Nothing to Retain, Julia Weissenberg
Curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weise
Nothing to Retain is a two-chanel video that slowly explores a temporary reconstruction of a building designed by Mies van der Rohe, but never built. The play in the work, between permanence and impermanence, is particularly relevant to Total House, in its current status as a locus for debates surrounding architectural heritage; between those who argue for its preservation and heritage significance and those who see it as a potential site for new development. Julia Weissenberg's work complements the works of Amie Siegal and Victor Burgin at Screen Space, whose exhibitions explore the connections between modernist architecture and contemporary media technology.
Added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2014, Total House is one of Melbourne’s best examples of Japanese-inspired Brutalist architecture. Off-form concrete accentuates the building’s structure and function while overtop the floating parking decks is an office block resembling an old television set. Total House was originally built to accommodate the massive increase in car ownership in the post-World War II period and remains both historically and architecturally significant to the state of Victoria. It is possibly one of the first buildings in Australia to combine a multi-story carpark, office building, ground level shops and a theatre in the basement. A nightclub has since replaced the basement cinema and the office space is now home to a multitude of architecture and design practices.
Added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2014, Total House is one of Melbourne's best examples of Japanese-inspired Butalist architecture. The building, which also houses a nightclub and a number of architecture and design studios, has since come under threat for redevelopment and is subject to court challenge.
Image Credit: Photograph Peter Wille, 1932-1972 photographer. "Total" Car park. Cnr. Russell & Little Bourke Streets, Melbourne. 1966. Image from State Library of Victoria
When & Where
Nite Art is an exciting event that has the power to strengthen the connections between galleries, artists and audiences, fuel the conversation around contemporary art, and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Melbourne at night.
Melbourne opens up for a night Artwalk where you “curate you own night,” connecting to art, artists and the city via a digital platform and live exhibitions.
In 2015 across 3 precincts, 75+ artists exhibit in 25+ galleries. Artist run initiatives, museums and unique city spaces open simultaneously, enticing intimate explorations and discovery across the city until late.
THURSDAY 23 JULY 2015 6PM UNTIL LATE