BEVIN COURT AND SIVILL HOUSE
In the conservative architectural atmosphere of post-war England, the staircase was a building element to which Berthold Lubetkin applied his exceptional aesthetic and engineering skills to communicate his steadfast political beliefs.
This movement intervention at Bevin Court shows a performer walking down the stair interrupted and sometimes redirected by her physical interaction with a stationary performer. Their interactions intermittently form static shapes that echo the geometries of the architecture they occupy. At the Sivill House, a performer slowly ascends on hands and knees while another sits on her back. In this way, the seated performer avoids the normal up-and-down movement of stair stepping and instead moves in the smooth linear trajectory of a spiral stair.
This video work is slated for a group exhibition on Berthold Lubetkin featuring contemporary artworks referencing his architecture by artists such as Toby Paterson, curated by Gavin Morrison.