A post-apocalyptic market place

The last time we participated in a piece by Juneau Projects, at Frequency festival, we found ourselves repeating solemn incantations about the ‘Infocalypse’, an address as part of a strange imagined world where information and technology has broken down.

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

Source: © Anna Arca, Courtesy Juneau Projects and Ceri Hand Gallery

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

The artist pair’s new project, Happy Redoubt, takes a similarly apocalyptic starting point and will see a space in London’s Somerset House transformed into a ‘post-apocalyptic market place’.

Within the installation, visitors are invited to participate in the surreal scene by creating and trading items, earning currency and gaining the skills they will need to ‘help shape a new future’.

Juneau Projects - Chapel of the Infocalypse at Frequency Festival 2013
Juneau Projects – Chapel of the Infocalypse at Frequency Festival 2013

As such, the design of the space will depend on the actions of those who visit.

The overall nature of the installation is inspired by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson¹s concept of the ‘infocalypse’, and what would be left behind as cultural artifacts in a post-apocalypse world.

 Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler, the artists who form Juneau Projects,  will be helping shape this future through creating a series of projection, sound and animation pieces, that work together to question ‘the rapidly increasing speed of technological development and its associated obsolescence’, according to the show organisers.

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

Source: © Anna Arca, Courtesy Juneau Projects and Ceri Hand Gallery

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

But it’s not all imagined, sci-fi fripperies. To create the piece, Juneau Projects has worked with King’s College students and academics in departments including Performing Arts, Midwifery, Neuroscience and Modern Languages, to shape the vision of what their particular take on the future might look like.

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

Source: © Anna Arca, Courtesy Juneau Projects and Ceri Hand Gallery

Juneau Projects ­ Ceri Hand Gallery Exhibition

As well as the artworks and designs within the installation, the space will also house a number of performances and lectures throughout its tenure.

Juneau Projects: Welcome to Happy Redoubt runs from 6 November ­ 15 December at King¹s Cultural Institute, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, Strand, London WC2R. Events will take place every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 2pm

Juneau Projects - Chapel of the Infocalypse at Frequency Festival 2013
Juneau Projects – Chapel of the Infocalypse at Frequency Festival 2013

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