Nothing to See Here (All That is Solid Melts Into Air)

From 30 August-6 October 2013, Amy and Catherine were part of the group show Vantage Point, curated by Will Foster at The Substation in Newport. The show, which also included work by Sean Dockray, Jessie Bullivant, Wietske Maas & Matteo Pasquinelli, Dominic Redfern and Lizzy Sampson, explored the conceptual vantage point of the building in relation to the city. The exhibition was awarded Best Visual Arts at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Our contribution to Vantage Point was Nothing to See Here (All that is Solid Melts into Air), a site-specific intervention into the architecture of the Substation that altered the usual view of the skyline of Melbourne that is visible from Newport. Viewers who looked out of the window through the binoculars provided were presented with a vista in which the skyscrapers looming over the suburban housing in the foreground were partially erased, ghostly and uncanny.

The title of the work is taken from Marx’s famous epithet about the unprecedented degree of change and destruction wrought by the march of capitalism and modernity:

Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

In addition to this installation, the show included documentation of our earlier works from Berlin and Sydney, Site Dedicated to the Active Effacement and Complete Disregard of History and Nothing to See Here (Removal of Sydney Harbour Bridge).

The catalogue for the show is available online here.

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