The transit lounge is the archetypal transit space, the point where the hyper-global + hyper-local coincide; a location which blurs traditional conceptions of geo-political boundaries, creating pockets of international space within the borders of individual nation-states. An in-between space, it exists relative to a fixed departure and arrival point, not to the area that surrounds it.

The Transit Lounge is a series of overlapping residencies for Australian and German artists and architects in Berlin. It is also a blog where themes relating to the project will develop, collaborations will be initiated and sustained, and observations on the city collected. The Transit Lounge invites you to participate in these transnational conversations by commenting on the blog.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006


Lara O’Reilly’s marked predilection for the sublime and the paradoxical is expressed in a very diverse body of work that has its roots in performance but emphasizes the sculptural and everyday environments of architecture and landscape. Her achievements as a young artist include winning the 2005 National Marten Bequest Travel Scholarship, the 2004 Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the recent 2006 National Australian Visual Art emerging artist award.

O’Reilly’s interests in landscape and architecture inform an experience-oriented oeuvre that is cause for reconsidering our relationship with nature. Her work encompasses sculpture, photography, performance, architecture, sound and video. Through her experience both of the places she has seen and the people she has met, and her aim to unearth common ground between extremely diverse groups lies at the base of much of her projects.

O’Reilly’s work is interesting as she dissolves the mediums of art, architecture and film into something that is difficult to title. The cities, places, sceneries that she subjects the viewer to are layered with her body, a ghostly movement through a timeless, slowed stilled landscape of abstracted and layered fragments of dissolved experiences of the body and of architecture. Her works are beautiful, evocative, timeless and interactive in the way they are composed. They resonate spatial qualities of slowed, filmic, moving installations of translucent layered veils suspended within the interiors of galleries or site-specific sites.

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