Tris Vonna-Michell

Tris Vonna-Michell (Rochford, UK, 1982) performs narratives and constructs installations through the layering of these narratives, photographs and mementos, presented using antiquated technologies and slide projection. He will present a new work titled ‘Capitol Complex’ which revolves around a manuscript, consisting of four acts based on four characters, which serves as an underlining blueprint for the work. The soundtrack is based on a live performance recording, and is accompanied by a slide sequence projected on a Telex machine. The slide sequence is a visual abstraction of all four acts, while the soundtrack pans between improvised spoken word and musical composition.

‘Capitol Complex’ is set in Chandigarh, India, once the future city and the architect Le Corbusier’s most momentous assignment, today the capital city for two states, Punjab and Haryana. Le Corbusier envisaged the government headquarters, the Capitol Complex, as a sacred place to match the Acropolis, where citizens could meditate on the interconnected spiritual meanings embedded in his architecture, landscape fixtures and visions of democracy.

However, ‘Capitol Complex’ was never fully realised, and subsequently became a gated bureaucratic compound. The story is lead by Traveller, who extends his leisurely strolls to experiencing the city by night in order to induce a greater intensity and anxiety of urban architecture. After his nocturnal explorations in Chandigarh he starts to grow weary and changes his course from architectural appreciation to searching for crevices and enclosures to reflect and observe.

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