Andreas Angelidakis: Seawall

In light of the current Covid19 situation, the England’s Creative Coast commission launches are currently under review. Full details will be announced in due course. 

Part of England’s Creative Coast Waterfronts series of public sculpture commissions, Seawall by Andreas Angelidakis considers the encroaching ocean and the ongoing discussion around climate change, coastal erosion and the physical and political impact this has on a place as inspiration for his new work. He will use the human response to flooding through the invention of sea defence mechanisms to ask, ‘can the border between land and sea become a habitable place?’ 

England’s Creative Coast ​launches in Margate on 16 April 2020 with the first of the ​Waterfronts commissions, ‘April is the cruellest month’ by the Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz​, ​together with new geocaches created by local people. ​The first commission will open on Turner Contemporary’s ninth birthday, marking nine years to the day since the gallery opened in 2011. The project is principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund.

Over the course of spring and summer in 2020, the ​England’s Creative Coast ​ trail will be revealed, with each partner arts organisation launching a ​Waterfronts ​ commission and their part of the GeoTour:

Saturday, 23 May – Sunday, 8 November 2020: De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’ Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’

Saturday, 6 June – Sunday, 8 November 2020: Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus’ Fortress Folkestone’

Saturday, 13 June – Sunday, 8 November 2020: Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball (title to be confirmed)

Saturday, 25 July – Sunday, 8 November 2020: Cement Fields in Gravesend presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’; Metal in Southend-on-Sea presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’​ ​ and ‘Retreat’

Spanning 1400km of shoreline from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary, this beautiful and dramatic landscape has inspired artists for centuries. ​England’s Creative Coast ​ offers visitors the chance to explore seaside towns alive with creativity, the breath-taking coastal landscape, thought-provoking art commissions and geocaches created by the communities that live there in a digital treasure trail that extends into the surrounding landscape.

Andreas Angelidakis (born in 1968) lives and works in Athens. Trained as an architect, Angelidakis switches roles between artist, curator, architect and teacher. His multidisciplinary practice often focuses around the internet, and the perceptive and behavioral changes it has brought about.

Inspired by the city of Athens, his work often deals with the notion of ruin, be it ancient, contemporary or imaginary. The ruin becomes a vehicle for a building’s unfulfilled potential, powered by emotional, psychological or historical hallucination. Angelidakis has consistently challenged the expected end-product of architectural practice by reversing the representation to realization sequence of the production of buildings. He often starts with an existing building, producing models, films, ruins, installations or alternative histories, blurring fact and fiction, smoothing out the borders between the real and the virtual.

Cover image: Andreas Angelidakis, Demos, foam and vinyl seating modules. Photo: Stathis Mamalakis.

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