From the Living Room Site: Gregory Bennett and Michael Hodgson will use digital animation at an architectural scale to re-invent the Eastern façade of Queen Street’s iconic Smith & Caughey building, built in 1927 and designed by American architect Roy Lippincott.
Situated in close proximity to the entertainment facilities of The Edge, this monolithic Metropolis-style tower provides an ideal canvas on which to project Bennett’s performing figures. These figures explore complex group dynamics, inspired in part by the Art Deco-era cinematic dance extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley. Bennett’s most recent works situate figures in architectural tableau, with each group contributing a specific function to a mysterious, greater purpose - all cogs in a big city structure.
Developed into a site-specific outdoor presentation with Michael Hodgson, a world-specialist in large-scale projection events and renowned sound artist, together they explore the choreographic interplay between the moving figure and architecture, which structures the way we negotiate a city.