Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening
A project by Doug Aitken
Art Gallery, The Curve, Concert Hall, Cinemas, Lakeside Terrace and
Saturday 27 June – Sunday 26 July 2015
Supported by BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES
Creative Partner: THE VINYL FACTORY
Supporting Partners: Focusrite, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Media Partners: Dazed, FACT
Learning Partners: London Film School, Roundhouse Radio
Today, 26 May 2015, the Barbican announces further programming details for Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening — American multi-media artist Doug Aitken ’s experiment in spontaneous artistic creation taking over the Centre’s indoor and outdoor spaces (Art Gallery, The Curve, Concert Hall, Cinemas, Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court) for 30 days this summer from Saturday 27 June.
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Station to Station features over 50 performances, 20 residencies, rehearsals, workshops and talks involving more than 100 international and UK-based artists from the world of contemporary art, music, dance, graphic design and film. A ‘living exhibition’ encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists from different backgrounds, the month-long event includes FREE access for visitors to all daytime activities, with special ticketed evening performances in the Art Gallery, Cinemas and Concert Hall.
Doug Aitken said: “Station to Station is a platform for progressive culture and new artistic experimentation. It will be amazing to see Station to Station come to life in London in such a unique, multi-arts environment as the Barbican. This is a living exhibition with artists of all mediums, creating unique works and unpredictable encounters every day.”
Throughout Station to Station, the Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court host outdoor installations: immersive yurts designed by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fischer, Liz Glynn (who is on site to give performative lectures on theories of the universe and human experience) and Ernesto Neto; Olaf Breuning ’s multi-coloured time-based smoke performance (Thursdays to Sundays, evening and afternoon); and late evening screenings of Winslow, Arizona 9/19/13 – Stephen Shore’s photographic slide show of 180 images shot over one day .
In response to the dynamic architecture of the Curve, Los Angeles-based digital artists Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank present a new interactive laser commission, Light Echoes. Visitors enter the Curve, transformed into a dark, immersive environment. Led through the space by shifting projections, their movements are tracked and revealed in a finale as abstractions. Light Echoes runs until 6 September 2015.
Station to Station at the Barbican builds on Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project which crossed North America by train in 2013 travelling 4,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific over 24 days, creating a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration through a series of events in major cities and off-the-grid locations, with London being its next iteration.
The Vinyl Factory Recording Studio captures new music and live performances, some of which are pressed by The Vinyl Factory’s mobile pressing unit The Vinyl Factory Press as part of the limited edition copies of Station to Station vinyl records daily. Installed at Silk Street Entrance, The Vinyl Factory Press presses more than 6000 copies of 20 different albums over the month, including those by resident musicians and previously unpublished recordings from the first presentation of Station to Station in the US. Musicians include: Cold Cave, LoneLady, Thurston Moore, Terry Riley and Suicide among others.
Vinyl records are sold in the gallery shop and feature artwork produced by resident graphic designers Fraser Muggeridge and Åbäke .
Highlights of the Station to Station programme include:
(For the full line-up, schedule and latest updates visit: www.barbican.org.uk/stationtostation)
MUSIC RESIDENCIES & PERFORMANCES
Boredoms lead an 88-cymbal-players performance in the Concert Hall; New York-based artist Hisham Akira Bharoocha who works musically under the name Soft Circle and London exploratory project patten will be in residence for two days in the Music Studio; J. Spaceman (Spiritualized) performs a new score live to a screening of William Eggleston’s seminal 1974 film Stranded in Canton; musician and multi-media artist EMA is in residence in the Art Gallery for three days, culminating in the immersive performance/installation I Wanna Destroy (Sacred Objects From Suburban Homes), featuring music, visuals, and a bespoke virtual reality environment for Oculus Rift designed with collaborator Zach Krausnick incorporating virtual copies of visitors’ sacred objects from their homes ; Demdike Stare and Michael England create new visuals for a live performance as part of an evening curated by NTS; Suicide present new music and classics from their back catalogue in A Punk Mass event in the Concert Hall; resident in the Art Gallery for five days, LoneLady develops new music and visuals inspired by concrete and brutalism, presenting this new material during an evening performance; also in residence, Mica Levi works on six new pieces for Moog Soundlab UK modular synthesiser, before a world premiere live performance by Eliza McCarthy as part of an evening event; Terry Riley is in residence for five days in the Art Gallery, writing music for an ensemble featuring brass, toy pianos, percussion, prepared piano and children’s choir, culminating in a Concert Hall performance of new material; ‘maximalist’ composer Charlemagne Palestine premiers INTERRVALLISSPHERE ii , a durational performance for analogue synths in 3 parts, performed during a one-day residency; during the closing weekend, Savages collaborate with A Dead Forest Index and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome on a new audio-visual performance incorporating live sound and lights.
ARTIST RESIDENCIES & PERFORMANCES
For the duration of Station to Station, Tal R brings his Rosa Pagoda woodblock printing studio to the Art Gallery: at the weekend, visitors can sip pink lemonade whilst magenta prints are being created; d uring the opening weekend, Pedro Reyes hosts a two-day event in the Art Gallery entitled Spiritual Speed Dating, where invited spiritual figures from various religions, lifestyles and teaching groups discuss spirituality, sharing rituals and offering the public a chance to learn more about spirituality and creativity, while Tal R sets up an itinerant cookie-fortune tent, inviting artists to consult with him in the dark about their creative blocks; Jeremy Deller with percussionist George Barton present Factory Records live, two weekend Art Gallery performances with thanks to the North West Sound Archive in Lancashire; during a three-day residency, Martin Creed rehearses a new performance piece including painting, music and choreography, with a Saturday evening performance featuring his band and dancers; Marcus Coates is resident in the Art Gallery five days a week throughout Station to Station, presenting his interactive project Answer Painting, where the artist responds with oil paintings to issues presented to him through intimate one-to-one consultations; Albert Oehlen joins Station to Station for a one day painting performance; Anri Sala is in residence in the Art Gallery for three days, working with overtone singer Anna-Maria Hefele on merging two well-known pieces of music (The Internationale and La Marseillaise), presenting the results in short performances throughout the day.
Choreographers Ann Van den Broek, Siobhan Davies Dance, Trajal Harrell and New Movement Collective (with ScanLAB Projects and cellist Oliver Coates) take over the Art Gallery for a week each, rehearsing, developing new material and performing. Siobhan Davies Dance is joined by artist Jeremy Millar, neurologist Jonathan Cole and five dance artists, working on a new piece exploring the relationship between thought and movement. This residency also includes performances of the 2013 work Manual – investigating how language transforms into gesture when audience members are invited to help a dance artist to stand up using verbal instructions. For one evening during her residency, Ann Van den Broek and her dancers present The Black Piece, a work performed in darkness. For the culmination of his residency, Trajal Harrell presents an evening performance of his piece Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M).
FILM SCREENINGS AND RESIDENCIES
Introducing Station to Station, on Friday 19 June the Barbican hosts the UK public premiere of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station feature film, a high-speed road trip through modern creativity comprised of 62 one-minute films documenting the 2013 journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Doug Aitken, hosted by Miranda Sawyer.
Previously unseen footage from the film is projected on to six floor-to-ceiling 4-metre high screens throughout the 30 days of Station to Station as part of an immersive Art Gallery video installation, with live resident DJ-VJ Austin Meredith orchestrating visuals and sound. This digitally expanded-cinema installation also shows works by contributing artists and filmmakers including Francis Alÿs, Kenneth Anger, Yayoi Kusama, Angelica Mesiti, Raymond Pettibon, Gus Van Sant and Fischli & Weiss among others.
Film-makers creating content as part of Station to Station at the Barbican include: award-winning directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard in residence to create a new film inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost, capturing the architecture and atmosphere of the Barbican, with rushes presented alongside a Q&A with Pollard and Forsyth during the closing weekend; Joanna Hogg joining her partner Nick Turvey to create a new short film especially for the project; and Oscar-nominated film director Mike Figgis also in residence in the gallery for one week creating a new short.
As part of Station to Station, artists and film-makers screen their own work in the Barbican Cinema 2, followed by a conversation with the directors themselves. Screenings and talks feature: Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition starring Slits frontwoman Viv Albertine and conceptual artist Liam Gillick - followed by a talk with Hogg; The Raft of the Medusa, a new Jarman-inspired multi-platform collaboration between writer Simon Armitage and film-maker Richard Heslop, with music by Simon Fisher Turner - followed by a talk with Armitage and Heslop; and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s debut feature 20,000 Days on Earth – a documentary/ music drama centred around Nick Cave’s artistic process – followed by a talk with the two film-makers.
RESIDENT GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
In residence for a fortnight each, graphic designers Fraser Muggeridge studio brings his Inky Lab to the Barbican, along with friends, and Åbäke also bring their studio. They both make interventions and create products in both digital and analogue format, using cutting edge tools, such as drawing machines, as well as silkscreen, woodblock, and print making techniques.
THROUGHOUT STATION TO STATION
Performances by international and London-based artists include: Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band; Hackney Colliery Band; Capital Children’s Choir; School of Hypnosis, a young collective of classically trained musicians; hula hoop group Marawa The Amazing and her Majorettes; The Turbans; Drum Works; and the brass band Tongues of Fire.
Screenings of Ed Ruscha’s 1971 short film Premium take place every Saturday lunchtime, while on each occasion 100 portions of cactus omelette, prepared following Ruscha’s special recipe, are served to visitors.
On display throughout the project in the Art Gallery will be Station to Station posters inspired by the theme of ‘Freedom’ and designed by artists, architects and designers including: Michael Landy, Bob and Roberta Smith, Juergen Teller, Gillian Wearing, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Richard Wilson.
Hosted by Doug Aitken, Richard Wentworth and London-based commentators, a series of informal lunchtime talks focus on life in the 21st century and creative practice. The series also includes two talks programmed by Station to Station media partner DAZED, featuring the magazine’s Visual Arts Editor Francesca Gavin and Editor in Chief Tim Noakes.
London-based food-designers DesignMarketo host four hands-on workshops focusing on hand-made incense, alcoholic preservation, using grains to make music and looking at how bread can be entertaining.
Learning Partner Roundhouse Radio’s Emerging Producers, aged 18 to 25, record interviews and performance highlights to be featured in a series of Station to Station podcasts.
ARTISTS APPEARING AS PART OF STATION TO STATION
Aaron Koblin & Ben Tricklebank; Åbäke; Abraham Brody; Albert Oehlen; Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils; Alicja Kwade; Allora & Calzadilla; Andrew Lyster; Angelica Mesiti; Ann Van den Broek; Anri Sala with Anna-Maria Hefele; Austin Meredith; Ay ş e Erkmen; Beatrice Dillon; Bedwyr Williams; Bob and Roberta Smith; Boredoms; Capital Children’s Choir; Charlemagne Palestine; Colin Alexander; David Kohn; Demdike Stare & Michael England; DesignMarketo; Doug Aitken; Drum Works; Ed Ruscha; Eliza McCarthy; EMA; Ernesto Neto; EY Ǝ Ǝ; Factory Floor; Fischli & Weiss; Francis Alÿs; Francis Upritchard; Fraser Muggeridge studio and friends; Gillian Wearing; Goodwives & Warriors; Gus Van Sant; Hackney Colliery Band; Hans Schabus; Haroon Mirza; Herron; Hiroshi Tanabe; Hisham Akira Bharoocha; Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard; Isabel Lewis; Jane & Louise Wilson; J.G Biberkopf; J Spaceman (Spiritualized); Jeppe Hein; Jeremy Deller; Joanna Hogg & Nick Turvey; Joe Hamilton; Juergen Teller; Kate Casanova; Kelly Sears; Kenneth Anger; Lawrence Weiner; Liz Glynn; LoneLady; Luke Fowler; Marawa The Amazing; Marcus Coates; Margaret Salmon; Martin Boyce; Martin Creed; Mica Levi; Michael Landy; Mike Figgis; Moog Soundlab; Naim June Paik & John Godfrey; New Movement Collective with ScanLAB Projects & Oliver Coates; Nicolas Provost; Nozinja; NTS; Olaf Breuning; Olafur Eliasson; patten; Paul Noble; Pedro Reyes; Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band; Raymond Pettibon; Richard Heslop; Richard Long; Richard Wentworth; Richard Wilson; Rob Pruitt; Roman Signer; Rosemarie Trockel; Ruth Ewan; Ryan Gander; Ryan Trecartin; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Savages & A Dead Forest Index & Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome; School of Hypnosis; Scott King; Shirana Shahbazi; Shiva Feshareki; Simon Armitage; Simon Starling; Siobhan Davies Dance; Stephen Shore; Suicide; Tacita Dean; Tal R; Terry Riley; The Turbans; Thomas Demand; Tongues of Fire; Trajal Harrell; Urs Fischer; William Eggleston; William Forsythe; Wrangler; Yayoi Kusama; YOA RA (YOSHIMI feat. Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Aya Akita); Zahed Sultan; Zak Kyes
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Free access to Art Gallery, The Curve, Lakeside Terrace and Sculpture Court
Spaces for the free events are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that the exhibition includes a few films of an adult nature. Visitors will be informed in advance.
Art Gallery: Monday – Sunday, 12noon – 6pm (FREE)
Sculpture Court: Sunday – Wednesday, 12noon – 6pm & Thu – Sat, 12noon – 10pm (FREE)
Curve & Lakeside Terrace: Monday – Sunday, 12noon – 8pm (FREE)
Ticketed events: Gallery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (and two extra events on Monday 29 June and Tuesday 7 July – see full listings for details) after 7.30pm – £10-15 **
Saturday 27 June, 8.30pm Boredoms – Ticket prices: £20–25**
Thursday 9 July, 7.30pm Suicide: A Punk Mass – Ticket prices: £17.50–25**
Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm Terry Riley – Ticket prices: £ 17.50–25**
Cinema 2 - Screenings and ScreenTalks
Thu 9 Jul, 6.30pm
+ ScreenTalk with Joanna Hogg
UK 2014 Dir Joanna Hogg
Thu 16 Jul, 6.30pm, Cinema 2
The Raft of the Medusa
+ ScreenTalk with Simon Armitage and Richard Heslop
UK 2015 Dir Richard Heslop
Thu 23 Jul, 6.30pm, Cinema 2
20,000 Days on Earth (15)
+ ScreenTalk with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
UK 2014 Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard 98 min
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Station to Station Book
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5454-5 Price: £35.00
To coincide with the opening of the project at the Barbican, the book Station to Station is available in the Barbican Bookshops from Wednesday 17 June 2015.
Published by Prestel, the fully illustrated book features interviews with Doug Aitken and by Doug Aitken with artists involved in Station to Station. A book-signing session with Doug Aitken takes place at the Barbican on Wednesday 15 July - further details TBC.
Station to Station 15#
UK public premiere: Friday 19 June, Barbican Cinema 1 / 7PM – Tickets: £11.50
Followed by a ScreenTalk with Doug Aitken hosted by Miranda Sawyer
Station to Station the feature film is a high-speed road trip through modern creativity, comprised of 62 one-minute films documenting the 2013 journey. The film includes profiles, moments on the train, conversations, and performances at the happenings: Ed Ruscha describing the discoveries to be made in the great American landscape; Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave Desert; Jackson Browne reflecting on the influence of the railroad on his music; and many more. The film is a kaleidoscope of experience and artistic production, as much as it is a story of our evolving creative culture.
Following the UK premiere, Station to Station feature is screened at the Barbican throughout the 30 days of Station to Station, and it is released to cinemas on Friday 26 June, as distributed by Dogwoof. For further details : www.stationtostation.com ; www.dogwoof.com
Doug Aitken Exhibitions in Europe
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich - 15 May to 18 July: As part of his upcoming exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zürich, Doug Aitken presents a number of new works. Alongside a series of light box works in the form of airplanes, paired up with glowing images of specific landscapes, the show features an interactive public pay phone which responds to viewers approaching brightens or dims depending on people’s distance from the work.
Victoria Miro Gallery, London - 12 June to 31 July: This specific constellation of five important works has been conceived for the gallery by Doug Aitken and deals with contemporary ideas of time through the use of sound, touch, light and reflectivity, with each work existing in a zone between abstraction and representation. At the core of the exhibition is Eyes closed, wide awake (Sonic Fountain II), 2014, a free-standing sonic sculpture which combines water and sound to create an optical and auditory experience.
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt - 9 July to 27 September: With four expansive film installations and correlating sculptures as well as a site-specific sound installation, the exhibition presents an overview of the internationally renowned artist’s heterogeneous oeuvre throughout the entire exhibition area of the Schirn – and beyond. Curator: Matthias Ulrich (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt)
About Doug Aitken
Doug Aitken is an American artist and filmmaker. Defying definitions of genre, he explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions. His films often explore the modern condition, and his transformative installations create immersive cinematic experiences. He has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, and his work has been exhibited in museums around the world. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, in institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation “electric earth”. Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts. Works include: Sleepwalkers (MoMA, New York - 2007); Sonic Pavilion (INHOTIM, Brumadinho – 2009); Frontier (Rome – 2009 & Basel – 2010); Black Mirror (Athens/Hydra Island – 2011); Altered Earth (Arles, produced by LUMA Foundation – 2012); SONG 1 (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC – 2012); MIRROR (Seattle Art Museum, Seattle – 2013).
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A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.8 million people pass through the Barbican’s doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory , conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.
The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia , and Associate Producer Serious . Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment , Cheek by Jowl , Deborah Warner and Michael Clark Company . International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam , New York Philharmonic , Los Angeles Philharmonic , Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center .
Head of Visual Arts: Jane Alison
Barbican Curators, Station to Station: Jane Alison and Leila Hasham; Music: Chris Sharp
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The Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street car park is set to become a dynamic cultural hub featuring arts commissions and collaborations. Previous exhibitions at the space include Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, the artist’s debut London solo exhibition. The space at Brewer Street car park forms part of the company’s London-wide network of venues, along with 180 The Strand, which has already hosted several exhibitions and events including The Moving Museum, Magnetic Field by These New Puritans and a unique collaboration between Jack White and Punchdrunk.
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