Curated by Fiona Parry
Wednesday 7 December 2011
Gustav Metzger, who invented the concept of auto-destructive art, discusses Project Stockholm, June (Phase 1) in the context of his wider practice and thinking on humans’ destructive tendencies and environmental issues. Project Stockholm, June (Phase 1) is a model of an environment visibly being filled up with pollution. 120 cars with motors running surround a clear rectangular structure, emitting their exhaust fumes into this contained space. The work was originally conceived in 1972 for the UN Conference on the Human Environment and the video shows its final realisation in 2007 at the Sharjah Biennial 8.
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Gustav Metzger is a London based artist and political activist. He initiated the Art Strike from 1977 to 1980 and co-initiated the Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966.
TJ Demos is a curator, writer and lecturer in the department of Art History at University College London. He is the author of the essay “The Politics of Sustainability: Art and Ecology” (2009) and is presently guest-editing a special issue of Third Text on contemporary art and the politics of ecology.
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This event accompanies the current exhibition at Cubitt, The City is a Burning, Blazing Bonfire.