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Charlie Sofo

Cracks, Faults, Fractures 2012
digital video, colour, sound; 2 minutes 8 seconds
Monash University Collection

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Lowered perspective, a dog’s eye view.
69 seconds, 2,484 frames of digital colour footage, stereo audio.
Likely to be played on a loop on a television in a gallery.

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Made on Wurundjeri land. An unstable grounding on stolen country.
‘Beneath the pavement, the beach!’ echoes from the Situationist catch cry of ~1968
Or the foundation, stormwater drain, pervasive infrastructure.
One of the goals of plumbing is to remove waste from the city to Elsewhere.

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We’re in a mostly stable rhythm,
The body’s weight is a percussive force.

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We have walked almost countless kilometres with Charlie Sofo over the many years of being in each other’s lives, likely more than with anyone else. Debris Facility’s feet feature three times (in differing footwear).

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Concrete poethics. Disjuncture of footholds.
The agitation of moving and not moving forward. Rocking back and forth.

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Twenty-three different instances of people (friends who have been invited in to perform the task for camera). Relationality is always a material scaffold for cultural production.
Filming during daylight hours only.

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The texture of the street, some interior spaces.
Public-private-partnerships (who feels at ease in public spheres, who is unsafe).

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Our weight shifts from one leg to the other, the balance is kept via a constant feedback loop. The muscles that orient our balance and sense of gravity are located in the ears.

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Checker plate steel, concrete aggregates, bluestone, wooden floorboards, cement tiles, linoleum, drainage grill, etcetera.
The fissure approaches to pierce the material-imaginst illusion of cohesion.

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‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, Edgar Allen Poe, 1843, a haunting is location-specific.
Itchy compulsion to pick at a scab: the wound as a fulcrum.

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Incomplete index. This work returns when you next tread upon shifting ground, including your body in its echo.
Weight displacement.

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(Mostly avoiding) a shoe advertisement.
Inhabitation, and the role artistic labour has in gentrification.

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Non-metronome time keeping, loose loop of repetition.

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Foley effects sample pack.

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A ‘Manhole’ is an access point to confined spaces of infrastructure.
To find liveliness in the cracks, enacting the weed as a method.

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Placing ourselves in displacements.
‘Desire lines’ is a behavioural lineage.

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Warning: Trip hazard. Slippage.
Uneven terrain makes less accessible movement.

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Creek Creak Crack.

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A crack turns one object into two, or more. It replicates, reproduces, opens a gap from which im/material flow can occur.

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The sound of footsteps is how another may locate your movements.
The sneaker attempts to avoid surveillance.
A stiletto is a heel to elevate, and a knife blade to cut.

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It’s quite difficult (impossible) to stay still on a rotating planet.
‘Treading water’ is used to avoid drowning.
A fault line rearranges the earth, shuffling tectonic plates.
Seismic shifts are an everyday occurrence.

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Kissing the ground on which you walk is an act of devotion.

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Debris Facility Pty Ltd is a para-corporate entity foundead in 2015 to interrupt value exchanges using a range of tactics within and beyond cultural production. Institutionally affiliated with Liquid Architecture and the Victorian College of the Arts, they work 24/7 on stolen land.