Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) - Installation

A week after the opening of +The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) by Juan delGado, the video installation is still being talked about. It's been a mesmerising week full of events, activities and mostly visitors!

We had the opportunity to meet many interesting people from the +British Council along with project managers, directors, producers, founders, curators, publishers, writers and many others based in the UK or visiting.

It's been a real pleasure discussing the work with visitors coming from different countries, elaborating on the chore topic of the installation, how it is dealt with in their respective countries and the fact that it is a universal problematic to shed the light on.

From the Corabastos market in Bogotá, +Colombia, the discussion led to many other food markets around the world, with visitors vividly narrating stories from their native towns and markets they grew up to see changing. It was mostly noted how +The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) added colour and dynamism to these memories, bringing a beautiful picture to such a strong reality.

It would be an amazing opportunity to visit some of those other food markets and share the story behind them all over again, with a different angle and a fresh perspective.

In addition to markets and politics of food, other themes were highly debated, including workers and displacement, cities with different profiles and inspiring descriptions, the evolution or metamorphosis of markets in the UK, etc.

The professional and motivated teams from +Artsadmin, +Shape Arts, in collaboration with +Southbank Centre's production team were of a big support. And a big thank you goes out to everyone who helped with the production and promotion of this new version of the work.

Being awarded an Unlimited commission has been a nurturing experience to Juan delGado. It's been such a wonderful week, witnessing the work being presented in a leading British cultural institution as part of an inspiring programme. Juan delGado is looking forward to future collaborations and touring the work to other venues both in the UK and internationally in the next year.

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