Altered Landscapes 2: spaces and lives in transition

Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at 9:24 am

Black Ambient 010.

The soundtrack was recorded by Adrian Symes using vinyl records (TS Eliot’s The Wasteland 1971 and The Nun’s Chorus 1969) on 2 vintage portable turntables, mixed with several tracks from an analogue synthesiser, effected by a malfunctioning mid 80’s echo unit.

In Altered Landscapes 1 the abandoned spaces were all in country locations. In the city, abandoned spaces are never really abandoned. The locations in Altered Landscapes 2 are all close to Melbourne, and are the ruins of labour intensive manufacturing industries. In these places thousands of people worked to channel wealth into the community, but these days they are shelter for the homeless, practice canvas for emerging street artists, sites for illegal parties and art installations, and an intriguing location for urban exploration.
Beyond being workplaces, these spaces still contain remnants of their past inhabitants. Magazines and personal photos strewn about, personnel details in folders, employee numbers, lunch room mugs and plates, old work jackets, and at times a whole lot of awesome machinery and industrial design.

 

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