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House-city: a large-scale temporary time-based site-specific artwork

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Wolfgang Weileder


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As part of the ARENA project, house-city was constructed from the 14th to the 17th of July in Grainger Street (next to Gray’s Monument), Newcastle upon Tyne. Bricklaying students and teachers from Newcastle College formed, together with workers from R.Bau, two groups of builders, which simultaneously constructed and de-constructed the two identical shells of house-city during the four days. 6.3m high shells were built out of lightweight blocks up to third floor level and juxtaposed with each other in rotational symmetry. The process was synchronized so that the construction and de-construction was choreographed sequentially: The opposite segments of the two shells slowly moved around each other until house-city was completed.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Weileder W

Publication type: Artefact

Publication status: Published

Year: 2003

Description: Residency and one man show

Venue: ARENA; Samling Foundation; Baltic the Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Location: The Monument, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Source Publication Date: 14-07-2003

Type of Work: mixed media