Lennard Chen

Cultural division within the urban context can be perceived through clashes between groups of social classes - the privileged and the disenfranchised. Parallel Intimacy is an exploration of disjuncture caused by the physical and social condition of division that lies between the walls of the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and it’s surrounding urban fabric.

Through a series of interventions on the walls between those outside and those within, the concept of 'conceal, reflect and reveal' is explored to challenge attitudes towards youth justice institutions. The walls of the intervention reflect and conceal during the day to reveal existing stigmas and become transparent and disintegrate at night to explore opportunities for social integration between the public and inhabitants.

Parallel Intimacy aims to challenge society’s attitude towards juvenile delinquents by using thresholds to examine stigmas through the play and alteration of these thresholds.