City Dell

Piasecki, Simon City Dell. [Show/Exhibition]

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City Dell was a directorial collaboration with Stephen Burke in which we aimed to place multiple cities in a small park, in a city, unfolding durationally over a five-hour period. The paper buildings of A Wonderful Engine heavily influenced it, but these were realised in actual landscape and in a larger, less fragile scale. The site was Queen Square – a small park surrounded by railings in a square of Georgian houses.

The work took a good deal of inspiration from Calvino’s Invisible Cities (1997) but further considered change and movement as a constant and opposite phenomenon to the notion of settlement; our settlers were neon-suited dancers that were tethered by bungee cord to various points around the small square park. They worked with a ‘kit’ of internally lit model buildings, working their way into the centre, stretching the chords, to build cities, to take down cities, to reconfigure environments. In this work, as a further development of the telescopic oppositions of Nightflight (2006) and A Wonderful Engine (2005), I wanted to place the audience both within and without, to objectify and subjectify synchronously placing my map of a city within a park within the actual city that loomed, lit for LightNight, all around: the outside inside the outside.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 11:34
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 13:18

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