The Lost Futures Exchange
Mark Antony Smith
Property Partner: Bizdojo, as part of Collider/Bizdojo
3 Market Lane, Wellington
6 April - 30 May 2018, Thursdays 1pm-5pm
Images: Gabrielle McKone
The Lost Futures Exchange is a residency project where the artist gathers stories, dreams and remembrances of a place in central Wellington. Working as an artist in residence, Mark Antony Smith is working with other residents in the new Biz Dojo offices at 3 Market Lane talking to those who have had a connection with the site now and in the past, collecting stories in written, drawn and audio/video recorded forms. These records will culminate in a multi-media model of stories, dreams and animation.
“I will collect and interpret and possibly interrupt,” says Mark Antony Smith. “For me memory has a disruptive influence on the architecture and spaces we occupy. I use ‘ghosting’ as my framework to look through windows, peer into the past and imagine the future that never was. Ghosting means I am here now but reacting to the contexts of my memories. I see signs for places that no longer exist, recall other usages of spaces, different road layouts, and people I talked to that are no longer here.”
This project is also being supported by Urban Dream Brokerage’s 2018 peer to peer mentoring programme with Mark Antony working with theatremaker Leo-Gene Peters, of company A Slightly Isolated Dog who are currently on residence at Creative HQ.