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13-24 June 2016 - Weekdays 07.30 – 16.30
The façade of the Laban Building (Herzog & de Meuron, 1997) is being re-created by artist Wolfgang Weileder as a performative time-based sculpture. Each weekday over the two-week period, passers-by can experience the choreography of the construction process as a form of architectural dance and spatial gesture whereby the shape and dimensions of a building are only momentarily revealed.
The construction team, provided by temporary structure experts Media Structures, will work through a process of simultaneous construction and deconstruction. The 40m long façade will appear section by section as the structure moves slowly across Montgomery Square until it is completed. Erected from white lightweight concrete blocks and supported by a system scaffolding structure, each section will be visible for a single day before being deconstructed and rebuilt as the next section in the sequence. The process will be recorded using time-lapse video and long exposure photography, capturing the entire façade as it materialises over time.
Working in collaboration with choreographer Charles Linehan and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a series of new dance performances will be developed in response to the work and presented on site each day during intervals in the construction process – for exact timings please check locusplus.org.uk or canarywharf.com/arts-events/.
The project is being realised with support from students at Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham and Havering Colleges who are engaging as volunteers on all aspects of the event, offering them an invaluable opportunity to learn new skills and engage with an exceptional art/architectural project. The Ytong blocks, supplied by Xella UK, will be distributed to the colleges after the event to be used for future training.
Transfer Laban has been commissioned by Locus+, in partnership with Canary Wharf’s Sculpture at Work programme and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is presented to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture 2016.
Transfer Laban has been realised with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Canary Wharf Group and is supported by Arts Council England and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
More info here.