Friday 3 July 2015

Art on the Underground - Music on the Underground

Matt Rogers (c) Benedict Johnson 2015
Matt Rogers
(c) Benedict Johnson
Art on the Underground, Transport for London's official art programme launched Underline this week. This is a year long interdisciplinary programme which will be celebrating the Victoria Line. Three visual artists, an architectural collective and a composer will be commissioned, drawing inspiration from from the character of the most intensively travelled line on the network, and the organisations, communities and histories connected by it.

Giles Round
Composer Matt Rogers, whose opera The Virtues of Things premiered at Covent Garden's Linbury Theatre earlier this year, is writing a new commission which will be performed by members of London Sinfonietta live in stations on the Victoria line in spring 2016.

Liam Gillick will screen a series of new films shot within the Tube network. Architectural collective Assemble will develop a new public site at Seven Sisters, taking inspiration from subterranean geology to inform their above ground interventions. Closing the Underline series, Brixton-based artist Zineb Sedira will present a new film work and photographic series currently in production.

The series launches with Giles Round's 12 month project Design Work Leisure, a design office that revisits the values and vision of Arts & Crafts exponent William Morris who believed that great art should be for everybody. Over the 12-month period of the project, the office will build on London Underground’s rich design heritage to devise, research and develop bespoke products for the physical environment of the network for staff and passengers to enjoy. The first prototype will be a bespoke relief tile especially for the Victoria line based on the iconic Stabler tiles commissioned by Frank Pick in 1936. The prototypes will be proposed to London Underground for real use on the network with further examples including a platform clock and staff cutlery. Where possible the designs will be rolled out for use in stations and staff spaces.

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