Cut-up and Dérive with Seymour Arts and The Showroom Gallery (London)
I’m pleased to have been involved with Seymour Arts over the past few months – a collective of artists based at the West London Day Centre. Over recent weeks the group has been collaborating with the Showroom Gallery on its project with Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum: re-projecting (london).
The project involves a geometric shape designed by the artist, superimposed onto a map of the area surrounding the gallery (see image above). Seymour Arts were assigned point 4 on the map as it was close to their base. The group went on several dérives of the area collecting historical information, photographs, frottage and exploring the route prescribed by the shape. This resulted in a risographed annotated map showing points of significance along the route – a collective guide to the area unlike any kind of tourist map.
I contributed some photographs and a cut-up of text about the Paddington Borough Control nuclear bunker which is on the route. These are included in the publication and the exhibition at the gallery. I’ll also be in attendence on a public dérive on Monday 15th July – see below for full details.