Leandro Erlich: Dalston House
1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
London, UK
Leandro Erlich: Dalston House
1–7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
26 June – 4 August 2013
Media View, Monday 24 June, 10am – 1pm
Admission Free

A new commission by Barbican Art Gallery,
part of Beyond Barbican

Dalston House is presented on Ashwin Street in association with OTO Projects. The Barbican is an official partner of the London Festival of Architecture 2013. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Additional support from the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

Internationally known for captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create Dalston House, an installation in Hackney. The work resembles a movie set, featuring the façade of a late nineteenth-century Victorian terraced house. The life-size façade lies on the ground with a mirrored surface positioned overhead at a 45-degree angle. By sitting, standing or lying on the horizontal surface, visitors appear to be scaling or hanging off the side of the building. Sited at 1 – 7 Ashwin Street, near Dalston Junction, Erlich has designed and decorated the façade – complete with a door, windows, mouldings and other architectural details – to evoke the houses that previously stood on the block. Leandro Erlich: Dalston House opens on 26 June 2013 and is presented on Ashwin Street in association with OTO Projects. It is also part of the 2013 London Festival of Architecture.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is installed on a disused lot that has largely remained vacant since it was bombed during the Second World War. The installation extends the Barbican’s programme of Curve commissions to east London and is part of Beyond Barbican , a summer of events outside the walls of the Centre that includes pop-up performances, commissions and collaborations across east London. Beyond Barbican builds on the Barbican’s long history of programming work in east London that connects communities in the boroughs surrounding the Centre with some of the best art from around the world. The commission follows the success and legacy of Dalston Mill by EXYZT, a temporary installation and participatory project staged by the Barbican in Hackney in 2009, which reopened in 2010 as the Eastern Curve Garden.

Jane Alison , Senior Curator, Barbican Art Gallery , said:
“Building on the legacy of the wonderful Dalston Mill project that we commissioned from French collective, EXYZT in 2009, and the phenomenal success of Rain Room in The Curve, we are thrilled to be able to present Leandro Erlich’s work in the heart of Hackney. Dalston House is a theatrical spectacle, one where the audience makes the show. It is a delightful experience suitable for all ages – enjoy!”

For Erlich, the audience plays an active role in bringing his installations to life. By altering the viewer’s relationship with familiar spaces, he playfully disrupts our own notion of reality, creating new possibilities and situations. Leandro Erlich’s work is partly inspired by the surreal and sinister aesthetic strategies of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski whom, he says, “have used the everyday as a stage for creating a fictional world obtained through the psychological subversion of everyday spaces”. Whether his participants appear to be submerged under water while remaining completely dry in the Swimming Pool, 1999; stroll down an old elevator shaft that has been turned 90 degrees in The Shaft, 2011; or sit in an apartment that revolves like a fairground ride in Carousel, 2008; Erlich’s work continues to break the boundaries of spatial reality.

Leandro Erlich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973, to a family of architects. He lives and works in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay, and has exhibited widely in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Works include La Torre (2007), exhibited at Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Swimming Pool (1999), shown at MoMA PS1 in 2008; and Monte-Meubles L'Ultime déménagement (2012) part of Le Voyage à Nantes, France. Leandro was invited to represent his country in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) and has also participated in the Biennials of Istanbul (2001), Shanghai (2002), São Paulo (2004) and Liverpool (2008). He has also participated in the Whitney Biennial (2000) and the 1st Busan Biennale, Korea (2002). He was part of La Nuit Blanche de Paris (2004), the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan (2006), and the exhibition Notre histoire at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2006, among others. His forthcoming projects include Anti-Gravity at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, in Aicha, Japan.


The project is accompanied by a multidisciplinary programme of events. On Thursday evenings and during weekends, there will be talks, film screenings, performances, tours and workshops exploring themes related to the project, including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which are developed in collaboration with local organisations. Highlights include: walking tours of Dalston with local historians; east London storytelling; workshops and other onsite activities for families; live performances by local musicians and dancers; and screenings of feature films and videos by visual artists and community activists.

The full programme of events will be announced shortly – please check the website for more details: barbican.org.uk


Notes to Editors

Press Information

For further information, images or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Ann Berni , Media Relations Manager +44 207 382 7169

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Public Information

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House
26 June – 4 August 2013
1 – 7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
Admission Free
Please follow this link for a map of the area

Mondays to Wednesdays, 11am – 6pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 11am – 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 8pm

Please note that this is an outdoor event.
In order for visitors to enjoy the participatory experience of Dalston House, capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis and wait times could be significant at busy periods. Admittance to the queue will end once it reaches capacity, prior to closing time. Entry cannot therefore be guaranteed. Please keep this information in mind as you plan your visit.

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1–7 Ashwin Street
Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is presented at 1–7 Ashwin Street in association with OTO Projects, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that has been set up to manage the music programme at Cafe OTO. The site, owned by Hackney Council, is the location of the new OTO Project Space. A sustainable, rubble-dash structure, the space is designed and built by Assemble, whose previous projects include The Cineroleum (2010) and Folly for a Flyover (2011).

Beyond Barbican
Beyond Barbican is a summer of arts events outside the walls of the Barbican Centre featuring pop-up performances, commissions and collaborations across east London.

The Beyond Barbican summer programme encompasses a two day festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the first anniversary of the Olympic opening ceremony, a major new interactive art installation in Dalston from Argentine artist Leandro Erlich , three site-specific theatre shows, and a range of gigs and performances in unique venues across the east of the city from acts including Neon Neon and National Theatre Wales , Asaf Avidan and an evening showcasing three of the most exciting new artists from Brazil.

The programme includes a significant number of free events - including the annual outdoor celebrations Dance Nations Dalston and Shoreditch Festival - while many events and performances will have a family friendly feel.

Beyond Barbican builds on the Barbican’s long history of high-quality programming and partnerships with artists and organisations in the east London boroughs surrounding the Centre. It follows last year’s hugely successful off-site programme that ranged from the Urban Classic concert performed to 9,000 people in the grounds of Waltham Forest Town Hall to acclaimed theatrical adventure You Me Bum Bum Train at Empire House in Stratford.

Autumn exhibitions in The Curve and Barbican Art Gallery

Ayşe Erkmen
24 September 2013 – 5 January 2014 / The Curve
Media View: 23 September, 10am – 1pm
Admission Free

This autumn, Turkish artist Ayşe Erkmen brings an ambitious new show to The Curve. In the 90-metre-long space Erkmen will present a dozen scenic backdrops that are slowly lowered and raised by an automated fly system. Erkmen will animate these painted cloths of varying opacity in a random sequence, dividing the space, circumscribing the viewer’s movements and suggesting unexpected narratives. Responding to the Barbican’s reputation as a leading multi-arts venue, Erkmen brings the scenery to the forefront – an element that is typically in the background, behind the performers – as if the backdrops were performers in their own production. The cloths, ranging from fairytale landscapes to realistic interiors to abstract designs, have been painted by professional scenic artists and skilled theatre design students. Ayşe Erkmen’s new commission opens in The Curve on 24 September 2013.

Pop Art Design
22 October 2013 – 9 February 2014 / Barbican Art Gallery
Media View, Monday 21 October, 10am – 1pm

Fifty years after it exploded on to the art scene, Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop – one that recognises the central role played by design. This is the first major exhibition to explore this dialogue and it brings together more than 150 works by over 70 artists and designers including Peter Blake, Achille Castiglioni, Judy Chicago, Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Ettore Sottsass and Andy Warhol.

Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in the post-war period. From the mid 1950s to early 1970s Pop was characterised by an intense dialogue between the fields of design and art. It shaped a new sense of cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and the expanding industries of advertising, television, radio and print media. Pop Art Design presents iconic and lesser-known works by artists and designers alongside a wealth of graphic material including posters, magazines and album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of Pop interiors. Pop Art Design is an exhibition of The Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, in co-operation with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The exhibition in London is organised in co-operation with Barbican Art Gallery and opens on 22 October 2013.

The Curve
The Curve is the Barbican’s free exhibition space that wraps around the back of the Concert Hall. Launched in May 2006, Curve Art is a series of new commissions in which contemporary artists respond to the distinctive architecture of the space. Artists who have previously made new commissions for The Curve are Tomas Saraceno (Argentina); Richard Wilson (Britain); Jeppe Hein (Denmark); Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia); Shirana Shahbazi (Switzerland/Iran); Hans Schabus (Austria); Huang Yong Ping (France/China); Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico/Canada); Peter Coffin (United States of America); Clemens von Wedemeyer (Germany); Robert Kusmirowski (Poland), Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (France); John Bock (Germany), Damián Ortega (Mexico), Cory Arcangel (USA), Junya Ishigami (Japan), Song Dong (China), Random International (Britain) and most recently Geoffrey Farmer (Canada).

Barbican Art Gallery
One of the leading art spaces in the UK, Barbican Art Gallery presents the best of international visual art with a dynamic mix of art, architecture, design, fashion and photography. From acclaimed architects to Turner prize-winning artists, the Gallery exhibits innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries: key players who have shaped developments and stimulated change. The Curve is dedicated to a vibrant programme of new commissions, created by leading international artists in direct response to this distinctive gallery space.

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