Ideas Platform

Lauren Brincat and Aileen Sage Architects
You Me, Here Now

30 Apr – 16 May 2021

Above: Lauren Brincat and Aileen Sage Architects, You Me, Here Now, 2021. Installation view, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

We want to reconnect people. Strangers. The city. Start a conversation about what was here first.

You Me, Here Now is an ongoing conversation between artist Lauren Brincat and Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holliday). The exhibition asks questions about how we come together, how we sit together and aims to explore alternative modes of learning within exhibition and seminar formats. 

Only three per cent of the original Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub remains in the local area. It is an endangered and threatened species. The exhibition considers contemporary society's loss of connection to nature and community. In this space we invite the audience to sit and immerse themselves in that which is often overlooked.

How do we connect and engage with the place around us? Are we engaged with the public spaces that we function within? How do we connect people to place? The social and ecological projects of connection are crucial to a thriving and involved community. People care more for a place if they have a connection to it. 

Lauren Brincat (b.1980) is a Sydney-based artist who works across diverse media from video and performance to sculpture and installation. Her work explores non-verbal modes of expression through narrative or ideas. By distancing us from a logical, direct, language-based-understanding, her work opens doors to multiple perspectives and interpretations. Her recent work includes sculptural forms that can be activated by participants.

In 2016, Brincat presented Salt Lines: Play It As It Sounds, a site-specific installation at Carriageworks as part of the Biennale of Sydney. In 2019 projects included, The Plant Library, co-commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3West program and Landcom. Other Tempo, co-commissioned by Carriageworks and Performance Space for Liveworks Festival. She is currently showing in TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters, TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Brincat has lived and researched in Mexico City where she was mentored by Yoshua Okon and Cuauhtemoc Medina; and assisted artist Johanna Billing in Europe.

Aileen Sage (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) is a collaborative design and architectural practice. Their work explores how architecture and the design of a place can create meaningful engagement between people of varied generations, backgrounds and cultures. Previous projects include The Pool, the Australian Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and numerous public and private commissions. Aileen Sage was the recipient of the 2018 NSW AIA Emerging Architect Prize.

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