This Serpentine event looks pretty great. But there's a double take involved at the end - the invite says 'photography not allowed/wear waterproof clothing' - are the developers gonna hose us down to wreck our plans to snap and blog the latest China craze? I've written before (The Assembly catelogue) about the ways 'art' marks space for regeneration projects, but this old joint built to scale after that famous Pink Floyd album cover ('what Jimmy, you say there once was proper industrial work done there - hard to believe') has been pretty important - especially as the set for the film version of "Richard the Third" - winter of discontent indeed, Ian McKellen's best role...
Anyways. This looks worth a look...:
8 October – 5 November 2006
Serpentine Gallery presents China Power Station: Part 1 at Battersea Power Station
Co-produced by The Red Mansion Foundation
Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 7pm. Admission £5
A major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, architecture and sound
Site and exhibition tours, tea room, shopping, events
For five weeks this autumn, the Serpentine Gallery will take up residence in Battersea Power Station with a presentation of Chinese culture.
China Power Station: Part I is a unique opportunity to visit the iconic Battersea Power Station before it is redeveloped. It will also be the first chance to see the work of an extraordinary and vibrant new generation of Chinese artists and architects installed at this remarkable site.
Battersea Power Station echoes post-industrial art venues in China and the works on show have been chosen to activate the enormous scale of its spaces. The exhibition will be filled with sound and moving images, arguably the most prolific and strongest type of work being created in China today. There are three floors to visit and the art will engage with each of these distinct areas. … This is the Serpentine Gallery’s first large scale, off-site exhibition project. It will embrace and celebrate the power of the building as well as the buoyant developments in Chinese contemporary culture. ./snip…
We recommend wearing waterproof clothing
Photography is not permitted