A Series of works based on architecture, image, collectivity and breathing. Developed on residency at Passen-gers in March 2021

Residency #3 from Passengers on Vimeo.

Passengers is a site-specific exhibition series that explores the historical, social and material contexts of sites and architecture. For its inaugural series artists presented work sequentially to explore the real and imaginative associations of the Brunswick Centre – a Modernist, mixed residential and commercial development in Bloomsbury, London.

I made a series of images that blend analogue and digital imaging techniques to re-present the architecture of The Brunswick Centre as unfixed and responding to the needs of those that occupy it.

During the residency I worked with analogue cyanotype process (used for architectural blueprinting) and contemporary 3d imaging techniques to prodice a body of work that repositioned the architecture as a moving, breathing constellation of parts. The work manifest as a magazine with text by composer Bushra El-Turk, a film made with artist Nemo Nonnenmacher and a digital sculpture that was exhibited at AORA space.

In addition I collaborated with students from the Meng course at the Bartlett School of Architecture to make a series of structures for the camera. 

Breath [zine] (2021) Riso print, recycled paper. Text by Bushra El-Turk. 

Breath Fly-Through 1m from Benjamin McDonnell on Vimeo.

Breath [video] (2021) Made in collaboration with Nemo Nonnenmacher. full duration 6minutes. 


As installed at Passengers, The Brunswick Centre, London 2021

Breath [Sculpture] (2021) As installed in Aora Space 

Gallery_show4_FlyThrough_ben from Benjamin McDonnell on Vimeo.