7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
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Victor Zagabe and Thomas Yuan examine how oppression and control can manifest in varying spatial relations. On one hand, the building holds the potential to become a symbol of deceptive mass communication, shrouding ideological contradictions. Victor examines three buildings which encapsulate hidden and visible identities constructed through imperialism and Zairianization. This is viewed in a visual medium which sets the tone for the apocalyptic ends of these ideologies. As a counterpoint, Thomas looks at the excess of control extended by the visual and material culture of 1960s China. No longer at the forefront of public consciousness, architecture is overshadowed by the tyranny of mass media in the form of dazibao, big character posters. The result is a creation of a space of self-surveillance and violence.
This event is part of the Traces exhibition.
Photo: Marco Chimienti, I went for a Drive (thesis).