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London’s East End: the Star of Art Night 2017

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SEEN loves Nuit Blanche (all-nighter). On the night of 1st July 2017, London’s cosmopolitan and creative East End will be transformed for the second year running with art, performances and music by some of the world’s leading artists from various disciplines in some of the most iconic sites in this historical area of the capital.The occasion: the celebration of London’s Art Night 2017, an event inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement.

Secret locations and public spaces throughout the East End will host a trail of art, architecture, dance and music from the early evening until dawn on 1st July 2017. Jake and Dinos Chapman, the British visual artists also known as the Chapman Brothers, will create a new video installation: ‘The Misshapeness of Things to Come’ in a warehouse at London Dock. Dennis Severs’ House, an 18th century Huguenot dwelling, will feature a selection of the Chapmans’ defaced prints within the existing furnishings.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Swallow it Dog, 2007. Courtesy the artists.
Jake and Dinos Chapman, Swallow it Dog, 2007. Courtesy the artists.

Charles Avery will show objects and elements from his fictional Island in locations across East London, ranging from installations in public areas of St Katharine’s Dock to the transformation of the White Mulberries café into the bar of The Egg Eating Egret.

 Charles Avery, Detail of Untitled (View of the Port at Onomatopoeia), 2009-2010, pencil and ink on paper, 530.8 x 260.9 x 10cm. Courtesy the artist.

Charles Avery, Detail of Untitled (View of the Port at Onomatopoeia), 2009-2010, pencil and ink on paper, 530.8 x 260.9 x 10cm. Courtesy the artist.

Whitechapel Gallery, housed in an art nouveau building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend at the beginning of the 20th century, will be the ideal setting for Benedict Drew’s multimedia installation, while Anne Hardy will create an immersive installation consisting of sound, sculpture and light in the former headquarters of the Nicholls & Clarke building, courtesy of British Land, and an exclusively managed Location House site.

Anne Hardy, An Abandonment was accountable for the Accumulation of Acid After Dark Punctuated Remains (detail), 2015, sculptural installation with audio. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London ©Anne Hardy
Anne Hardy, An Abandonment was accountable for the Accumulation of Acid After Dark Punctuated Remains (detail), 2015, sculptural installation with audio. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London © Anne Hardy.
Benedict Drew, Kaput (Installation View), 2015, Photo by Charlotte Jopling, courtesy of the Artist and Matt's Gallery.
Benedict Drew, Kaput (Installation View), 2015, Photo by Charlotte Jopling. Courtesy of the Artist and Matt’s Gallery.

Saturday 1st July 2017 will host other events such as Lawrence Lek’s computer generated video at The Whitechapel Building that explores the ideal future of London’s workspaces; a mass dance performance at Exchange Square, Broadgate, directed by Melanie Manchot working with local dance schools; a Club Night at Village Underground featuring Carsten Nicolai a.k.a. Alva Noto and other DJs in collaboration with Boiler Room…

Lawrence Lek, Europa, Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition), 2016, full HD video simulation, 14min 8sec. Exhibition view- Open Source Festival, Gillett Square, London, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Lawrence Lek, Europa, Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition), 2016, full HD video simulation, 14min 8sec. Exhibition view- Open Source Festival, Gillett Square, London, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Melanie Manchot, Dance (All Night, Paris) (video still), 2011, single channel HD video, stereo sound, 12min 37sec. Courtesy Parafin, London ©Melanie Manchot
Melanie Manchot, Dance (All Night, Paris) (video still), 2011, single channel HD video, stereo sound, 12min 37sec. Courtesy Parafin, London ©Melanie Manchot
Carsten Nicolai. Photo Dieter Wuschanski
Carsten Nicolai. Photo Dieter Wuschanski

A video installation at the Grade-II listed Masonic Temple at Andaz Hotel and an illuminated meditation in the Bascule Chamber, within the hidden and hardly known depths of Tower Bridge, (the most famous bridge in the world), complete the list of events taking place on this most magical London’s Art Night on 1st July, 2017. SEEN will see you all there!

Art Night 2017 is in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and curated by Fatos Üstek. The festival is supported by international auction house Phillips, and receives public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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