GASP ALL NIGHT is an evening of audience engagement in which artists Janet Laurence and Tega Brain reveal their proposition for a hugely ambitious new work: an island in the Derwent River.
Part of GASP’s Swimmable project, Parliament: An Island in an Island blurs the boundaries between art, environmental science, engineering and interspecies relations. The island is to be a meeting of two constructed environments, two ‘houses’ of Parliament. The upper house is terrestrial, taking the form of a small tiered land-form, planted with specific vegetation and designed to attract and accommodate bird populations of the area as well as indicate seasonal transitions. The lower house is submerged around its edge—a constructed reef designed to support aquatic communities and offer new habitat to these river lifeforms.
The presentation and discussion will be punctuated by visuals, working designs, sound and projection and the opportunity for the public to contribute to the proposition. Parliament will be followed by an advance preview presentation of artist James Newitt’s new film currently in production, A Plan For Escape.
Janet Laurence & Tega Brain, Parliament: An Island in an Island (working model), 2016.