Friday, 14 January 2011

I wish that I could have gone to the 'Psycho Buildings' exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, 2008. Unfortunately I've found out about it nearly 3 years too late and have no time machine, so all I can do is look at the pictures.

The exhibition called on 10 artists to design architectural environments that would transform the Hayward's space to radically alter a person's experience of the building. To shake us out of any limited expectations we have of our architectural surroundings.
The idea of playing around with the architecture of a building fascinates me, especially 'the house' - we spend our lives in them and have so many general assumptions about how they should be and what they should look like.

Mike Nelson, 'To the Memory of HP Lovecraft'. The space asks the question what the hell has been here? Must be some awful creature straight out of one of Lovecraft's novels.

Atelier Bow-Wow, 'Life Tunnel'. The piece delivers you to the Hayward's next level up, like a worm hole that you have been sucked into. It's a way of travelling through the building, unsure of where you may end up and what you might find there.

Gelitin, 'Normally, Preceeding and Unrestricted with without Title'. The boating lake on the roof terrace seems like a lot of fun; a gentle surrealisation of a dull space. It reawakens childhood excitement and plays on the things we might, as children, have dreamed a space to be.

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