‘Pathways: King’s Cross’ – a free contemporary exhibition by D-Fuse, inspired by the King’s Cross area.
A video and sound installation of over 60 film clips and photographs reflecting on the dynamic environment and history of King’s Cross.
Exhibition open to public 21 March – 05 April 2009 at the German Gymnasium.
A fascinating video installation by contemporary London artists D-Fuse, which draws on the changing nature of the King’s Cross area, opens this month at King’s Cross.
Scenes from films shot at King’s Cross, such as The Ladykillers and High Hopes, as well as historic photographs and sound archives have been combined with contemporary images and recordings of the area to create a sculptural video installation. Projected through a series of transparent screens, layers of time converge in an exploration of how we remember and imagine a place.
The soundtrack is composed from elements of film soundtracks, street recordings and the voices of local people’s recollections of their lives in the area, from the King’s Cross Voices oral history project.
King’s Cross, with its rich social history and dynamic environment, has long inspired film-makers, photographers and artists. The many histories of the area, imagined and real, represented in image and memory, offer many pathways through the imagination.
This latest exhibition comes to the German Gymnasium at King’s Cross as the area is undergoing a major period of transformation. The 67 acre development is one of the most significant in central London.
King’s Cross has a vibrant and creative community championed by CreateKX. King’s Cross is committed to building on this and placing art at the centre of the regeneration project, contributing to the burgeoning cultural growth of the area.
Pathways: King’s Cross is part of the strategy at King’s Cross to support arts as the site develops through use of temporary spaces, residencies and exhibitions in the German Gymnasium. It has been commissioned with CreateKX as part of this agency’s creative and cultural vision for the wider King’s Cross area.
Michael Faulkner and Matthias Kispert, D-Fuse artists said:
“Our time at King’s Cross has been truly inspirational. Some of the places shown in historical footage have now changed beyond recognition, sometimes buildings have been constructed temporarily for film sets, to add to the existing environment. Through popular culture King’s Cross has to many of us become part of our imaginations. Our project is connecting this imaginary place to the process of change now – the development site, the things that have disappeared, and what still remains from earlier days.”
David Partridge from King’s Cross said:
“2009 is set to be a year of significant activity on site, as the future vision for King’s Cross becomes a reality. In these times of change and development it is important to remember the rich heritage of a place. King’s Cross is becoming a vibrant new part of London, with a significant past which will continue to influence its future. Exhibitions such as this one remind us all of the importance of this.”
Gill Henderson, Director of Create KX, said:
“For CreateKX, celebrating the histories and rich culture of King’s Cross is an integral part of championing its future as the international cultural gateway to London. Pathways: King’s Cross is a creative journey through an evocative and transforming landscape. We hope it encourages audiences to explore and engage with this corner of the city.”