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Ludic Subterannea

C Boyd

Published : 2016


Ludic There is something unique about art making that takes place underground—in drain tunnels, bunkers, or abandoned crypts. Dark, cavernous spaces offer urban artists the freedom to experiment with forms of expression apart from, but not excluding, the painting or marking of surfaces. One such expressive form is the practice of lighting fires. In an underground setting like a drain tunnel, fires become visual art. Urban explorers pour petrol into flowing storm water or over a tunnel’s surface to create different visual ‘performances’, each one a fleeting and ephemeral ‘event’ [1]. This series of research photographs document Panda’s creation of three ‘fire displays’ in a storm water dra..

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University of Melbourne Researchers