Permanent Past (2019) looks at Rome through the prism of block universe theory. This suggests that the past, present and future exist at the same time. This possibility was suggested by Einstein and current scientific thinking seems to think it probable.
Permanent Past examines the accretions of 28 centuries of Roman habitation. A layering of history that is compressed in our ‘present’. It speaks of a city – on a town – on a settlement – on vacant land.
Permanent Past sifts through the sediment of Rome to reveal her spectacular periods of great knowledge and successes and of her science and superstition.
While open urban spaces represent democratic, commercial and mainstream social values, disregarded urban spaces represent otherness, displacement and a loss of social value.
Invisible spaces are imbued with a sense of having left the safety of social order and are therefore places in which risk becomes a given when encountering that space.
With passengers seated inside cocooned and protected, the train screams through endless concrete shelters. Dangerous spaces that seem to simmer in an artificial reality.
2010 Shelter, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney