Mark Antony — The Lost Futures of Exchange project so far.

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Collider Creative Series artist in residence Mark Antony held an ‘Each One Teach One’ last week to further discuss his project in greater detail with BizDojo’s Market Lane community. Mark used this time to dive deeper into the interpersonal connections of the Market Lane space, it was super interesting to find out more about such a historic building which has been in operation one hundred years this year!

The Lost Futures of Exchange 

The Lost Futures Exchange is a project I am starting in 2018 to gather stories, dreams and remembrances of place in the central area of Wellington. This is an evolution of the Ghosting About project I did for my masters’ study. I will collect and interpret and possibly interrupt the memories of the public who are engaging with my project

Futures: The myriad of possibilities that could happen from this point.

Lost Futures: Futures that never came to pass.

Exchange: Coming together to pass between. We are here to gain from one another, each one teach one.

 The planning stages, exploring the building through the power of Google Maps. 

The planning stages, exploring the building through the power of Google Maps. 

Each One Teach One, the exchange. 

Marks intentions were to find out what futures the Market Lane residents have in front of them. The following questions were openly discussed during the workshop; 

What can you tell me about how you ended up here? 

Is this the first time you have had an association with this building? 

What various futures could come about because of you being in this space? 

What ghosts travel with you?

In return Mark’s gift in this exchange was that he would inform the participants what he had uncovered about The John Chambers building so far. 

I want you to learn about this place from me. Our futures are informed by our pasts, what have we brought with us, who have we brought with us and what ghosts we carry. Our futures are also informed by the things that never quite happened in our pasts, that misunderstanding that lost you an important relationship, that bus you missed that meant you didn’t get there on time, the time you had two options in front of you and you could only choose one. The nostalgia that crushes us. The things that didn’t happen, the “what if’s?” pull and push us forwards. — Mark Antony.

The story so far, a timeline of events. 

Early 1900’s. The building was constructed in 1918 for John Chambers and Son, an engineering firm. Preparatory work on the site had begun in 1915 when a permit was issued for the construction of the foundations. The Wellington building was intended to be a warehouse, workshop, and offices and the construction of what is essentially an industrial building on the periphery of Wellington’s commercial zone was a statement of considerable confidence on behalf of the business. The ultimate fortunes of the company are not known, but they remained in the building (at least partially) until the early 1940s.

Mid 1900’s. The building suffered earthquake damage and had to be repaired 1943. Air New Zealand had offices and a cargo store in this building from 1966.

Late 1900’s. The space was outfitted with offices for the NZ film commission in 1993. In 1995 Rialto cinemas took space on the ground floor and had 3 cinemas constructed.

2000’s. At the beginning of 2009 Rialto cinemas closed for the construction of a hotel and apartments that never happened. Xero entered into a nine-year lease in April 2012 with BizDojo taking over the lease in late 2017. 

This week marks the halfway point for the Lost Futures of Exchange project. Mark has uncovered a diverse range of memories and insights from the wider Wellington BizDojo community and has a notebook full of stories. He has now begun the task of crafting these stories into a physical form and during his last drop-in session at the Dojo, he started creating! We can’t wait to see this creation come to life over the coming weeks so be sure to keep an eye out on our socials or go find Mark yourself and check out the build in person. 

 Mark will be crafting a model out of cardboard & balsa wood as well as incorporating a digital aspect with the use of mini LCD displays.  

Mark will be crafting a model out of cardboard & balsa wood as well as incorporating a digital aspect with the use of mini LCD displays.  

Mark will be at BizDojo Market Lane from 1:00 pm every Thursday.