Short documentary film about our project by Emma Crouch
At the end of last year I was pleased to present my first outdoor installation, at the Queen Elizabeth Park (the Olympic Park) in East London.
It was commissioned by UCL Culture in collaboration with researcher Dr. Tse-Hui Teh, who researches water infrastructures and especially the way that populations use and relate to water.
The project is not so much about water management technology, but the interplay between the individual and infrastructure, from our bodies to the landscape.
I’ve started a blog about the new project I’m working on.
I’m working on a new commission for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Trellis is a programme bringing together artists and researchers from UCL to create new public realm works to be shown for a short period in October 2019. Read a summary of the project below.
(Confusingly, the video above follows a different partnership, which wasn’t taken forward)
Dr. Tse-Hui Teh (Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning) and Dr. Lena Ciric (Senior Lecturer in Microbiology) are working with artist Amanda Lwin on a project that seeks to change people’s feelings about urine. As a society we’ve forgotten that urine is an incredible, free source of nitrogen – pee is regarded as a waste product and flushed down the drain, along with litres of drinking-quality water. Rather than consuming fossil fuels (in the production of ammonia) to fertilise our fields, while wasting both water and urine, the project proposes ways to celebrate urine as a useful, natural product linking our bodies to fertility, water infrastructure and the landscape.
The project involves the production of watering cans that double as (female) urinals which are, over the summer, distributed to allotment holders and community garden volunteers in the boroughs that surround the Olympic Park. In the autumn, the participants in the project gather at the Park to witness their vessels being festooned on a frame, which converts into a water fountain. A kind of temporary water fountain that disappears after two weeks, as the participants retrieve their vessels. The artwork becomes an ephemeral celebration of water, so essential to our cities yet so strangely invisible.
I’m pleased to be a recipient of an a-n artist development bursary allowing me to organise a basic electronics workshop for artists. The workshop will be in July with kind support from Platform Southwark.
This workshop is intended for people with little or no experience of electronics to start to develop practical skills that will be helpful in building interactive exhibits that include electronic elements. In two days we won’t make you a master, but we’ll help you get over the initial hurdles and feel comfortable building and experimenting with simple electronic circuits. Continue reading “Free electronics workshop for artists”
I did some pewter casting using the lost wax method. It’s surprisingly hard work!
Pleased that my work A Worldwide Web of Somewheres is being included in Google Expeditions, an immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world. Here’s the 360º photo that will be included.
The images look best on Google Photos’ website. See the rest of the artworks in 360º here – it works particularly well on smartphones.
I enjoyed their Q&A … Continue reading “A Worldwide Web on the worldwide web”
“It is by the intricacy of its regulations, which are attaining the complexity of an ecosystem, that it shows the way. Exactly the sort of experience that one needs to approach the ecological mutation that is straddling all borders”
– Bruno Latour, from Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime
Unreal Estates is an exhibition about home, and what it means to live in a place.
‘Witty, critical, thought-provoking and sparking off unexpected synergies’
‘Clearly a joyous thing’
Six artists have each been working with a fiction writer to respond to properties on the market within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, where the exhibition takes place. Their new collaborative works examine ideas of domesticity, psychological interiority, emotional space, and private histories.
Each individual artwork or text can be read as a standalone work, yet additionally complements its counterpart as collaboration. But even on top of that, when gathered together, the images and texts can be read another way. They also record the multiplicity, the textures, the dreams, imagination and memories of this city, now.
The homogenised aesthetic of property-as-asset is contrasted with the exquisitely rich and deeply personal interiors of fictional homes created by artists and writers.
As quoted by Hackney Citizen:
“You can read the exhibition as exactly what it is on the surface – a group exhibition of high quality work about domestic interiors. Indeed, the whole experience is nothing without the clever and delightful contributions of the artists and writers. It’s perfectly fine to leave it there. But when you turn it over and look at it a different way, it becomes something else. And you can carry on turning it and looking at it, and all these different interpretations and allusions interweave and fan out, into the wider city.”
I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new project, Unreal Estates.
An exhibition of newly commissioned painting and writing on the subject of domestic interiors, the project takes place in a working high street estate agency.
Gathered together, the works are a subtle comment on the state of the property market and the trend of property as investment, as opposed to a place where private lives are lived.
A new nomadic estate agency tours the UK.
First stop: London
EXQUISITE DOMESTIC FANTASIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY EXPERIENCED AGENTS
Ahead of the opening of her first curatorial project Unreal Estates (an exhibition which responds to the current housing climate held in an actual Dalston estate agency), we spoke to artist and east London native Amanda Lwin about her favourite spots. Read more >
At the end of Part I of our walking tour around the City of London I stood everyone down the steps to the Thames near Cannon St and talked about the Hanseatic League, Cannon St’s suburban services, BT Mondial House, waste disposal barges at Walbrook Dock, and Julian Baggini‘s ideas about systems, efficiency and Britishness.
Feedback from the tour:
‘Infrastructure & Superstructure’ was an eye-opener and Amanda’s expertise and enthusiasm inspiring. Thank you!
I attended Amanda Lwin’s walk and I thought it was amazing. I didn’t realise it would be based around history of the area/buildings which I was very pleasantly surprised about. Amanda was really sweet and to my surprise she took us to a few spots I wasn’t aware of – which is great!
We had a wonderful talk and tour by Amanda Lwin, on the infrastructure of the City of London. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. Amanda was knowledgeable, engaging and thoughtful, and had obviously put a lot of effort into preparing. The walk was fascinating and we learnt so much.
Pleased to be taking part in Nocturnal Creatures, an evening event hosted by Whitechapel Gallery on 21 July.
Free to attend and accessible to all, highlights of the programme include:
- An immersive audio-visual environment created by Tom Lock especially for a new building in Broadgate
- Hourly performances of Alexis Teplin’s mesmerising performance Arch (The Politics of Fragmentation) at the Whitechapel Gallery
- Artist-led tours of artworks installed across the surrounding area for the 8th edition of Sculpture in the City
- The premiere of audio compositions created in response to East End sites, Sculpture in the City x Musicity
I’ll be leading a walking tour of the City of London, provisionally titled ‘Infrastructure & Superstructure‘.
- New work from the Capricious Cartography series
- Sculpture in the City launches on 30 June
- Watch a London Live video – with a brief appearance from me
I hope you’ll be able to make it to see my latest work, A Worldwide Web of Somewheres, in Leadenhall Market until May 2019.
For some time I’ve been trying to find ways of making maps that are more mutable, shifting and unstable than traditional cartography (whose roots are often in authoritarian boundary-marking)
This work is partly inspired by Polynesian fishing nets, which I’ve been led to believe were also maps of wind and sea currents. In their lines and nodes, these nets reveal an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, that allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.
Here I am making my piece for Sculpture in the City.
The monochrome seems to bring out the mappiness (click to enlarge).
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in Sculpture in the City, a cultural initiative that turns the City of London to an urban sculpture park.
Exceptionally for this programme, which usually showcases already-existing works, I will be making this installation specifically for this site, Leadenhall Market, in the heart of the City.
The new work will be from my Capricious Cartography series – handwoven nets inspired by Polynesian fishing net-maps – which was developed from a Venice fellowship with the British Council.
Sculpture in the City launches to the public on 30 June and the new work will be up until May 2019.
This year, artists participating include Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. Previous years have featured Yayoi Kusuma, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor.
The selection jury this year was Iwona Blazwick (Director Whitechapel Gallery), Stephen Feeke (Director New Art Centre), Jane Allison (Head of Galleries Barbican) Wendy Fisher (Art Collector and Philanthropist), Robert Hiscox (Honorary Chairman Hiscox), and Whitney Hinz (Hiscox Curator).
Official Press Release (PDF)
Last year’s programme (PDF)
“A spider in a worldwide web of somewheres, London caught the world in lines of news.”
– Maya Jasanoff, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
I’ve just been awarded Arts Council funding to curate an exhibition and website about domestic interiors.
Six London-based painters will each work with a writer, together looking at a property being advertised within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, London E8 (where the final exhibition will take place). Working together, they will create an interpretation, story or narrative about this property – expressed through a series of images and a short text.
I’m incredibly excited to work with these artists and writers, each of whom makes brilliant work and I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce together.
Check out their work:
Part of the idea will be to tour this to other cities, with each iteration featuring local artists and writers.
British Airways have commissioned a short film about me and my practice:
It accompanies an artwork I created for the front cover of their First Class mag which uses the sculptural language developed in my series The Skyscraper Index to depict a fictive tower.
My studio in Wapping is halfway between London’s two skyscraper districts – the City of London and Canary Wharf. For this film we took a walk around the City on a cloudy day, and then visited the Stoke-on-Trent factories who make my metal sculptures. Lots of fun.