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Intervention / Art by Janna Graham and Nicolas Vass

“Artistic interventions have been turned into something of a fetish in artistic circles and institutions. Even the best intentions from artists, organizers, and curators often end up absorbing the radical histories and potentials of past actions and interventions within and outside the sphere of culture. By virtue of the “artistic” moniker, institutions and organizations often neutralize the idea of an intervention, extricating it from its situated environment in politically informed civil life. The idea that an intervention can be performed within the boundaries of the art industries as an action exogenous to the space, people, or conflict intervened in is thus normalized. In these circumstances the political itself is sanitized and the action appropriated for nothing more than a cynically calculated move to be used in an artistic, curatorial or institutional CV.”

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Gallery PS2 wall installation of photo documentation

Gallery PS2 wall installation of photo documentation


when site specific art goes wrong

link – from Newcastle Chronicle-Call to revamp £1.6m artwork left in disrepair


it seems that so often these big budget public art gig go wrong.

this seems to be one of them. A ‘carpet’ of blue tiles whose hue  did not last 8 years (this post is from 2011). And which broke and injured a passerby.  At £1.6 million in 90s money that is a lot of cash – and the taxpayers ahvenot ay thousands annulaly just to mantina it.


do we relay need ‘art’ like this?


no, not really. it’s just ego wank for the artist and the council





it’s the first manifestation by Luna Nera in London for quite some time! …



FROM 9 PM – 10.45 PM

ADDRESS – 75 Hebden Court Laburnum St London E2 8BG   | for map and more info

Gillian McIver and  Studio75 present a vision of a magical world made of light, fantastical moving images playing over the walls and bricked up windows of a run down soon-to-be-demolished East London housing estate.

A summer evening, moon and stars, and a night of cinema. Sounds good. But wouldn’t you rather wander inside the movie, playing your own part?

Housing estates often feature in film, especially British films, as a byword for social exclusion, poverty and dysfunctionally. NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON turns this trope on its head and sets the film inside a run down housing estate, with the moving images projected directly onto the exterior walls. And instead of being all about “social problems” NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON is all about fantasy, thrill, memory and desire.

The Kingsland Estate is the site of a huge mural project by resident artist, Nazir Tanbouli

NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON features a show of intricate and stunning moving image work by a selection of artists:

Valentina Floris and Ben Foot (, Working with many large-scale events and theatre productions in London and worldwide, Valentina and Ben were responsible for the recent massive outdoor dance project 12 Moves ( in Worcestershire, as well as 2011’s “Waking Dream” at Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse.

12 Moves ©SDNA

Tracey Holland – MIdlands-based photographer and video artist Tracey Holland draws her inspirations and ideas from the contrasting fields of science and nature, and religious and other mythical writings and folk tales.

©Tracey Holland

Glenn Ibbitson – Based in Wales, Glenn Ibbitson is a representational painter, and maker of prints, films and collage. Glenn has exhibited several times at Studio75, always with different, absorbing work.

Jessica Kolokol – “The eye keeps within itself the images of luminous bodies for a certain time…” (da Vinci) Moving between Berlin, Russia and the USA, Jessica Kolokol (now based in the US) creates complex, gorgeous philosphical video and photo-video works influenced by the coming together of literary texts and memory.

©Jessica Kolokol

Adrian Shephard – Following his wonderful resident screening sessions at Studio75 in March 2012, Adrian’s work will from part of Night of the Black Moon. Video artist, butoh dancer, collector of all images and ideas werid and wonderful, Berlin based Adrian Shephard is a unique and unusual talent.

Harriet MacDonald – Harriet MacDonald is a UK based Austrialian artist working with paper cut animation to create alternative worlds populated by characters that look a bit like us, but not quite.

NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON is a walk-through event, inviting you to walk through the estate and experience the video in your own time and at your own pace. The show will begin at 9 pm and finish promptly at 10:45.


The King’s Land as site specific art

Council housing, ruin value and the King’s Land project – article byGillian McIver /Luna Nera

Link to article:

working on the king's land ...


curating site specific art

Here below is a very interesting and insightful article by Sophie Schasiepen considering a recent exhibition of site specific interventionist art in a Vienna Gallery. It’s worth noting that the exhibition is a project of one of those money-making “curating” training course that have sprung up like veneral fungal growths in the last few years.

Sophie notes that the exhibition presents work that veers from the banal (Ben Wilson) to the very radical (Voina) but presents it in a way that is “so ordinary that it is almost insulting”. She goes on to say that the presentation as a whole, consiting of a gallery full of carefully signoposted informational texts and accompanying lectures, talks and so forth, is “a surprisingly conservative and hardly adventurous solution”.

This brings us to reconsider the issues of “sites of reception” articulated by Miwon Kwon in her deservedly influential One Place After Another (2003) as part of a new movement from maing objects to site pecificity, what she described as “a discursive vector – ungrounded, fluid, virtual. ” The site of reception is where the site specifc work can be shown when the actual work is ephemeral and has disappeared, or is in accessible, for example. Here we might include photos and documentations of  Smithson’s, Francisco Infante-Arana’s or Evgeny Strelkov’s landart.

Kwon does not say much about what the site of inception should be, though I have argued elsewhere ( that there should be some effort made to create a solid link between the site of inception and the site of reception. This was an issue faced by Luna Nera group when we made our retrospective exhibition Postindustrial Baroque in the UK and Berlin. In both cases we chose places (Globe Gallery, Newcastle and Loophole, Berlin) that themselves had the ability to create ambience that linked the exhibited site-speciifc work to the process of exhibition.  However, as artist-curators we curated our own show, and were facilitated by the gallery. Instead of wall texts we made a film programme whre we showed all of Luna Nera’s films on a loop, as a kind of documentary guide through our process and preparing the audience for engagement with the individual works presented, which ranged from video art to installation to photographs to drawings.

But in shows like this one at the Kunsthalle Wien, it seems it was an exercise by and for students, making all the mistakes that academies make. A dry institutional and academic framework (lectures?!) and didactic presentation (wall texts!?)  deradicalises any radicalism the works can contain. Perhaps that is the point.

It is my belief that curating art is not something that can be “trained up” in a short one year or so course (always at high cost, so clearly only one sector of society ever studies there).  It is something that has to develop organically in the individual, to devleop his or her own vision and style, perhaps starting from the position of artist or art historian. But it takes time dedication and passion, and can’t be taught.

– G Mciver

Nazir Tanbouli foreground, Derek Szteliga background, site specific project, Harland & Wolff, Belfast Titanic Quarter.


SITE SPECIFIC – mural project

Nazir Tanbouli’s mural project to take over a whole housing estate in London with huge hand drawn murals.

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Transformation of space

A semi-derelict housing estate in East London will become a space for a huge site specific mural art project by Nazir Tanbouli. Nazir, who collaborated with Luna Nera in Belfast, Berlin and Cambridge shows, will take over the whole site with massive hand painted (that’s with a brush, Michelangelo-style!) murals. Starting in March it will run through to the Olympics London 2012.

The location’s still secret, but we will keep you up to date and the project launch will be something to see!

Nazir's mural - Factory-Berlin

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