Art Night 2017 to take over London's East End.
Art Night is a free annual contemporary arts festival that transforms London’s public spaces, secret venues and landmarks for one summer night in July. Each year, a leading cultural institution will be invited to work in a different part of London, exploring the area’s history, culture and architecture. In 2017, Art Night will focus on the East End in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and independent curator Fatos Ustek.
Audiences will experience a trail of art, architecture, dance and music from the early evening until dawn. This trail includes the following:
St. Katharine Docks
Charles Avery will show the objects and elements from his fictional 'Island'. For over a decade Avery has been mapping life on the Island, producing a psycho-geographic portrait of the place and its inhabitants. The commission will be composed of several elements, ranging from installations to the transformation of White Mulberries cafe into the bar of The Egg Eating Egret, and a poster campaign billed around the streets of the Docks.
London Dock & Dennis Severs' House
Jake and Dinos Chapman will create a new video installation 'The Misshapeness of Things to Come' in a listed warehouse at London Dock, accompanied by a live performance by Jake Chapman's band.
Benedict Drew will work with experimental musicians for a durational performance with video and live music as part of his major multi-media installation at Whitechapel Gallery.
Nicholls & Clarke Showrooms
Anne Hardy will create an immersive installation consisting of sound, sculpture and light in the former headquarters of the Nicholls & Clarke building.
The White Chapel Building
For the White Chapel Building, a recently redeveloped office space, Lawrence Lek will create a new computer-generated video exploring the Utopian potential of London's future workspaces.
Exchange Square, Broadgate
Working with local dance schools, Melanie Manchot will present a new commission that invites audiences to take part in a mass dance performance at Exchange Square, Broadgate.
A Club Night at Village Underground will feature artist Carsten Nicolai a.k.a Alva Noto and other DJs in collaboration with Boiler Room.
Masonic Temple, Andaz London
Lindsay Seers will present a video installation with performative elements in the ceremonial setting of the Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz London.
The Cass & Middlesex Street Estate
Turkish artist Gunes Terkol will work with Middlesex Street Estate residents to create a new work for the windows of The Cass, London Metropolitan University, and a permanent mural for the Estate.
Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge
Ian Whittlesea will invite audience members to take part in an illuminated meditation inside Tower Bridge's Bascule Chamber, inspiring them to see the world differently by descending into the depths of the Bridge.