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Economist Plaza Exhibition: Sean Cummins – cleave

The Economist Plaza, 25 St James's Street, London, 2009, ©Paul Farmer and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence courtesy: The Creative Commons Licence photo: Paul Farmer
The Economist Plaza, 25 St James's Street, London, 2009, ©Paul Farmer and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence courtesy: The Creative Commons Licence photo: Paul Farmer

4 August 2004—19 September 2004

Consultancy, Economist Plaza

The Economist Plaza
25 St James's Street
London, SW1A 1HG United Kingdom

To split with or as if with a sharp instrument; to penetrate or pass through something, such as water or air; to fit; to be adapted; to assimilate; to join together;  to adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.

For this exhibition at the Economist Building Sean Cummins has made a short film based on two journeys through the structure of the building. In the film, Cummins uses a genre contemporary with the building (1964) to invoke the paradox of physical immersion in architecture through film. Recent architecture echoes the sets of some influential science fiction films. Using a building such as this as the backdrop for a film closes the loop. The artist re-uses the way in which buildings are represented in important films as a counterpoint to this structure.

The film was made with the assistance of Jonno Smith at Shooters (Cameraman) and Mopsa Wolff (Video Editor).

To coincide with this exhibition The Nottingham Trent University is publishing a companion pamphlet in which the authors (Peg Rawes, Lisa Panting and Andrew Banister) reflect on aspects of spatial immersion and our experience of architecture.

Sean Cummins completed his MA at Goldsmiths’ College, London in 2000 and was a recipient of an Abbey Award at the British School in Rome in 1998.

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