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Referendum (Machinery Provisions)(Third Iteration)

Session Convenor

Saturday, 3 December 2022 at 11:30:00 am AEDT
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This durational performance will last through 2.30pm AEDT. 


Natalie Lynch

Session Speakers

Natalie Lynch

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) (Third Iteration) is a durational performance demonstrating the constitution of a personal civic conscience as an inhabitable spatial geometry and material environment.


The iteration interprets the education and participatory functions of the architecture program for a referendum legislated in the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 (Cth) as readymade design constraints for a process of civic emergence.


Collaborative assembly of the first 1:1 scale iteration of my design collaboration with Atelier Chen Hung will immerse the participants and viewers in a non-verbal dialogue of civic form as a structure open to an iterative design process by citizens for renewed inhabitation.


The focus of this iteration is the narrative of material transfiguration enacted through gradual change to a core geometry.


Performed in the context of a Conference, and in the foyer of a built collaborative learning environment, the durational performance will demonstrate education provisions for the exercise of citizenship responsibility as a sustained, bound and permeable collective activity.

Photographic documentation: sculpture assembled as a durational performance, Saturday 3 December, 2022. Photographed by Carl Warner. Design collaboration Atelier Chen Hung.



Natalie Lynch

Natalie Lynch is a conceptual artist based in Meanjin, Brisbane, with an early career in performance, performance poetry, and video art, and an extensive professional career as a Teacher of Art. Natalie is a recipient of the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery, where she developed an interest in the relationship between built form and place, using open and closed cell foams to interpret contemporary material manifestations of colonialism. Later, Natalie researched relationships between colonial architecture and Australian art history to locate the contemporary condition of historical alienation as a House of Correction. Natalie led the Studio Constituting Amendmentat the Melbourne School of Design as part of her current research practice concerned with the role of art and architecture design in communicating concepts of law.

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