It was a gorgeous, sunny Sunday on the weekend and we decided to hit some events on the South Bank.
At the Hayward Gallery we saw the well-reviewed Psycho Buildings exhibit, an exploration of buildings and spaces by artists. I liked it a lot: many of the works are very interactive spaces you walk inside or through. Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros Show Room is a 3D freeze-frame of an exploding room, Rachel Whiteread’s town of dollhouses Place was quite eerie in the darkness, and Mike Nelson’s To the Memory of HP Lovecraft is a set of unsettling rooms that make you feel as though something terrible had just happened there. Tomas Saraceno’s Air-Port-City outside bubble-dome was fun. I would have liked to try out Gelitin’s Normally, Proceeding And Unrestricted With Without Title. It’s getting the most media attention: it’s a 4-foot deep pond of water on one of the gallery’s outside balconies that you row a small boat around in. The queue was ‘way too long. Building Design has some good photos.
Then we walked along the South Bank towards Tower Bridge to find the Telectroscope. This installation, only on for a few weeks, is a large pipe with a “window” at the end showing live images from an identical installation in new York City. Done with a broadband internet feed, it’s letting Londoners and New Yorkers wave at each other in real time. While we got a good look at it, the queue was – once again – far too long to justify waiting to wave at a strange American.
Back home we made good use of the continued good weather and had some beers in the back yard and invited the Neighbours over for a roast chicken.