in the wider arena of the foyer the shifting landscapes disrupt the bearing of the Traveller. Eventually she and the architecture of Carriageworks merge into one image, one fabric.