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Brutal Object

Mosley, Jonathan; Warren, Sophie

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Sophie Warren


Dimensions: 760mm x 760mm x 1170 mm

Materials: Sound, cement fibre board, black tape, white Letraset, printed ABS, light

Sound duration: 16 minutes.

'Brutal Object’ constructs a narrative of multiple protagonists, consisting of buildings, characters and objects. The work engages with three different architectural settings: A Brutalist tower (in the process of being stripped); a conserved Tudor museum; a contemporary dwelling. The recorded voice within the narrative navigates the physicality of each setting through the dismantlement, relocation and repurposing of objects and matter that occurs as a result of demolition, salvage and conservation of the city fabric. The value system of each setting is revealed as the construction and deconstruction of their histories is staged and performed within a fourth setting. The fourth setting, a space apart, is characterised by sound, light, text and a three dimensional element. A geometric structure and its shadow-lines stage the protagonists from the narrative. Scaleless and cut loose in time and space, the form and its shadow are both devised from the inter-relations of the protagonists and offer up a spatial narrative structure through which the protagonists move.

Digital modelling: Matt Hynam

Digital Artefact Type Other
Conference Name Brutal Object
Publication Date May 1, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Keywords objects, narrative, architecture, urbanism, contemporary art
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