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First exhibited, Fondation pour l’architecture,
Brussels, 1992

The 19th c. notion of ‘interiority’, described by Marcel Proust, is contrasted with the architectural style most
associated with it, Art Nouveau. I used Proust’s ‘whirling room’ to stage conflicting histories of African art, the Belgian Congo and Art Nouveau. Three transparent screens as a continuous panorama allow for multiple points of view and access; underscoring the different relationships that the viewer can have with this material.


The panorama allows multiple views. Above: perspectival authority and classical HW cinema converge. Interior: the whirling panorama disrupts closure. Exterior: Separate screens allow competing narratives to unfold and converge.

Installation: 3 channel video-sound projection panorama with Art Nouveau screen
Dimensions: variable
First exhibited: Foundation pour l’architecture, Brussels 1992

Related publications:

The Work of the Forest in Art & Text #42, 1992, Australia, Download Link

Judith Barry, Michael Newman, Download Link
Cinema and Space(s)...Judith Barry, DA2 Catalogue, Kate Linker, Download Link

Eyestrain, Judith Barry, Download Link

Space that Art Makes, Judith Barry, Download Link


Installation view: The Work of the Forest, Berardo Museum, in Lisbon, Portugal, 2010


Diagram showing the installation construction


Video still


Exhibition Book: Click here to download

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Installation view: The Work of the Forest, Foundation pour l’architecture, Brussels, 2023

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Installation view: The Work of the Forest, Berardo Museum, in Lisbon, Portugal, 2010

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