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Exhibited at Bus Projects

Naveed Farro, 'There are terrestrial landscapes on my bed'

DATES: 1 - 25 MAY 2024

There are terrestrial landscapes on my bed is a collection of point-cloud animations derived from LiDAR scans. The work explores psychogeographies of space and place in the inner northern suburbs of Narrm/Melbourne.

Roland Barthes famously wrote that “the nature of a photograph is not to represent but to memorialise.” What is the nature of a LiDAR scan? Multitudes, probably. We can only vaguely speculate on future uses of this technology. Farro’s scans of Vice and Brunswick offer one vision. The works are a perversion of the LiDAR scanner’s primary purpose—to replicate the exact spatial dimensions of an area. Instead, his practice is a memorialisation of peripheral suburban mundanity, one that runs in opposition to common uses of the technology, such as documenting a building site or a ruin of Great Historical Significance. In those scans, human presence is rendered important only in absence, in the service of the towering, depersonalised achievements of built longevity. In Terrestrial Landscapes, human presence is centred. The stills mutate against precision. Farro could remove the glitched figures with a tool designed exactly for that; he doesn’t. He could smooth over the warped negative spaces; he doesn’t. By fucking it up, or rather refusing to enact the illusory process of unfucking it up, Farro refutes the idea of technology as a tool of objective capture. Questions of accuracy are superseded by questions of epistemology.

This is an edited excerpt from Cameron Hurst’s 2020 text on the work, where she reflected on community, knowledge, data, and daddies. 

Access the full essay here:

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"A1_Bakery" 2020

Excerpt from There are terrestrial landscapes on my bed series

Colour digital video, 4 min loop



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