Luna Nera was founded as an artist-curator organisation in 1997 in London. Luna Nera’s aim was to stimulate interest in the environmental and architectural heritage of localities. By asking the audience to re-look at sites in a new way, Luna Nera addressed a series of issues around ideas of society, community, history, memory and public space. Luna Nera was principally concerned with exploring the conjunction of theory and practice in site-specific/site-responsive work, through a series of projects that also included text, talks and workshops.

 

Luna Nera operated as a kind of mobile gallery or institute of urban projects, as a network of projects and persons. We commissioned local and international artists to produce live and visual site-responsive works. We made onsite residencies and researches, and created a number of large-scale live and visual art events in disused premises, including:

  • The Old Colosseum, a Victorian theatre London
  • The House of Detention, a 17thC underground prison London
  • former factory spaces, London, Berlin and Zurich
  • Natwest Bank building , London
  • Electricity Plant, Russia
  • Former naval base buildings, Russia
  • Tram depot, Weimar
  • St Pancras Chambers, former Midland Grand Hotel, St Pancras Station London
  • Former Harland & Wolff shipyard Head Offices, Belfast – once the largest shipyard in the world, where the Titanic was designed and built.

FILM

Luna Nera’s film and video work, including artistic documentation of their projects has been shown in many festivals and venues including:

  • Art Moscow;
  • the Globe Gallery, Newcastle;
  • the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London;
  • Factory-Berlin
  • Gallery 291 in London;
  • the 6e Bienniale Champ Libre Manifestation Internationale Vidéo Et Art Électronique, Montréal;
  • the Paradise Bunker, Berlin;
  • the Atelier des Artistes d’Alexandrie, Egypt;
  • the Central Exhibition Hall St Petersburg;
  • 00130Gallery Helsinki;
  • the VidiFestival Valencia;
  • TINAG Festival, London
  • the Optica touring festival to Spain and Latin America
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