Last Friday the event “Bread and Circuses – Spectacle in the time of austerity” took place in a squatted house, in Lincoln Inn Fields (Central London). It was a great afternoon/evening, with talks, exhibitions (I showed the works Flat Project and Inhabiting Series), live music/poetry and food sharing.
Very good opportunity to raise awareness about current political and social issues but also to have some good fun with old and new friends. Oh yeah, and one the most amazing things is that the property actually belongs to the Indian?British artist Anish Kapoor, responsible for the rather controversial (and in my opinion horrible) tower Orbit, sponsored by Arcelor Mittal and advertised as public art, even though it costs the public £15 to get in it. Is that really public?
More info about Bread and Circuses:
We face a hostile corporate assault on public spaces, art and communities. A large space in central London has been liberated for a one-day event: talks, debates, art, screenings, music and celebration.
Grand spectacles are being used by the government and corporations to take our minds off austerity measures, the global economic crisis and the commodification of everything, even art.
This event will take place from 4pm on Friday June 22nd in a beautiful space that has been left to ruin since 2009. Its owner is one of the wealthiest artists in the world and designer of London’s favourite mega-structure, the meccano on crack ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower. Apparently “public art”, it costs £15 to visit. This is a publicly funded piece of PR for a corporation guilty of various crimes, just like the Olympics. It is an example of how corporate power invades every aspect of our lives from sports to arts.
Boris Johnson said of the tower “Of course some people will say we are nuts – in the depths of a recession – to be building Britain’s biggest ever piece of public art.”
Yes Boris, we think you are nuts.
There is room for artists, comedians, musicians, talks, screenings, DJs… Contact us with your ideas, submit an event or watch this space to hear how the space will be used!
Location: Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1-2