Car parks are nice

Here’s a video from 2012 that New Zealand born, Brisbane based artist Chris Bennie made in the Chermside Shopping Centre car park in Brisbane.  The sweeping footage captures the mundane, perfunctory architecture and vast expanses of concrete that typify these kinds of spaces, as well as revealing some unexpected inhabitants.  The car park is an unlikely home to hundreds of swallows who flit through the space, seemingly invisible to the mall’s distracted consumers, too preoccupied with their latest purchases from DJs.  The video is strangely relaxing, and beautiful.  In 2012 it was shown rather appropriately at Sydney artist run space Alaska (located in a car park in Kings Cross).  If you’re in Brissie you can see it at Spiro Grace Art Rooms as part of the group exhibition ‘presence/absence’ which opens there next Friday.

Car parks are nice

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