Somewhere Other is published to coincide with the opening of John Wardle Architects' installation as part of the curated Arsenale exhibition at the 16th International Biennale Architettura, held in Venice in 2018. Far more than an exhibition catalogue, Somewhere Other is a rich reflection on the ideas and design philosophy embedded within the practice of John Wardle Architects (JWA). This publication is an exploration of the evolving role of portals, thresholds and framed views as an important recurring theme within JWA's works. In a centre piece essay, John Wardle reflects on the layers of inspiration, motivation and processes that produced the installation, expertly pulling together ideas from geometry to Venetian glass-making to Australian modernist painting. Feature essays are by Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO of Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and Rory Hyde, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Somewhere Other is beautifully illustrated with a range of both finished photography and photography of works in progress. Including a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the construction of the work. These show the work of contractors, Jacaranda Industries, Tensys and Derek John and inside the studio of Murano glass masters as they coax shape into a intensely red orb. Other photo essays explore the works of optical artist Natasha Johns-Messenger and film-makers Coco and Maximilian, whose works feature in the installation.
Audience: Professional & Vocational
Number of Pages: 152
Publication Date: 1 Jul 2018
Publisher: Uro Publications
Publication City, Country: Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 24.5(H) x 17.2(L) x 1.4(W)
Weight (gm): 470
"As the book reveals Somewhere Other is emblematic of Wardle's design process. Wardle and his collaborators have teased the threads from one creation to another and then another, each adding their own artistic idiosyncrasy. The `consequence' is this alien but magnificent creature, which no one could have foreseen." - Linda Cheng, Architecture Australia, Nov/Dec 2018
[John Wardle] John Wardle founded John Wardle Architects (JWA) in 1986. The practice is now a multi-award winner and spans three Australian states. JWA's portfolio includes houses, apartment and commercial towers, educational buildings and office fit outs. JWA has won the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for best public housing twice, the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for best residential project on three occasions and has twice been the recipient of the Victorian Architecture Medal. Other publications include This Building Likes Me (Thames & Hudson, 2016), Volume: John Wardle Architects (by Leon Van Schaik, Thames & Hudson 2008) [Rory Hyde] Rory Hyde is a designer, curator and writer based in London. He is currently Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne; and a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. Other publications include How to Make the Next City (Graham Foundation, 2018), The Future Starts Here (V&A Publishing, 2018), Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture (Routledge, 2012), The Vertical Village (MVRDV/NAi), 2011 and Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued (Archis, 2010). [Max Delany] Max Delany is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. He was formerly Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012-2016), and Director, Monash University Museum of Art (2004-2012), where he oversaw the development of MUMA's award-winning architectural premises on the Caulfield campus. Since 2011 Max has also held the position of adjunct Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University.