Landing One


Landing #1_Mojave Desert Mojave Desert, California, USA

A performative installation in the Mojave Desert to test the mesmerising geometries of The Integratron by replicating them on the desert floor. Armed with ‘marking’ materials of pegs, reflectors and builders line sourced from a local Home Depot I built a radial landing site in an attempt to communicate with the supposed aliens. And the aliens did arrive in the form of a ‘desert-rat’ - a menacing alien appearing from nowhere on trail bike with tattoos and rifle. The surreal experience was amplified with the desert-rat circumnavigating the landing site with doughnuts and burnouts. This important and dubious moment was at once conceptually compelling for the project and near-death terrifying. The Integratron is a small architecturally considered project built in the 1950s by unusual means to communicate with aliens. Yes aliens. Apparently its builder had an encounter with extra-terrestrials who gave him blueprints to construct a perfectly composed dome, both acoustically and aesthetically, with a central oculus and sixteen radial apertures.

Landing #2_Luxembourg Bock Casemates, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Series of performative installations in Luxembourg. To test geometries and materials in a performative narrative. Armed with materials of rocks, reflectors, blankets cement mixers and builders line a series of radial landing sites were built in an attempt to recreate an immersive abductive experience. To test utopian ideas. A ‘collaborative’ nature transformed the project from a top-down approach to a ‘community of ideas’ allowing a team to iteratively develop the project into an ‘architectural performance’ outcome. As a group we spent hours nurturing a participatory way of constructing a utopian space interconnected with further ideas of vibrational energy, alien encounters and abduction. Many developmental installations were created, testing further materials both within the studio environment and around the historic urban city of Luxembourg.

Landing #3_Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

Working with the experiences and outcomes of two pervious performing art/architecture guerrilla installations Landing#1_Mojave Desert & Landing#2_Luxemebourg this third and final instalment offered a new urban aerial context atop a CBD high-rise building. Elevated one hundred metres above street level. Landing#3_Melbourne tested geometries and materials in a performing arts narrative. Armed with materials of rocks, reflectors, blankets, cement mixers and builders line a rooftop radial landing site was crafted in an attempt to create an immersive abductive experience. An anonymous figure (Phillip Adams in unidentifiable motorbike attire) performed instinctual neo-dada movement within the installation experimenting with an alien ‘unknown’ existence. Photography: Igor Sapina



Phillip Adams (Phillip Adams Balletlab) and Matthew Bird (Studiobird)