Deux Chevaux | William Mackrell: Royal Borough of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster
Andipa Gallery is excitied to announce Mackrell’s “Deux Chevaux”, which is set to take place on Saturday 21st June. This is going to be something entirely different, you really will not want to miss!
Deux Chevaux, the performance by William Mackrell consisting of two horses pulling a two-horse power car (Citroen 2CV), is coming to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. During the course of the day, nine stops will be made at local landmarks of cultural importance. The work challenges the interaction of human and mechanical power, questioning language’s ability to measure their differences and similarities and asks what happens to this action when confronted with the unexpected in the everyday.
This is the first time Deux Chevaux is being presented as a public performance. The project aims to make a visually engaging impact on a large audience in major public spaces, presenting the absurdity of the task as both poetic spectacle and serious critique.
‘Albertopolis’ is the unique cultural estate that spans over 87 acres of land in South Kensington. The name came into being, following the Great Exhibition of 1851 held at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Organised by Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition successfully raised the necessary funds through public funding to buy the surrounding land and establish the museums, cultural and scientific centres that continue to define the area today. Deux Chevaux aims to engage with this historical context, operating on the crossover between art, nature and science, embracing Prince Albert’s vision to, ‘increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry’.
This ‘moving sculpture’ has an ability to encompass much of the Borough as it travels from Hyde Park via the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Institut Français, Royal British Society of Sculptors, Chelsea Theatre, Kings Road, Duke of York Square, and finally Andipa Gallery, where the route will end in a drinks reception. At these sites the public is encouraged to interact with the project as a community-oriented participatory work that challenges the boundaries between the genres of performance and sculpture.
Make sure you are in and around South Kensington on Saturday 21 June between 11.30am and 6.00pm, to take in this one-of-a-kind spectacle. Andipa warmly invites members of the public to join our reception afterwards, at 6:00p.m.If you have any queries; please do not hesitate to contact Andipa via either, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone:02075892371