Visual Tonic PROMETHEUS

Cole Projects works with #LexiVirtual to provide valuable relief with stimulating new video art every fortnight

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In these troubling times we need to unite and support each other, which is how we came to collaborate on Visual Tonic, a selection of video art that Cole Projects is curating for us. Cole Projects is a London based curatorial platform that discovers and exhibits international emerging and mid-career artists and they have put the call out to invite video artists to submit to this strand.  

From Fri 29 May for 2 weeks

Charlie Warde's Prometheus is a stop-motion animated film (with accompanying soundtrack by James Torrance) made from prints of West London’s Trellick Tower. Warde returned the two zinc plates from which the prints were etched to the acid between each ‘take’, so the film records the gradual deterioration of the process, reflecting the fading of Erno Goldfinger’s utopian blueprint for Modern high-rise living. Warde made a total of 228 prints; 217 were used to make the film, the edition corresponding with the 217 apartments in Trellick Tower. By way of democratising the work and including the residents, Warde delivered a print to each apartment with an accompanying letter outlining the project.

The V&A Museum acquired edition number 7 for their permanent collection; they made it ‘Print of the Month’ in July 2012. 

We're also pleased to say that Charlie is a Lexi local!

Warde’s practice is informed by the politics of urban planning and architectural intervention. He questions how the utopian ideas behind Modernism’s post war housing estates match up to their creators’ prescribed vision. He charts the decline of egalitarian belief systems, the building blocks to construct a better world, and laments their passing. He refers to the aesthetics of the clean lined architectural blueprint, interpreting this as bound up with the architect’s initial utopian fantasy. He then traced this through to actual buildings, the lived in reality of degraded and depreciated structures, dystopian concrete backdrops – the high-rise villains of London’s skyline. Torrance’s sound art is approached from the perspective of the flâneur. His field recordings encompass the structures and surroundings of urban communities to convey a sense of place. He filters and edits his recordings in the studio, accentuating the Ballardian potential of the city with haunting sonic undercurrents.

@charlie_warde / https://charliewarde.tumblr.com

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