Embodied Landscape (2019-2020)

In this collaboratory project, Maryam Muliaee and Naila Ansari are using film, dance and locative media to reflect on the history of a lost architecture: The Marble Temple. An iconic building of M&T’s former headquarters in Buffalo, the White Marble Temple was built in 1913 on the site of the Townsend Block at 268 Main Street, with four stories high and the interior finished with white marbles. The building was demolished in 1959 and its marble columns were partly preserved: some are now standing at Baird Point next to Lake LaSalle on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus where they were dedicated as a memorial to servicemen and servicewomen; the rest remnants of the columns remain in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, at the site of Wilkeson Pointe Park.

In two parts, this project presents a film and a locative media for in situ experience at Wilkeson Pointe Park. The film features a sensory, tactile and imaginative relation between different bodies (the female body and bodies of marble stones). The visitors are also privileged to experience the film, sound compositions, and narration as a locative media piece on their mobile phone while navigating the site.

concept & film: Maryam Muliaee

performance & dance: Naila Ansari

director of cinematography: Mani Mehrvarz

an old postcard showing The Marble Temple 
a remnant from building’s column
Google Map shot showing the marble stones alining the water border
zones of digitally planted sounds and videos

stills from the film

© Maryam Muliaee 2019