|Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (OJAI Sud), modified tunnel postcard (2016)|
>>WHITE PAPER ON THE ABOLITION OF TUNNELS <<
Gary Farrelly concludes a residency of three months in the framework of the annual collaboration between AIR Antwerpen and RAVI Liège. The project, a joint venture with Chris Dreier under the banner of Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence was to collect video footage, anecdotal data and sound recordings in the two gigantic pedestrian tunnels that run under the River Scheldt in the city centre (Sint-Annatunnel and KennedyFietstunnel). The work was integrated into OJAI's previous site-specific body of work about tunnels in Dallas, Berlin, Naples, Preston and Wuppertal. The resulting video work, vinyl record (Music for Tunnels) and live lottery performance is presented as a single proposition entitled White Paper on the Abolition of Tunnels. The work addresses one of the central claims of the OJAI project – the assertion that architecture imposes itself on the human psyche primarily as a form of violence.