5th – 20th November
Everyone Loves to Watch Buildings Fall I
The Welcome Collective
Aaron Prior and Hannah Purvey-Tyrer
The Welcome Collective is an artist collaboration which is concerned with the problematic global issue of how we house ourselves. It exists to visually research the locus of architectural experience within the lives of women and families, Modernist utopian architecture and the global problems of displacement, immigration and societal collapse.
Everybody Loves to Watch Buildings Fall is a found footage video which explores concrete’s brutal aesthetic and iconic significance to domestic architecture, in both wholeness and destruction. The devastating fall of architect Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Centre in New York City came after the destruction of his earlier Pruitt Igoe residential developments whose demolition was also iconically caught on camera. There is something compelling and momentous about watching the collapse of a building whether disastrous or planned. This work explores our fear of, and attraction to destruction, bringing to question Modernist utopian dreams for domestic architecture for the masses.