INTERFACE in Hastings will begin in Harold Place underpass, continue to Trinity Triangle and extend along the seafront to West St Leonards using redundant outdoor spaces, buildings and art project spaces.
Chloe Brooks lives and works in Bristol, her practice is inspired by the architecture and history of the site and her sculptural interventions aim to create a dialogue with their surroundings. Brooks proposes to install a polished concrete 'classical' column, leaning against a golden holographic wall surface, in the Harold Place underpass. The work calls attention to the 1930s seafront structures and creates a connection with the high Victorian order of the town's architecture. Accessible 24/7
The Reading Room at 12 Claremont is the location for Bertrand Gadenne's rear projection L'Hibou (the Owl). Gadenne lives and works in Lille-Hellemmes and is a lecturer at École des Beaux-Arts de Dunkerque. This rear projected installation is integrated with the urban environment and creates a fiction which establishes a chance relationship between the image and viewer. This over-sized bird's presence in the public space will exercise a simultaneous power of attraction and repulsion over passers-by. Accessible from dusk to dawn
Sebastien Seynaeve's video installation is also located in the old beach office. Seynaeve recently graduated from the MA in Digital Media Art at University of Brighton and previously studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Oudenaarde. His video installation, 'Magnetic Observers', combines the use of computer technologies and the surrounding environment to affect the experience of the audience. The main theme of Seynaeve's installation is visibility versus invisibility and this is expressed by the use of light, darkness and electricity.
Robbrecht Desmet and Stijn Van Dorpe live and work in Gent, they both teach at Oudenaarde's Royal Academy of Fine Art. They are producing a collaborative intervention for INTERFACE, located at the former St Leonards Bathing Pool site in West St Leonards. In the context of this project, they are trying to define ways of opening up a space, physically or conceptually, of potentiality through artistic strategies. Their ambition to do this came initially from the context of the Hastings environment but has gradually evolved into an outspoken artistic gesture which may fall back into the framework of the place. Accessible 24/7