Production Line, The Industrial Estate, Eureka BritainHayward Gallery
Friday 22-Apr-2011 - Sunday 04-Sep-2011
An installation of cultural artefacts.
For the 2011 Festival of Britain celebrations, Southbank Centre asked the young design and architecture practice Black Country Atelier to explore the world of makers and engineers to give an insight into their lives, stories and ideas through photography and film. BCA are in the process of converting a barn into a workshop space and hub where inventors, designers and engineers can collaborate and explore new technologies. Production Line is a series of short films, each telling a particular story of production: from traditional iron casting, first pioneered in the Ironbridge gorge and still practised today, to modern automated production, and the story of new subversive technologies that have the potential to alter completely the dynamic between individuals and established industries. The Industrial Estate is an installation of fly posters with photography by Georgie Clarke, which questions the ubiquity of industrial estates whilst at the same time revealing unexpected individualities in their design. Eureka Britain is a series of portraits by Georgie Clarke, revealing makers and inventors at work in unexpected places of innovation, including kitchens and sheds. At the end of the 18th century, amateur scientists of the Lunar Society (including Erasmus Darwin, James Watt and Josiah Wedgewood) met every full moon to experiment with ideas that shaped a new age. Two centuries on, individuals continue to tinker and invent their own solutions to new and age-old problems, and across Britain, the spirit of making and invention continues apace.
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