Surreal, Vivid, Mischievous: Watch This East Tower Installation Premiere Next Week
Drawing pins and window blinds are the stars of this surreal and vivid video installation, screening next week at the Bomb Factory gallery in Archway. As one of White Noise's eight artist residencies, Hannah Dargavel-Leafe and Jack West took the East Tower at Television Centre – deserted, silent, empty – and brought it to life through its details.
The installation pairs real sounds with invented imagery, combining Dargavel-Leafe's foley practice with West's CGI renderings. Tiny incidental sounds, like flickering lights or the creak of a door, are distorted and “misused” to create something wholly strange. Dargavel-Leafe even used specialised microphones to capture vibrations too quiet for human hearing. Meanwhile West's visuals deal mischievously with scale, reflecting on the monumental changes on the construction site outside and the still, granular detail within. They describe the resulting film as “of a building in flux, a site at a point of change.”
On Thursday 23rd March, you can catch the video's premiere in Archway's Bomb Factory gallery. This once-derelict Victorian warehouse was a munitions factory during the Second World War, but now houses an arts hub and studios. Meanwhile, the artists discussed the piece while it was in progress.
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