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Pilbara Interregnum: Seven Political Allegories

  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Amaia Sánchez-Velasco (Salamanca, Spain, 1985)
lives and works in Madrid, Spain

Jorge Valiente Oriol (Madrid, Spain, 1984)
lives and works in Madrid, Spain

Gonzalo Valiente Oriol (Madrid, Spain, 1982)
lives and works in Sydney, Australia


The Pilbara is an immense, arid, and thinly populated territorial crust in the north of Western Australia. Since the first colonial incursions, just 160 years ago, the progressive ‘discovery’ of its rich mineral deposits has transformed the region into a spatiotemporal battlefield of expulsions, explosions, and exploitation, papered over by the colonial ‘development’ myth. In fact, despite its label as ‘the powerhouse of the nation’, the Pilbara still suffers from significant infrastructural underdevelopment and high rates of racialised social exclusion.
Pilbara Interregnum, GRANDEZA STUDIO’s contribution to The Laboratory of the Future, takes the opportunity offered by the current energetic paradigm shift to put in crisis the extractivist, colonial, and capitalist mythologies that are turning this region, and the rest of the planet, into sacrificed areas. A constellation of seven political allegories re-stage the Pilbara by moving it away from a resources-extraction battlefield into an epistemological war of political imagination.


Authorial collaborators
Caitlin Condon, Laura Domínguez Valdivieso, James Feng, Jordi Guijarro Contreras, Miguel Rodríguez-Casellas
Technical collaborators
Juan Carlos Castro-Domínguez, Fab Lab Universidad de Alicante (Model Fabrication), Juan Carlos Cembreros Llopis (Cinematography on Stage in Alicante), Bastián Durán Silva (Model Making and Logistical Support), Diego Lipnizky (Sound Design), Esteban Lloret-Linares (Film Editing Support), Emma Johnson (Copy Editor), Bruno Salas (Cinematography on Stage in Chile), Raquel Vázquez Romero (Model Making, Audiovisual and Costume Design Support)
Voiceovers: Caitlin Condon, Charles Curtin, Minhee Curtin, James Feng, Bana Hankin, Brooke Jackson, Andrea Lam, Gigi Li, Sammy Nazam, Vina Aurellia Purwantoro, Laura Touman, Gonzalo Valiente Oriol, Xiao Hong Zhen
Acting: Melena Androide, Laura Domínguez Valdivieso, Jordi Guijarro Contreras, Aintzane Méndez Zalbide, Amaia Sánchez-Velasco, Jorge Valiente Oriol, Raquel Vázquez Romero
With the additional support of
Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana through the program “Cultura Resident” at Centro Cultural Las Cigarreras in Alicante, Spain; Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Spain; School of Architecture at the Campus Creativo of Andrés Bello University (UNAB) through the program “Residencias Remotas”, Santiago de Chile - Viña del Mar, Chile; Fab Lab Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, Spain; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; University of Sydney, Australia; BFI National Archive, UK; Excerpts from “Operation Hurricane” (Ronald Stark, 1953) courtesy of BFI National Archive, UK

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