A Woodmill project's inspired by a speculative diagram drawn by the late pyrotechnic sculptor Stephen Cripps. 32 years after his death, artists Ben Burgis, Stuart Middleton and Richard Sides re-imagine this unrealized drawing as an immersive site-specific installation.
A Woodmill production, conceived by Naomi Pearce.
The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores is a project inspired by a speculative diagram drawn by the late pyrotechnic sculptor Stephen Cripps.
Cripps (1952 – 1982) lived and work-ed in the riverside studios of Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey. His ‘Mechanical Garden’ drawing depicted an assemblage of scrap metal, broken machin-ery and other found objects reworked into a sculpted garden complete with mechanical flowerbeds, viewing platforms and water features.
Thirty-two years after his death, artists Ben Burgis, Stuart Middleton and Richard Sides re-imagine this unrealized drawing as an immersive site-specific installation in Dilston Grove, Southwark Park.
This collaborative work is activated by a series of performances by Bruce Gilbert, Anne Bean and Richard Wilson, Anne Imhof, Alina Astrova and Ashkelon. An audio guide – part soundtrack, part oral history – features interviews, archive footage, soundtracks and essays by writers and musicians including Alice Hattrick, Patrick Langley, Jonathan P Watts, Steven Warwick (Heatsick), William Raban, Laura Oldfield Ford, Simon Werner and Z’EV.
The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores engages with the garden as motif and metaphor, exploring its relationship to public space alongside cycles of growth, decay and regeneration. Contemporary artists, writers and musicians channel the spirit of Cripps’s antagonistic, spontaneous practice to create a sensory experience that contemplates the politics of ephemeral practices, the nature of creative influence and the city as artists muse.
CGP London is financially assisted by Arts Council England and Southwark Council. CGP London provides two contrasting spaces for artists to realise ambitious new projects: Cafe Gallery which is a modern purpose-built space comprising three interlinked ‘white room’ spaces and Dilston Grove, Britain’s first in-situ poured concrete structure, that provides with a cavernous raw space for large-scale installations and performance.
The Woodmill is a collaboratively run project established in Bermondsey in 2009. It supports artists through studios, residencies, exhibitions and events.
With special thanks to Ron Henocq, Hiranni Himona, Simon Parris, Mike Nelson and Oliver Basciano.
Event: 18th October, 4 – 8pm
An afternoon of live music and performance featuring Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Ashkelon, Bruce Gilbert and Anne Imhof + more. Tickets: £7.00.
Preview: Sunday, 21 September from 3 – 5pm.
Southwark Park, CGP London, SE16 2DD
Opening times: Friday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm
and by appointment.