At the start of the week 7 of the City Of Culture 2017 I was thinking of taking it steady – stay at home, make my Slinkachu City Of Culture set [read more about what is Slinkachu here: Slinkachu.com Street Installations and Photography] and watch BBC 2 Welcome to Hull presented by Hull-born comedian Lucy Beaumont.
But things turned out a bit different as the week progressed.
I started the Slinkachu, first testing the tiny people figures near The Blade to see the scale and if I have the right lens to capture the installation.
It was fascinating to admit that I kind of feel like those tiny humans when I am near The Blade.
At home I designed City Of Culture 2017 branded flags, set up a rough idea of how I am going to work this crazy idea.
Work in progress, cos the figures are very tiny and I have to be sure that I know what I am doing before start super-glue them to the base.
On Friday I decided to visit the good old Hull School of Art&Design. It’s not only the place that changed my life, but funny enough – a spot on the City Of Culture 2017 map, hosting an exhibition in the downstairs area, plus an display of abstract architecture prints by imagesaremoments.
Sunday and the weather inspired me to get out and get cultured. I had three people with me, so we headed down Humber Street and Fruit Market.
Last time I had to miss out on Humber Street Gallery, cos the child and the content was not the mixture to go for.
First, on the ground floor I rushed to see Sarah Lucas Power in Woman display, mainly because of the combination of colours and capacity of the place/sculptures. And I was stopped by a volunteer, cos no photographs allowed.
Do I understand the cigarettes in the holes, do I understand why one of the sculpture was placed on a massive freezer…NO AND NO. But there was something about the roughness and boldness of these sculptures. It feels like they have been made by a man and is that the whole point?
Upstairs – COUM TRANSMISSIONS. The exhibition of materials drawn from the personal archives of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge.
Founded in Hull during the late 1960s by artists Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, COUM Transmissions was a collective whose work confronted, subverted and challenged societal conventions.
Labelled ‘the wreckers of civilisation’ by a Conservative MP following COUM’s Prostitution show at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the group’s end in 1976 heralded the formation of the musical collective Throbbing Gristle.
For what I gathered – COUM has been quite challenging for the society to understand and accept, but there it is many years later – exhibited for people to apply another value to the work they did. Have we changed since the 1970’s?
I might have to get there another time, because I was unable to soak it in straight away.
People viewing the work certainly had something to discuss throughout and after.
Last but not least – Humber Street Gallery top of the roof deck. AMAZING.
The location and the opportunity to have this view accessible is what Hull needed. And thank you for making my day. It was beautiful.
Overall I have to say that I am so happy to see that Humber Street and the Docks are buzzing, full of life and people are getting some sense of old and new binding together, creating today.
Every single thing has been thought out/about, even to the tiniest detail and are giving people an opportunity/reason to get out, get some fresh air, get to know Hull and most importantly – GET CULTURED, COS CITY OF CULTURE.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.