TAUT Space is a platform to facilitate exploration of diverse contemporary cultural interests, and provides a supportive environment for discovery and discussion across disciplines. Operating year-round to present up to five exhibitions, TAUT invites artists and creative practitioners whose practices somehow, whether obviously or more tangentially, connect with TAUT ideals to develop and show an original exhibition.
Invitation is either through commission or through submission of a proposal for use of the space. The bounds of project ideas that will be considered are set only by the imagination of practitioners, and every effort will be made to promote purposeful, meaningful engagement with the space and the broader community.
The exhibition The exquisite corpse presents the work of Deakin fourth year architecture students, using the sequential creative procedure first utilized by the avantguard surrealist poets in the first decades of the 20th century, to understand and architecturally operate within the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The new underground line below Swanston St becomes the pre-text for the re-examination of the ever changing and conflictive relationship between public and private spaces in contemporary urban contexts.
The exhibition Reason + Experience examined how as users and designers we come to know what we know, whether through reason or through embodied lived experience. Behavioural observation was used to generate the design of the landscape at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design (MSD), we return now to MSD and use interpretation, real-world observation and intervention, drawing, photography and installation, to test the truthfulness of knowledge.
150619 M RK T SQ – TAUT × NILS KOENNING
TAUT Spaces inaugural exhibition M RK T SQ featured the work of photographer Nils Koenning.
To tell a story is to preserve the memory of its subject. Memorialising a moment of transition, this photographic narrative serves as a reminder that architectural constructions are not static entities, but vital facilitators of human activity and culture. An unusual process of deliberate, delicate dismantling preserved the dignity of this building’s life and purposes, bestowed upon it intentionally by the architect and naturally by its users.
Nils Koenning presents a visual homily to this state of being. His humane, almost scientific documentation partly reveals the building’s elemental schema, suggestive of its conception and laying bare its heritage. Shrouded in black, a skeletal monolith stands as a transitory tombstone in the shadow of its neighbours whose vitality endures.
Market Square is an illuminating conflation of Koenning’s approaches to photography. As an architectural photographer, Koenning takes a reserved stance, letting moments fall into place when documenting buildings in their dynamic environments. Street activity, nearby buildings and distinct characters who chance into the scene inform the spirit of the photograph, just as the building, in turn, contributes to the atmosphere of its everyday surrounds.
In other practice areas, Koenning focuses his lens more tightly, literally and figuratively, to set up intimate relationships with his subjects and explore themes of identity, memory and belonging. Here, he approaches the building front on and up close with a concentrated, personal attention that emanates a strange juxtaposition of enormous vulnerability. Provoking an emotive consideration of architecture as an enabler of fluid relationships between people and place, Koenning pays final respect to the building’s heritage and the artistic intentions of its makers.