Cardiff Contemporary : Part 1

Cardiff Contemporary, a citywide festival of visual arts over 5 weeks, played host to the Beuys Pavilion – a sculpture and functional engagement space in collaboration with EMP Projects and Design Circle RSAW South.

As the first of the Beuys Pavilion’s 5 micro-residencies, we worked with members of public and volunteers from Cardiff School of Art & Design’s Architectural Design & Technology course to choreograph a one day performance build and procession which consisted of transporting building blocks from the exhibition space Unit R5 @Barrack Lane, through Cardiff City centre to The Friary, and constructing The Beuys Pavilion #1 piece by piece; only to dismantle it a day later.

Our inspiration for the design and performative build (and the pavilions’ namesake) came from the artist Joseph Beuys  and his contribution to Social Sculpture. A catalyst for a physical, conceptual and visual narrative of exploration and discovery of Cardiff and its people; The Beuys Pavilion #1 through its form, materiality and detail sought to dissolve the perceived barriers that exist between the arts and the general public; and the performance aspect was a demonstration of public collaboration and an expression of the fragility of our public realm through the its ultimate dismantling.

Imagery and time-lapse courtesy of Nick Russill.  View time-lapse here>>> Beuys Build

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Beuys Pavilion

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