Lesson 1, Topic 1
In Progress

Boudoir Babylon – Adam Furman & Sibling Copy

Theano June 18, 2021

Step One: Immerse yourself in the artwork

What is this artwork?

It’s numerous structures and wallpaper placed in the cafe on the ground floor of the NGV.

Designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman and brought to life by architecture firm Sibling Boudoir Babylon is a sensual celebration – in full technicolour made out of delicious and almost edible forms – of people mixing in and meeting in space, coming as singles, leaving as pairs, coming as pairs, finding their throuple, plus everything beyond and in between.

Step Two: Understanding the artwork

What are the artists trying to achieve?

A place where everyone can feel comfortable.

This project transforms NGV’s Gallery Kitchen by drawing inspiration from three spatial typologies – the boudoir, the salon and the club. Historically these special typologies provided locations where the identities of women, queer people and those who are gender-diverse – or having certain political or religious beliefs – could be expressed, exist and thrive.

This new space creates an area of comfort and delight for every individual, including those that may not feel comfortable or entirely safe in the public realm.

How do they do this?

The space is transformed with ludicrously vibrant scenography that embodies an exuberance and pride. Here spatial dividers, including screens, baffles, catwalks, and oculi, play with appearances of how people gather and socialise. By combining the spatial strategies of the boudoir, the salon and the club, a new type emerges: the Boudoir Babylon.

The result is the flamboyant scenography and décor of Boudoir Babylon and channelling the pop-fuelled spirit of the underground.

Step Three: Draw your own conclusions

In the Masterclass you will be introducing your peers who looked at other works to Megafauna. As such, it’s important that you feel comfortable talking about Adam Furman and Sibling’s work.

Create a document and take notes on the following prompts (150 words per prompt):

  • What interested you about Boudoir Babylon that made you choose to investigate it?
  • How would you explain Boudoir Babylon to someone who didn’t know what it was?
  • How successful do you think Boudoir Babylon is at achieving it’s goal – would you feel comfortable sitting on a table next to that for a coffee?