Temporary public art in lost, forgotten and hidden urban spaces across Cardiff - Curated by Gordon Dalton. Ain t no love in the heart of the city places temporary public artworks in lost, forgotten and hidden urban spaces across Cardiff, as part of the Urban Legacies conference, exploring the role of artists and architects in shaping the public realm and effecting positive change. These temporary public art projects will be accompanied by an exhibition at the CBAT Gallery.
May 6th - 9th, 2004.
Temporary public art in lost, forgotten and hidden urban spaces across Cardiff - Curated by Gordon Dalton
Commissioned by CBAT The Arts & Regeneration Agency, as part of the URBAN LEGACIES conference.
Richard Deacon / Peter Liversidge / Alberto Duman / Lyndsay Mann / Pat Flynn / Nils Norman / K.O. Lab (Kendall Geers) / Joanne Tatham & Tom O Sullivan / Simon Pope / Jenny Savage / Richard Powell / Richard Higlett / Claire Price
Ain t no love in the heart of the city places temporary public artworks in lost, forgotten and hidden urban spaces across Cardiff, as part of the URBAN LEGACIES conference, exploring the role of artists and architects in shaping the public realm and effecting positive change.
The transformation of post-industrial cities is a multidisciplinary practice. The importance of imaginative and innovative approaches, as well as participation of and ownership by citizens are high on the agenda of municipal authorities and regeneration companies.
Somewhere, out there, in even the most developed city, are scraps of urban space that are empty, peripheral or simply wasted. They are the gaps between buildings, at the side of highways and byways, at the back of expensive developments and on your own doorstep. Large and small, open and closed, often just out of the public s gaze or consciousness, they exist in suburbia, shopping centres, back streets, parks and gardens, and in municipal communities everywhere. Somehow, someone has forgotten to care about these inner-city spaces. These unused plots of land provide a possibility for a creative intervention, however temporary or ephemeral, as part of the remapping and reinvigoration of these marginal spaces. The temporary nature of these interventions will allow further possibilities to follow, without the initial act becoming prescriptive or permanently correct.
This opens up a social and public space for where there is no wrong answer and there is no right answer where any attempt to highlight the space is seen as valid and raises questions about ownership, regeneration, transformation and the expectations of art in the public realm.
These temporary public art projects will be accompanied by an exhibition at the CBAT Gallery, and a limited edition 16-page newspaper, available free from the gallery and at the public sites.
1. Artist Info
K.O. Lab (Kendall Geers) will fly-post the city with posters bearing the word evil. In a specially designed font, Geers has reversed the word live . These posters will appear on poster sites that usually hide demolition sites. Geers has had recent solo exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as well as group exhibitions such as Documenta 11; The Short Century, P.S.1, New York; Trauma, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
Nils Norman will continue his current strand of research into the design and development of Adventure Playgrounds. Cardiff currently hosts an annual conference for the designers of such playgrounds and provides an excellent context for his research. Norman s recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge; American Fine Arts, New York. Group exhibitions in 2003 include Utopia Station, Venice Biennale; Mapping a City, Hamburg; Havana Biennale.
Pat Flynn is currently designing a software animation programme that will allow him to simulate the lottery balls as they spin around before being announced. This will be projected onto various urban spaces that are in the vicinity of both a lottery funded venture and a lottery ticket machine in a newsagent. Flynn s recent exhibitions include solo shows at The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; University of Central England, Birmingham and group shows at International 3, Manchester; Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
Alberto Duman has researched various sites within Cardiff and London and will investigate the twinning of waste urban sites. Duman is currently studying for a PHD, researching the use of landfill sites for places for public art and regeneration. He recently completed Sutton Walk, a gateway to the South Bank in London.
Peter Liversidge works across a variety of media using lo-tech DIY skills. Liversidge will be constructing a series of boulders from parceltape, which will be placed in the public realm. He is represented by the Paul Stolper Gallery, London, where he will show new work in November 2004, to coincide with his one man exhibition at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. He has recently exhibited at the Rare Gallery, New York, in Brand New and Retro , London, and at the Italian Cultural Institute, London.
Richard Deacon s latest works question the processes and materials used in public artworks. Urban Legacies has provided Deacon with the opportunity to take this to its (il)logical conclusion, by presenting objects that are vulnerable to everyday occurrences such as the weather, theft, vandalism and being ignored. Recent exhibitions include Dundee Contemporary Arts; Tate Britain; P.S.1, New York; Stedelijk Museum; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1997.
Simon Pope plays with the jargon and parameters of both conceptual art and city planning to highlight new ways of viewing where we live. Pope represented Wales at the Venice Biennale 2003. He has recently been awarded a prestigious NESTA Fellowship. Projects include IOD 4:The Web Stalker , winner of a Webby Awards 2000; Into the Web installation for Zaha Hadid at the Millennium Dome, London; Ice Cream for Everyone; London Walking: a handbook for survival and he curated the touring exhibition Art for Networks, for Chapter Gallery, Cardiff.
Lyndsay Mann s work places interior domestic objects in a public setting and vice versa, using decoration to highlight derelict spaces. Recent exhibitions include Transmission Open, Glasgow, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Hebden Sculpture Park. Mann recently launched functional arts a web based artist network.
Joanne Tatham & Tom O Sullivan are building a 5m high black mdf pyramid to be placed in an empty plot of land in view of the Wales Millennium Centre. The pyramid will have a comical face cut into the structure, attracting ridicule and further intrusions such as graffiti, questioning our perception and the use of art in the public realm. They recently exhibited at Zenomap, Venice Biennale; Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; Cubitt Gallery, London; Tramway, Glasgow.
Jennie Savage will present her proposal for a new local radio station for Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath. STAR radio will invite artists and local residents to make programmes to be broadcast at Urban Legacies II in 2005. Savage recently completed Anecdotal City, and archive of idiosyncratic local stories. Recent exhibitions include Glyn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; Chapter Gallery, Cardiff.
Richard Powell will become a postman in an attempt to deliver letters to various areas of Cardiff. This provides a framework to undertake a series of tasks such as finding defaced road signs, shortcuts and strange hedgerows. Powell recently exhibited as part of Site-ations, New York; Wysing Arts, Cambridge; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno.
Richard Higlett will be placing Â£100 worth of new pennies in various sites across Cardiff, gluing them to the floor in random formations. Higlett recently exhibited in Apropos of Nothing, G39, Cardiff; Waygood Gallery, Newcastle; Spike Island, Bristol.
Ain t no love in the heart of the city exhibition
6th May 10th June 2004, CBAT Gallery, Cardiff.
Open Tues - Fri 10am 5pm 3.
Urban Legacies 2 - day conference in Cardiff. Organised by CBAT, the Arts & Regeneration Agency.
6th 7th May 2004, City Hall, Cardiff.
Â£150 for two days (Â£120 for students/artists)
Call = 44 (0)29 2048 8772 for details Urban
highlights unique approaches to urban regeneration
proposes collaborations and multi-disciplinary approaches
asks questions about ownership and regeneration
communicates art, architecture and design to a wider audience
rediscovers lost, forgotten or hidden urban spaces
Stefan Rettich, Karo Architects, Leipzig
Jeroen van Westen, Artist, Enschede
RuairÃ O Brien, robarchitects, Dresden
Harries/HÃ©der, Artist/Architect, Boston
Adam Caruso, Caruso/St John, London
Francesca Ferguson, Urban Drift, Berlin
General Public Agency, London
Chris O Neil, School of Art and Design, Cardif 4.
CBAT The Arts & Regeneration Agency
CBAT is a Cardiff-based, independent non-profit making commissions and consultancy agency with over 13 years experience. Its mission is to enliven the built environment, supporting sustainability, education and civic ownership by procuring a primary role for artists in regeneration schemes across Wales, the UK and internationally. CBATs main concerns are environmental, industrial regeneration and renewal, commissioning permanent works, landmark structures, alongside temporary and ephemeral art works, publications and the encouragement of work by younger artists. Recent projects include Deep Navigation, Stefan Gec; Breathing In, Time out, Jeroen Van Westen; Soil & Seawater, Melanie Jackson; Tide of Black Diamonds, Lilian Roosenboom as well as public art strategies for Cardiff County Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Essex County Council 5. Gordon Dalton Curator
Gordon Dalton Curator
Ain t no love in the heart of the City
Dalton is an artist, writer and curator based in Cardiff. He was Visual Arts Coordinator for Cardiff 2008 Ltd delivering the short listed bid to be European Capital of Culture. Along with architects Caruso St John, he initiated and developed DEPOT a new 3000sqm temporary contemporary arts venue in Cardiff. Recent curated projects and exhibitions include Masters of the Universe, Chapter, Cardiff; We interrupt your programme, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle/Changing Rooms, Stirling; Sympathy, Keith Talent Gallery, London. He contributes to Contemporary, [a-n] magazine, Miser & Now and the Western Mail.
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