Good Samaritans Foiled by Art’s New Enfants Terribles

Last night two members of the public tried to rescue a man whose voice could be heard calling for help from the boot of a crashed car at Staffordshire University. The Good Samaritans smashed into the front of the car in order to reach the boot only to find that the voice was a recording on loop as part of the new art work by Littlewhitehead. The piece was commissioned as part of the Conjunction 08 festival, Stoke on Trent’s Arts Biennial organised by AirSpace Gallery and partners.

Littlewhitehead are muliti sensory installation artists who play with ideas of reality and fiction. This is the second time that the Glaswegian duo’s work has caused extreme reactions in the public. Their work in the New Contemporaries exhibition, as part of the Liverpool Biennial, has recently been attacked by members of the public; where visitors to the exhibition were seen punching and kicking life size hooded and balaclava clad figures

The Conjunction festival runs until the 13th December across various places in Stoke on Trent’s City Centre, including AirSpace Gallery. For more information please see www.conjunction.org.uk or call 01782 261221


Conjunction 08; FANTASTIC, FOUND and FAKE.

'Conjunction 08 will open on 7th November across the city and will run until 13th December 2008. The festival will involve over 30 artists, including 25 new commissions by artists of international, national and regional significance. The theme is FANTASTIC, FOUND and FAKE, and it is to this stimulus that the artists have been invited to respond, seeking the extraordinary in the everyday.'

So we are drawing near to the opening of the festival and there is a buzz about the gallery. Artists have been coming and going all week installing their work. Including Stephanie Davidson's 'Found Space Tiles' that has been installed in the bathroom of the AriSpace Gallery. The pristine white wall tiles serve as a contrast to the fading paint work and the mirror a little unwelcome when you're not expecting it! But the back rest proves a comforting addition to the space. We are excited to see the rest of the artwork taking shape across the city.

The festival opens on the 7th November 6pm-8pm at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley.

For more information visit www.conjunction.org.uk

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