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Dormitorium is the latest interactive sculptural project by Melbourne-based architect Matthew Bird. Acclaimed for his progressive and experimental methods, Bird draws across and unites numerous creative disciplines from architecture and interior design to installation art, photography and performance.
In the lead-up to this exhibition, Bird's research has led to an extensive exploration in the changing traditions of bedchamber aesthetics and the potential these spaces have to profoundly affect the way we rest and rejuvenate. Bringing together these ideas, Dormitorium is presented as a communal sleep chamber and exploratory environment that encourages audiences to engage with a complexity of sensory propositions, from textures and materials to the immersive effects of moving light and sound techonlogies.
Dormitorium has been created in collaboration with sleep disorder and physician Dr Marcus McMahon from Austin Health and Professor Shanta Rajaratnam and Professor Sean Drummond - both senior academics at Monash University's Sleep Program, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Psychological Sciences. With contributions from architect and artist Caitlyn Parry, composer and sound designer J David Franke, and performer and choreogrpaher Lillian Steiner.
Matthew Bird Studiobird
Artist impression for Dormitorium 2017
© Matthew Bird
McClelland's permanent collection informs a series of presentations throughout the year that allows visitors to encounter new acquistions whilst rediscovering familiar aspects of the collection in new ways and various iterations.
Resonance is the latest exhibition drawn principally from McClelland's collection. This exhibition highlights a range of modern and contemporary favourites that share connections either through material, process or concept whilst acknowledging ways in which artists have engaged various modes of abstraction that shift across time and location.
Untitled (wall sculpture) 1968
laminated and polished stainless steel
93.5 x 159.5 x 30. 5 cm
McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery Collection
© Michael Young