Apparatus for Transtemporal Occurrence of Impending Space - City of Melbourne
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 Apparatus for Transtemporal Occurrence of Impending Space

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Description

After assembling the research, it appears that Apparatus for Transtemporal Occurrence of Impending Space is indeed a 19th-century invention that sees 50 years into the possible future. The machine was recently restored after a period of 80 years, having been 'misplaced' in Council storage, but the predictive automaton is permanently jammed on a fictional vision of Melbourne in the 1930s – as envisaged by its 19th-century inventors.

In tribute to the steampunk genre, Russell Anderson’s new public artwork is a fictionalised, human-scale machine, an invention that sees into a possible future. The highly seductive surfaces of machined and cast bronze, brass, steel and copper celebrate the aesthetic of early science fiction – with a nod to the pioneer of the science fiction genre Jules Verne (1828–1905) – and the beauty of engineered objects reminiscent of Victorian times.

In a delightfully playful approach, viewers turn a crank handle that activates an automata theatre hidden within the porthole. Trams, period cars, dirigibles and other peculiar scientific inventions are illuminated in a fantastical cityscape of miniature 19th-century Melbourne.

Russell Anderson weaves a compelling narrative of possible futures and imaginary worlds. Viewers are prompted to consider the nature of time and how we understand what was, ponder what is and speculate on possible futures.

Commissioned by the City of Melbourne Public Art Program.

Location

Middle Promenade
Melbourne VIC 3000
Access to the waterfront from Spencer Street bridge over the Yarra River or Siddeley Street, behind the World Trade Centre.


Contact details

03 9658 9455
publicart@melbourne.vic.gov.au
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/publi...


Dates and times

26/07/2016 to 01/04/2019

Mon: all day
Tue: all day
Wed: all day
Thu: all day
Fri: all day
Sat: all day
Sun: all day

Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible



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