Back in July, we spoke to Post Works about their No Stop, Statue, Machine film – an exploration of dystopic topics such as mind controlling infrastructure.
Now, the design and architecture collective is presenting another mind-boggling exhibition in the form of Just the Flip Side of the Wall, at The Architecture Foundation’s London project space, expanding on many of the film’s ideas.
The collective’s Melissa Appleton and Matthew Butcher are exploring the relationships between architecture, performance and the city; anthropomorphising buildings into weeping beings, in a world where infrastructure has the potential to be a conduit for human thought.
This exhibition has seen the pair using the space to create a series of theatrical props, using rigging, curtains and lighting to create a scene in which the architecture is reconfigured into humanised characters.
The backdrop they have created has the flexibility to be reconfigured and added to throughout the exhibition’s programme of events and interventions.
Just the Flip Side of the Wall is hinged on the central tenet that architecture has the power to catalyse events and allow the viewer to see the content of a city or a gallery in an entirely new way.
On the opening day, the space will feature drawings form the No Stop, Statue, Machine film, following the screening on the first night. Then, throughout the exhibition, artists and other creatives will be producing new works in response to the space, encouraged by Post Works to use the space of the exhibition as well as the environment of the city directly outside the gallery to create their work.
The artists’ creations in objects, structures, sounds and text will then be incorporated into the project space, making the exhibition a living, mutable organism that can evolve, acting as a physical record of the activities of the artists and the space itself.
There will also be a number of talks, lectures, film screenings and performances taking place, which will be announced on the exhibition’s opening.
Just the Flip Side of the Wall runs from 30 September – 29 October at The Architecture Foundation, Tooley Street, London SE1