Spoil and Fill
'Multi-story', 2014, Running time 13'30'', 16:9
'Spare', Running time 1' looped, 16:9
Spoil and Fill was a solo exhibition at studio1.1 in April 2014. The project was inspired by 80, Bishopsgate, a building I helped to rebuild after if was blown up by the IRA in 1993. In 2011 this nine storey facsimile was demolished to a make way for a new City tower. In the resulting film, Multi-story, the departed doppelgänger is gently redeemed, a memento mori to the spoil and fill of Capitalism. Multi-story was projected at an aspect ratio of 16:9 onto its own wall, constructed from 144 concrete test cubes, made by site engineers from across London and the South East.
The exhibition included The Reinforcements comprising a pop-up book by Marenka Gabeler, texts by Charmian Griffin, steel reinforcement cages, a plant, a photograph and a film; these works were developed in response to investigations into ruins, facsimiles and decay.
With thanks to no.w.here for mentoring during the project.
Spoil and Fill was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
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