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In focus: Bababa International’s mixed-media installation, Flue

Bababa International, Flue (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Brook Andrew

A flue is a cavity or passageway, like a chimney it transports gases from one place to another. As a design feature of industrial processes a flue implies both circulation and material transformation. Bababa International is a group of young artists from Sydney who now collaborate from various points of the world (Sydney, London, Boston). As the members of the group travel from place to place the transformation of their energy into ideas and actions virtually resembles the flues of industrial processes. Bababa International find themselves surreptitiously engaging in conversations about public space – How a space operates; how a space leads to another; how spaces dictate action and how spaces reveal their own histories.

For The Floating Eye, Bababa International has devised a series of corridors, which effectively exist behind the traditional gallery space. By creating corridors behind the walls which other artists’ works are hung and projected, Flue creates variable, multiple versions of the space, inviting us to imagine that their inside of the exhibition is also the beyond. It is a reflection that reveals the mutable and invisible movements of a city.

Bababa International, Flue (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Brook Andrew

Bababa International, Flue (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable. Photography: Brook Andrew

烟道通常指的是一类似通道具有运输功能的空间、例如由一点运输气体到另一点的烟囱。在工业制造工程的设计上、烟道除了运输材料外也泛指资讯的传输。巴巴巴国际是来自悉尼但目前从世界各地各点跨海合作(悉尼、伦敦、波士顿)的一组年轻艺术家团体。当团员从一地旅行到另一地的时候他们在不同的方酝酿的能量也一起传输转换成创意与创作、在概念上与工业工程里的烟道是互通的。巴巴巴国际发现他们总有意无意与公共空间产生隐晦的对话- 空间如何运作、空间与空间之间如何相通、空间配置如何影响人的行为、空间如何像我们揭露他们的历史。

为了这次的展览、巴巴巴国际在展间内设计了一连串的廊道作为对传统的展览空间的介入但却同时具有实际的功用。这些廊道连结了展间中的不同作品、在同一个空间里创造出体验此空间不同的方式、成为了不同版本不同的现实、邀请我们进入了他们从展览延伸出的幻想世界。这正反应了城市在不同观点中不停产生出的多重视点与多重现实。

Bababa International, Flue (production sketches) 2012. Courtesy the artists

Artwork details

Bababa International
Flue  2012
mixed-media
dimensions variable 
The production of this work has been supported by The Keir Foundation

巴巴巴国际
烟气(2012) 
混合媒体 
尺寸变量
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