Ingesting Architectures

Sumayya Vally

Streaming on 24 Jun – available for 2 weeks


Pay What You Can (from £3)

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will be able to log in to LIFT’s digital player (either using your login details for our website, or via the link we will send you by email) to watch your chosen film, as well as the other films in the Scorching Sun, Rising Seas film programme:

Maria Thereza Alves, To See the Forest Standing, 2017 (excerpt)
Forensic Architecture, if toxic air is a monument to slavery, how do we take it down?, 2021
Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, The Teaching of the Hands, 2020
Sky Hopinka, Malni – Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore, 2020
Karrabing Film Collective, Night Time Go, 2017
Tabita Rezaire, Sorry 4 Real, 2017

2014, 2015, 2020, ongoing

13:15 min

A reflection on atmospheric violence

Architecture is a condensation and an overlaying of times, stories, field notes, excerpts, archaeologies and forensic samplings. This reflection on atmospheric violence weaves and traces together excerpts and discursive evidence of the inextricable connections between geographies, history, forces of labour, race and class struggles, capitalism, toxicity and climate change.

About the artist

Sumayya Vally is the Founder and Principal of the interdisciplinary research and architecture studio, Counterspace. Her design, research and pedagogical practice is committed to finding expression for hybrid identities and contested territories. She is in love with Johannesburg. It serves as her laboratory for finding speculative histories, futures, archaeologies, and design languages; with the intent to reveal the invisible. Her work is often forensic, and draws on performance, the supernatural, the wayward and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. Vally is presently based between Johannesburg and London as the lead designer for the Serpentine Pavilion 2020/20 Plus 1. Ingesting Architectures was presented in 2020 as part of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, a General Ecology project event at Serpentine, London.