Paradise row

Dawood, Shezad, Gino, Tughela and Hammond, Chris (2005) Paradise row. [Show/Exhibition]

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Collaborative installation project between Dawood (artist), Tughela Gino (architect), Chris Hammond (curator), which played on the relationship between artists and real estate values, as a function of urbanism. Dawood acquired a terraced house in London’s East End, redesigned and renovated it as a collaborative installation, then, in a final play on the nature of commodity, allowed viewings only by appointment with a local estate agent. Building on Dawood’s use of artifice, the hoax and the act of cultural translation, the house became a large conundrum. The architectural construct, in itself already a conundrum through the collaboration between artist and architect, was taken to the next logical point by reframing the artist’s work via an outside agent: for example, around the kitchen and worktops a series of monitors documented Dawood’s performance works; a sound piece floated out of the basement; and a photographic installation complete with wires and pulleys filled the main studio. The house became a process-based commentary on the nature of economy, real estate and art as commodity-fetish. A catalogue, instigated and developed by Dawood, framed as texts the dialogues between the various collaborators, including a conversation between architect and estate agent (at opposite ends of the collaborative chain). The catalogue included essays by Chris Hammond and Lisa Le Feuvre and was published through MOT (see Dawood initiated the project, brought architect, curator and estate agent together, and raised all the funding. Hammond oversaw production of the catalogue. Gino designed and project managed the house renovations. Reviews appeared in Time Out (Sarah Kent), Independent on Sunday Review (feature article by Chloe Grimshaw), Interior Design magazine New York (feature article for special issue relating to contemporary art, architecture and design), Independent on Sunday ABC supplement, plus television coverage. Project funders included ACE (£4500); Decibel (£4500); Universities of Westminster and Leeds Metropolitan (£1750 total).

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 16:59
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2010 15:09

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