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THE BUNKER – photos

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker   Photo: Matthew Hass

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker Photo: Matthew Hass

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker   Photo: Matthew Hass

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker Photo: Matthew Hass

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker   Photo: Matthew Hass

www.dontpaniconline.com/magazine/home/the-bunker Photo: Matthew Hass

www.thecentreoftheuniverse.org

www.thecentreoftheuniverse.org

www.thecentreoftheuniverse.org

www.thecentreoftheuniverse.org

www.flickr.com/photos/keepingitfake  Photo: Cian O'Donovan

www.flickr.com/photos/keepingitfake Photo: Cian O’Donovan

THE BUNKER at The Centre of the Universe

THE BUNKER

Private View on Friday 29 May 2009 – 6pm-9pm
(The environment is very damp. Please wear appropriate shoes.)
Where:
(The Car Park end of) Abbot St, Hackney, London E8, UK

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Not quite an exhibition, but a deep challenge to an environment. In an abandoned and unidentified post-war bunker, spreading out underneath Dalston, East London, this show is a response to the space it inhabits, and to the history it recalls.
THE BUNKER is propelled by the search for different spaces and modes of operation. Pushing our expectations for the future forward, we can trigger the motor of history to act, evolve and motion.
We have invited the following artists to activate the Bunker with us:

Pim Conradi
Pim Conradi’svisionstructures are visual sketches of an on-going research. Through his efforts, he aims to individuate structures that analyse the relationship between human life and the biosphere, and translate them into functional proposals that span from architecture to design. This is his first public appearance.
Pim is currently artist-in-residence at Area 10, London.

Jenny Moore-Koslowsky
Jenny Moore-Koslowsky is an artist, singer, song-writer and architect of the imagination. She navigates her work through allusions which are always mobile, questioning power relationships, disrupting balances and menacing comfortable confidence.
She has recently participated in ‘Contested Ground’,2009, at 176/Zabludowicz Collection, London; and has performed This is Impractical, for the exhibition ‘Gold&Delicious’, at The Apple Tree, London.
She is currently completing her MA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.

Justin Gainan
Justin Gainan’s practice is a continuous struggle with objects on the verge between uniqueness and rubble, obsession and quietness.
Recent shows he has participated in include ‘The Shortest Short Story Ever Written,…’. 2008, FormContent, London; and ‘ThirtyFive Hours’,2009, HFBK project space, Hamburg.

He is also completing his MA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.

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On the evening, there will be a series of tailored screenings from video-sharing platforms, as well as a programme of interventions that will follow throughout the duration of the show.
The show is accompanied by a selection of publications, and specially commissioned material that survey the area from a cultural perspective – which are freely available to the public.

The Bunker is open until late June, by appointment only. To arrange a visit, please contact catherine@thecentreoftheuniverse.org.
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THE BUNKER is a show curated by Catherine Borra.
THE BUNKER is produced by The Centre of the Universe, for and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland.
Very special thanks to the Bootstrap Company & Antoine Sandoz.

FRIENDS OF THE DIVIDED MIND

My seating sculpture will be shown at this exhibition.  Private View 17th March 2009, 7pm.

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Theo Adams
James Balmforth
Gareth Cadwallader
Francesco Chiaro
Olivia Hegarty
Jordan Hunt

The Centre of the Universe presents an untitled, yet heroic group exhibition, a performance by Jordan Hunt and a public artist’s salon.  The show is happening within an exhibition by graduating students from the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA course.

Jordan Hunt’s performance: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th March
Interconnected Echoes – Matthew Stone’s Artist Salon: 3pm Saturday 23rd March

18 – 29 March 2009
Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Open daily 11 am – 6pm, free admission.
Public information: www.cca.rca.ac.uk
or Tel: 020 7590 4444
Press preview: 17 March, 10am – 12 noon
Private view: 17 March from 7pm
A full list of public events will be available on the website: www.cca.rca.ac.uk

TENT CLOAK

tentRe-Dress are an organisation based in Dublin set up by three vibrant ladies Rosie O’Reilly, Kellie Dalton and Kate Nolan for the promotion of sustainable fashion and textiles in Ireland.

I participated in a project for their stand in the Green Area of Electric Picnic 08.  The brief was to ‘upcycle’ a tent into a garment.  I used an old 60’s British army tent with some high-quality original details which I preserved in the final piece.  The idea was to highlight the importance of intention in design.  If you do not intend that a product will be recyclable at the end of its first life-span, then the inevitable outcome for its life after recycling is a lower grade product.

Braungart and McDonagh in Cradle to Cradle use the example of recycled plastics being made into synthetic fibres for the use in clothing where the chemical content of those fibres was never intended to sit against the body and can in some cases be in fact harmful.  One of my original concerns was the suitability of tent textile for use against the body, and I contemplated creating an upcycled object for the project that was not necessarily wearable.  But I guess if you can sleep in a tent, you can wear it right? And either way, there are certain restrictions to upcycling which probably only apply on a mass-manufacture scale and the value of hand-crafted one-off pieces transcends all those concerns as there is automatically transparency in the process.

In aligning a tent with clothing, there are joint properties that can be explored – protection and shelter.  For this, I went with a cloak, as an object that is possibly inhabited more than worn.