A Room With A View

Artangel and Living Architecture are staging a charming project as part of this year’s London Festival.  A Room For London is a one-bedroom installation set inside a riverboat perched high atop the Southbank Centre.  Designed in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, The Boat could be rented out by the public for night-long stays (it’s now fully booked).  Artists, writers and musicians have also been invited to occupy the little vessel, using their time there to create new work.

A recent inhabitant was musician and artist David Byrne, who conducted a series of field recordings around the site, fusing the sounds of strawberry sellers, jackhammers and footsteps into a common rhythm that resulted in Get It Away, the work you see above.  Forthcoming residents include Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and the boat’s designer, Fiona Banner.  The project runs until the end of the year.

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