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Image: Caitlin Perry

The Fault Creep
The Fault Creep explores notions of tension and stress in the landscape, through investigations into the effects of tectonic activity. Australia is suprisingly moving faster than any other continent in relation to this occurance ( with the Indo-Australian Tectonic Plate progressing 65mm north each year). Professor Sandiford, a researcher at the University of Melbourne (School of Earth Sciences) suggests that the plate is breaking up and the Indian Ocean quakes are contributing to the creation of two separate plates. This dramatic occurrence is destined to cause a catastrophic reorganisation of the whole global plate network1 and have a signicant inuence on the earths landforms. The Fault Creep is a scenario based studio that aims to engage with the landscape as a voluminous, dynamic changing geology. Sitting between the themes of surface, geologies, and materials, it relies heavily on drawing and modelling as exploration devices and narrative generators. In particular the studio will engage with that of the science-ction genre as a way to generate future predictions. The Fault Creep is not only interested in the movement of faultlines but the continual subsurface transformation, its affect on the terrain and what we term landscape sideeffects, such as oceanic trenches, folded mountains, sliding plates, hot springs and bubbling mud. The studio investigates two sites within Victoria, exploring multiple time based/physical scales and occupations. One in suburban Melbourne and the other which is along the Selwyn fault line on the active Mornington Peninsula, which we will visit during the semester.
1} http://home.vicnet.net.au/~phillip/env2stud.htm

Cassie Lucas & Caitlin Perry Tuesday arvo 1:30-4:30 in building 88 Friday morn 9:30-12:30 in 8.12.42