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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




Night of the Black Moon



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 ...


the Art and the Estate

A very interesting article in THE QUIETUS about council estate housing and art:

On Damon Albarn’s use of the Trellick Tower as a video location:

“There is a sense of class tourism in the new enthusiasm for the Trellick. The image of hip new residents quietly congratulating themselves on their taste for grit is inescapable. It is fitting, then, that Albarn, one of the country’s wealthiest musicians, returned in 2007 with his band The Good, The Bad & The Queen, to shoot the video for ‘Kingdom Of Doom’ – a promo that consists entirely of visual synonyms for ‘working class’. Albarn makes a fry up for his bandmates on a small gas stove; Simon Tong washes tea mugs in the sink; Paul Simonon and Tony Allen play dominoes on the kitchen table. A grey pall covers everything. Albarn sings the first line as the camera flies in through the window: “Friday night in the kingdom of doom.” It is the doom-laden history of the Trellick on which Albarn draws – a history that he, of course, was never forced to live. “

THE KING’S LAND project of site specific murals on a semi derelict estate is an interesting alternative to the normative perspective of the appearance of council housing in culture. Instead of artists coming to the estate to make art, the artists are already there, they live and work there and are part of the process of regeneration.

Nazir Tanbouli says “I am not one of those who have  fetish about old buildings … I want everyone here to get a new flat, to have better housing. But while these buildings are ugly, I want to work on then –  I take that as an artistic challenge.”

This is a key point. Site specificity should not fetishize the site. Especially if the site is, as usual, contested. Working class people’s homes are not middle class fetishes. Investigate, yes, fetishize, no. It can be a fine line, but one well worth observing.

bricked up

mural artist Nazir Tanbouli with one of the murals

pigeon conference

this is the 'hood, winter morning. Not very scary.

yes it can be dodgy; this happened nearby

there is more than one way to see council housing: "I am here" by fugitive images


King’s Land new website and FB page

hi all, if you are interested in following the KING’S LAND site specfic mural project, there is a new web page at :

and a Facebook page you can “like” and get regular updates and offer your comment etc.


“The King’s Land” site specific murals

Having worked on many site specific projects over the years, as artist and as curator and as documenter, The King’s Land is one of the most interesting. The premise is simple: cover a semi derelict housing estate that is soon to be demolished but is still inhabited, with murals. Murals made using a simple drawing / collaging process (though the drawings themselves are complex) , designed to organically fit into or seem to emanate from the buildings, not garish, imposed pictures. The artist, Nazir Tanbouli says “I want the murals to grow on these walls like some kind of arty fungus”.

There are 5 murals up on the estate now. You can follow the blog of the project on

Tanbouli notes that he is not interested in “fetishizing” the buildings. Only people that have never lived in this kind of place can do that. They need to come down. yes, they have a history, as a relic of a time when people believed in a certain model of public housing and so on, but at the same time, they are not really habitable anymore. People deserve better homes At the same time, let us use art to mark their passing instead of have them just disappear one day. Let’s get people to actually LOOK at them once more. Art can help us to  see.


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