Architecture and the use of space is both a response to our surroundings and a cultural construct, it gives shelter and transcends time connecting the present with our historical path. Too often architecture is merely understood as an object - a building. But architecture is more importantly an on-going process, it changes over time, transforms as it is used and alters by shifting contexts. Architecture is something we perform.
— Tor Lindstrand




tor lindstrand | balgo

As an architect Tor Lindstrand's interest and response to the history of the built environment of Balgo looks at how the recent colonial past still reverberates through the community, how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike still try to adjust to the impact of these structures.

From his residency and subsequent bush trips together with the artists from Warlayirti Artists, Tor gathered information about the old mission, sites and paths of importance and stone quarries for the institutions of Balgo.

His project for spaced 3 consists of two parts. The first a commission of paintings by artists from Balgo, showing histories and landscapes physically overlapping the sites of the old and the new mission. Secondly, a series of architectural survey drawings based on information found at the sites. Combined they tell stories about fundamental change of history, culture and everyday life.

About the artist

Tor Lindstrand (Stockholm) is an Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-A) and an architect. His practice oscillates between architecture, art and performance, in numerous cultural contexts with projects presented in institutions including, the TATE Liverpool, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Steirischer Herbst, the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Van Abbe Museum, VOLTA Basel, Performa New York, Royal Dramatic Theatre Copenhagen, NAI Rotterdam, Swedish Architecture Museum, Tensta Art centre, Botkyrka Art centre, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Together with choreographer Marten Spangberg he initiated International Festival, an organisation working within context specific projects spanning from buildings, publications, films, installations, public interventions and situations. In 2010 he founded Economy together with art director Jessica Watson-Galbraith, a practice dedicated to working in architecture, art, education and performance.

About the host partner

Warlayirti Artists is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous art centres, whose artists have a reputation for producing uniquely individual and vibrant artworks. Located in Balgo Community, on the edge of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in northern Western Australia, Warlayirti Artists, represents more than 200 artists across the three communities in the Kutjungka region – Kururrungku (Billiluna), Mulan, and Wirrimanu (Balgo).