Terrazzo (2019)

Exhibited Shopfront-342 Gallery, Antony di Mase Architects, 11th April 2019 to 5th May 2019. Original Creative Works, Mirjana Lozanovska with original works by Thesis Students, V. Napiza, S. Jackson, J.Jeavons, C. Siamphukdee

Terrazzo (2019) is an experimentation of how visual strategies affect our perception – exploring the visibility and our gaze of the migrant houses. It is the first iteration in a series of work on viewing devices by Dr Mirjana Lozanovska, as part of her ongoing artistic research. This was followed by a second iteration in Terrazzo-Doge (2019), and third in Venetian Blinds (postponed to 2021 due to COVID). The evolution of these works expanded the diversity of engagement and audience, firstly to the architectural professional community beyond the local gallery public, secondly to the Venice Art Biennale as curatorial devices engaging artists, and third as solo exhibition and exchange of the gaze between Venice Architecture Biennale and the Venetian blinds of migrant housing.

This work demonstrates Dr Lozanovska’s methods in non-traditional research, which activate intense experimentation and focus on the interval or pause which like the blank white page is latent with a non-knowledge. In Terrazzo, photographic documentation of migrant houses is deconstructed, disrupting their as-given visibility and pre-conceived judgement. Their 2-dimensional imagery is reconfigured into 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional geometric visual devices. The research question of vacant industrial architecture was explored as visual recalibration through numerous counter-representational methods. The geo-cultural displacement and in-placement within ‘ORO’ as well as the three Sensory Portals created immersive interiors that were digitally produced but corporeally performed by participants. This mediation between the digital, the visual, and the corporeal is at play in many of my works.

Interview SBS Radio: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/dr-mirjana-lozanovska-puts-migrant-houses-of-the-1950-s-1970-s-on-the-architectural-map