15 September 2011
by Kendall Martin-Robbins
The installation for This Way Up is underway, and it’s certainly quite the endeavour!
We got into the space on Pitfield Street on Monday, and all day it was flooding with deliveries from our storage. The guys at Unity and Pan Studio along with some interns have been working very hard since then to get the chaos organised and ready for the exhibition on Saturday. They’ve been doing a brilliant job and have had some really ingenious display ideas along the way. Some of the excess of leftover crates are now going to be used for the walls in our ‘Book Corner.’
They’ve also stumbled upon some hidden treasures that we didn’t even know about! Tucked away in an unopened crate they found the leather reading tables designed by Andrew Stafford for 21st Century Dandy with the reading books still attached! The electrical equipment was all taken out of boxes and PAT tested. Fortunately, everything passed and turned on when plugged in! The tech geeks amongst the group were in awe of the old iMacs and CCTV monitors and cameras. They also discovered a handful of the old TV monitors were sprayed bright pink for the Import.Export exhibition – anyone looking for a fun addition to their kitchen counter or student bedroom? They also discovered what appears to be some sort of mannequin graveyard. It will certainly be interesting to see how they end up being displayed.
The accompanying newspaper has also gone to print. There are some lovely graphics and wonderful interviews included.
We hope everyone will be able to stop by after the exhibition opens on September 17th. Be sure to get there in the first few days to see the upcyclists at work! It will certainly be interesting to see what they make of all the leftover materials…
Watch this space – more installation photos to come!