Days A Week 2000 : UP IN THE AIR
ARTISTS AT WORK IN THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN LIVERPOOL, WEEKS BEFORE
Cologne artist Dirk Konigsfeld is one of ten international artists
involved in this unique four-week residency project in Liverpool this
Up in the Air
will engage the local residents of a block of high rise flats, Kenley
Close, in Sheil Park, North Liverpool. The residents will be going
through a major transition in their Iives.They will literally be moving
from having a vertical street to a horizontal one: moving from a high
rise block, that has been their home for many years, to new bungalow
accommodation on the same site.The objectives of this artist-led project
are to get artists from a broad range of media to produce work about
During the month long residencies, the artists will live and work
at Kenley Close, responding to and engaging with the lives of the
people on the estate and the spaces they inhabit. Although from a
diverse range of practices - including sculpture, photography, comic
books, painting and architectural models-the artists share a common
interest in transforming everyday information.
Dirk Konigsfeld seeks out homogenous modernist buildings common to
every city and photographs these archetypal urban spaces at night.
Using street lamps as his only light source he transforms mundane
places into images of uncanny visual beauty. Other artists in this
Year of the Artist project are Grennan & Sperandio, George Shaw,
Kelly Large and Rebecca Shaw, Leo Fitzmaurice, Neville Gabie, Philip
Reilly and Chloe Steele.
To see the project in action and to arrange a visit, ring 07940 759245.
An exhibition (4-11 November) will mark the end of the artists' residencies
and coincide with the evacuation of the block, and a publication will
be produced in 2001 with critical texts and input from the residents
as a more permanent reminder of this transition.
This project has been developed as an artist-led initiative with the
support of Year of the Artist, Liverpool Housing Action Trust, CDS
Housing Association, Cruden Construction, Bluecoat Gallery, North
West Arts Board.