Sirius: Three Quarter View

Conflict of Interest

A filmic portrait of the Sirius Building shot on Black and White 16mm film and presented as a continuous projected film loop. The Sirius Building, wedged next to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney’s historic Rocks area, was designed in 1979 by architect Tao Gofers for the NSW State Government as purpose-built public housing. In recent times the brutalist styled building has become a symbol of lost utopian social thinking as the State Government sought to sell and redevelop the site to the highest bidder.  While it now appears that the future of the building is assured, due in no small part to a concerted community campaign, it is a future that will see the building re-imagined under the logic of capital. The Sirius is to be re-developed as luxury apartments and retail spaces, its concrete modular form a mere reminder of a time when the most vulnerable in society were deemed worthy of a harbour view.

Sirius: Three Quarter View was shown in Conflict of Interest an exhibition curated by Philipa Veitch at Knulp Gallery, March 2 -18 2018.