The looping text and two videos describe the symbiotic relationship between a building and its building maintenance unit (BMU).
As the camera scans the digital model, it mimics the movements of a BMU over the surface of a building, creating abstract landscapes while methodically revealing the object from two angles, itself now a looming piece of architecture.
Within the text the sentences also loop – repeated, reordered and rephrased in a slick, corporate tone. The text borrows terms from nature documentaries about the symbiotic life of a shrimp and gobi fish, combined with phrases lifted from BMU user manuals. The appropriated vocabulary offers a different context to consider architectural maintenance and care.
…often host mechanical devices on their roofs, usually hidden from view by parapet or fibreglass cover. Building maintenance units, however, are often just visible on top of their host.
While there are some BMUs which are able to duck down into slots or burrows on their roofs, others sit proudly and extended atop their host. This building maintenance unit and it’s building remain in constant contact; they are never without one another post-construction.
The symbiosis between architecture and BMUs is one of many relationships that can occur in a city. Buildings often host mechanical devices on their roofs, usually hidden by a parapet or covered by fibreglass. Building Maintenance Units, however, are often just visible on top of their host, and several kinds exist, tailored to suit their building.
Considering the never-ending construction and reconstruction, the effort to maintain the relationship is an entirely necessary one, for if left to fend for themselves the surrounding shifting sand may consume the pair at any given moment.
The pair form a life together, they remain together and reside together; they are never without one another post-construction.
By teaming up, they have given themselves the best chance of survival...