Site-Writing

Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul (9 June – 18 August 2018)
  • Alessandro Zambelli | Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool

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  • ‘Combining an eclectic mix of materials from the existing Victoria Gallery and Museum’s collections and archives, including historic magic lantern slides and the archaeological photography of John Garstang, with new objects, performance and film, The Part Versus the Whole by Ben Judd is a commission for the VG&M as part of their New Perspectives 10th anniversary celebrations curated by Rose Lejeune.

    Through The Part Versus the Whole Judd invokes a lost community with its own internal systems, beliefs and taxonomies of knowledge. The installation weaves together threads of mythology with imagined and real histories of characters and architecture from the local environment to create an immersive installation. A performance on 9th June, and an accompanying film, imagine this community existing within the Victoria Building.

    The Part Versus the Whole is an invitation to viewers to experience a series of alternative readings of the Victoria Building’s, and Liverpool’s, history, to reimagine what might have been and to bring its possible futures to life.’

    (Rose Lejeune, “New Perspectives: The Part Versus the Whole,” Victoria Gallery and Museum [online]  2018)

    The Metropolitan Salem drawings became ‘found’ artefacts within Judd’s installation, reinforcing and developing the manufactured mythology of Liverpool (or Liuerpul, as it is here) drawing the Victoria Building, the site of the exhibition, into that mythology.


    Biography:

    Alessandro Zambelli is an architect and, at the University of Brighton and Kingston University, a lecturer and researcher in architecture. He publishes and participates in the developing field of architectural/archaeological/anthropological interdisciplinarity, especially as this relates to design and drawing. With a team from Newcastle University Alessandro is a Co-Investigator on the 3-year AHRC-funded project, Wastes and Strays: The Past, Present and Future of English Urban Commons.

    In 2000 Alessandro co-founded Bates Zambelli Architects which he ran until 2013.

    Alessandro’s PhD was completed in 2016 through the Bartlett’s PhD by Architectural Design programme. Titled Scandalous Artefacts: visual and analogical practice between architecture and archaeology, it was supervised across the departments of architecture by Professor Jane Rendell and anthropology by Professor Victor Buchli. It will be published in 2019 by AADR Spurbuch as Scandalous Space: between architecture and archaeology.


    Practices:

    My work is always navigating between things; in between the disciplines of architecture and archaeology and anthropology and the undisciplined, between the representational strata within archaeology itself and here, in Metropolitan Salem, through disciplinary and cartographic layering. Here critical spatial practice provides a set of tools for making work within the ‘spaces of writing itself’ (Rendell 2011:162) between the strata of the ‘visual and the verbal’ (Cheatle and Mejía Moreno 2015); providing a palimpsestuous (Dillon 2007) space between.


    Keywords:
    architecture
    archaeology
    mapping
    stratigraphy
    interdisciplinarity
    undisciplined

    References:

    John Outram, ‘London as a Mythological Landscape’. Lecture, Public Lecture series from the Architectural Association, London, August 8, 1991. (available: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/VIDEO/lecture.php?ID=754 )

    Barbara Maria Stafford, Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting (Cambridge, Mass. ; London: MIT Press, 1999).

    Mark Dion, Archaeology (London: Black Dog, 1999).


    Other projects:
  • Parts Apart Read Together (2019)
  • What Remains (2019)
  • 21 Orientations: An Atlas of Geographic Promiscuity (2019)
  • The Windowless Hotel Room (2018)
  • Shared Remains (April 2018)
  • Soft Landing (2018)
  • Spaces of Grief (2018)
  • Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul (9 June – 18 August 2018)
  • Things Come Apart (21-24 March 2018)
  • Learn to Read Differently (2018)
  • Il Balcone. A site-writing performance (2018)
  • History begins with the vanity of kings (2018)
  • Foray in a Modern Reserve: An Impounding Portrait of Landuse (2016-2018)
  • Dear Mr. Jung: Inhabiting Carl Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ (May 2018)
  • Phantom Railings (2012-17)
  • Talking Quilts (April 2017)
  • fifteen ways to cross the desert (2017)
  • Between Landscape and Confinement: Situating the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017)
  • A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (2017)
  • Urban Literacy (2013 / 2014 / 2016)
  • The Glorious Tomb to the Memory of Nothing (2016)
  • The Arrival’s Reader; A Visual Literary Criticism on The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2016)
  • Reading as Art (27 August-19 November 2016)
  • Kjemikerens død [The Death of the Chemist] (23-26 May 2016)
  • Kingsland High Street (2016)
  • Away from Home – Home from Away (April 2016)
  • Penguin Pool (2015)
  • Geography Lessons: Liberian Landmarks 1953-2013 (2015)
  • Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Café (2014)
  • The Writing on the Wall (after Rembrandt) (2014)
  • Designing Architecture as a Performing-Ground (2014)
  • The Disappearance: Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth (April 2013)
  • Folded Ground: Escape from Cape Town (2013)
  • In The Emptiness Between Them (2012)
  • 10/08/12 (multispecies event) (2012)
  • Tideline (2010-2012)
  • An Arcades Project (2011)
  • The Museum of Breath (2010)
  • Slab (2010)
  • One wound. Two wounds. The body as site for writing (2010)
  • The Fluid Pavement and Other Stories on Growing Old (2006)
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