Australian Video Art Archive

Geoffrey Weary


Failure to Materialise

00:13:36 1988

Failure to Materialise is a mediation on ruins and their collapses: on the failure of fragmentary ruins to open a passage out of nostalgia. The demolition of the Anthony Hordern Department Store is rendered as a blurry mirage of tonally muted images of the once great Victorian edifice. Recordings of music and voice-over point to an interior monologue that speaks of dreams, illusions and failures embodied in an exterior of ruin and disappearance.

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