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Theme Park of Mirage Heavens

Theme Park Brochure. Maluleke, V. Unit 19. 2021.
Theme Park Brochure. Maluleke, V. Unit 19. 2021.

Veronicah Maluleke

BArch Hons 2021

Unit Leader: Tuliza Sindi
Unit Tutor: Muhammad Dawjee
Unit Assistant: Lynette Breed

UNIT 19︎︎︎
The Act of Service: The Myth of Violence
Through the array of tools of the architect, such as “dressing” of space, seductive computer renders, conceptual designs, historical paintings, and intellectual programming, architecture can be applied as a tool that legitimises the illusory. 

The work explores the spatial performance of written and unwritten contracts, or the (un)said agreements within institutions of consent (such as religious, educational, or domestic establishments), and how what is made visible (i.e., built) renders credible the contents of what is unseen. The work questions the relationships that contracts have us build with each other through the institutionalising nature of space, and how these affect our societal and social programming.    

Through the legitimisation of the illusory within religious sects, associative institutional permissions legitimise acts of exploitation within them, such as sexual violence, financial exploitation, and manual labour.   

The work proposes a theme park of the myriad forms in which architecture is co-opted within religious practices, as an evidencing tool that formulates belief, rendering believers vulnerable to the exploitation of that belief. The theme park’s logic of use parallels the logic of charismatic church experiences, in an effort to reveal and unravel the absurdity of their leaders’ exploitative practices through the promises of heaven and divine rewards.  

Programming, Illusory, Consent, Institution, Charismatic, Heaven, Exploitation, Theme Park

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