Repurposing Nostalgia

2016
Petri #4: Repurposing Nostalgia

9th & 10th, 16th & 17th January 2016
42 Petain Road

In 30 years, cities had been rebuilt anew. Hill s and streams give way to towers and highways, beaches lost, and valleys vanished. Lost islands, rivers and entire villages may still be vi si bl e as cadastral lot lines, or an unusual kink i n a road. Through cartography, we can trace t he development and decline of environments, and track interesting remnant s of t he past in t he present. Each line on the map manifest s as an object on site and as a record of t he past. I n t hi s work, I traced ol d maps using CAD. In using technology to capture the past, a dialog between the past and present processes is opened. As I ponder what it was like to live in that time, I imagined a fictional narrative and architecture for an alternate past. These structures symbolise the mysterious and curious lens which we often use to look at a distant past, and the often romanticised and inaccurate inferences we draw upon as visitors from another time.