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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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

1:20, little babylons exhibition (23.05.07)

the photograph is guilty of many miss-deeds, lies and fabrications. as our culture increasingly visualizes, pictures pimp every product imaginable from bikinis to beach houses.

But, the medium is innocent, it is our implicit assumption that the photograph is ‘real’ that leads us astray.

the 1:20 project originated as an open investigation of the possibilities of collaboration between an architect and photographer/artist. a collaboration that attempts to re-frame the typical, linear relationship of

architect > photographer : object > documentation.

into a true collaborative process of:

architect <> photographer: artifice <> real(site)

using each of the collaborator’s familiar techniques; digital and physical model making, image production and manipulation, in unfamiliar ways to establish hybrid methodologies.

the transit lounge gallery was taken as the site of experimentation – the ‘transience’ of the project being the temporary occupation of, focus on and transformation of the ‘site’.

the site was photographically recorded at a variety of scales, physically modeled, transformed via installations and alterations to the model. re-photographed and presented within the site (gallery).

the re-presentation of the ‘artificial’ images of the ‘real’ space, within the real space destabilizes the conventional ‘reality’ of the photograph and in particular the architectural photograph.

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