Andreas Angelidakis: Seawall

Seawall considers the encroaching ocean and the ongoing discussion around climate change, coastal erosion, and the physical and political impact this has on a place. Angelidakis 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?’  

ABOUT ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST

England’s Creative Coast is a landmark project between seven outstanding arts organisations. Seven new, site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists – Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz – will connect the coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex from May to November 2021.

Curated by Tamsin Dillon, the Waterfronts series of works will be in Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea.

Seawall will be outside the gallery on its east side.

To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can plan your own journey using the England’s Creative Coast itinerary website at www.englandscreativecoast.com and find further cultural adventures.

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 Athens itself, Angelidakis’s 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 realisation’ 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, and smoothing out the borders between the real and the virtual.

Cover image: Digital render for ‘Seawall’, Andreas Angelidakis’s Waterfronts commission for Hastings. To open to the public with Hastings Contemporary on Saturday 29 May 2021. © Andreas Angelidakis. Courtesy of England’s Creative Coast.