Suspended Activation


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Image: Anthony Richardson

‘Suspended Activation’, designed by the Stockholm-based architecture office Secretary, is a spatial installation that explores the potential of what a playground can be and do, in the pressurised performance culture of late capitalism. Playgrounds and gyms share a mix of standardised equipment and pre-programmed activities; yet neither address the body at rest. ‘Suspended Activation’ produces a space for the recuperation, recreation, and relaxation, of bodies small and large. Repurposing the materials of fitness and physio equipment, the woven platform(s) holds bodies in suspension, allowing them to resist the call to programmed activation and find their own recreational posture.

Design: Secretary; construction: Ellen Sayers Fabrication.

In collaboration with

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.