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The Adelaide//International again presents a fascinating cluster of must-see exhibitions, this time exploring architecture and how it shapes our experience. The centrepiece is Somewhere Other, Australia’s contribution to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by John Wardle Architects in collaboration with Natasha Johns-Messenger. This intriguing and beautiful structure made of timber (spotted gum, with its colour, grain and scent redolent of the bush), draws the viewer in to explore its mysterious passageways only to open up to unexpected vistas.

Belgian artist David Claerbout’s monumental real-time moving-image work Olympia charts the disintegration into ruins of the Berlin Olympic Stadium over the course of one thousand years while First Nations artist Brad Darkson’s sound and sculptural work is a critique of antagonistic systems and architectures. Startling and graceful juxtapositions of architecture with the human form by Zoë Croggon, Helen Grogan and Georgia Saxelby also feature. At the adjacent SASA Gallery, Matthew Bird responds to the Adelaide//International with Inspiral, a speculation on the afterlife of architecture.

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