'Watch This Space' – James Voller
'Watch This Space' is a four part photographic installation that examines the effect of population increases and gentrification in and around Abbotsford and the inner city.
The work places imagery of ubiquitous apartment blocks around the exterior of c3 and the main Convent building. 'Watch This Space' generates the illusion of apartment blocks emerging from the building’s facade, echoing the historic failed bid to convert the entire Abbotsford Convent site into apartments and private residential zones.
This work aims to create a conversation about how Melbourne will change during the rapid population increases expected over the next thirty years. As the city’s communities grow and change, so too will the buildings in which Melbournians live. Will other heritage and community spaces like the Convent have to shift and adapt as a result?
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s c3 Contemporary Art Space.