AREA OF REUNION DRAWS ATTENTION TO ST JAMES BARTON

Issue date: 22 March 2004


ISSUE DATE: 22/03/04

Two artists Jonathan Mosley and Sophie Warren are working together to create a temporary installation in the pedestrian precinct within St James Barton Roundabout in Broadmead, central Bristol during the week of 30 March to 5 April.

Like many cities in the UK, the architecture and landscape is changing apace in Bristol with planned redevelopment of the Broadmead shopping area in coming years. "We want to draw attention to spaces where change will take place,” said artist Jonathan Mosley. “For this series of works we were inspired by a research visit to Mexico City. During our visit we encountered public areas that had been adapted by the local population for meeting, demonstration, celebration and commerce. People had made something out of very little to enliven public space and felt an ownership of the city. In contrast to this urban areas here seem to have very definite allocated uses especially when they are redeveloped - retail, residential, leisure. This affects how we perceive our city. In our work we want to explore the idea that the city is also made up of the memories, aspirations and desires of its inhabitants.”

”The precinct at St James Barton seems a hard and impersonal place although around 15,000 people walk through there everyday, many probably crossing paths with the same people. We are calling the installation in the precinct 'Area of Reunion'. These words are printed on barrier tape. We will use 1000 metres of the tape to playfully draw physical connections and relationships between objects like seats and trees and posts. This will loosely define enclosures, suggesting the possibility of chance encounter and reunion as well as passing through. We will install the work over seven days so people will see it change and grow. We hope that it might draw attention to the future of the precinct as well the way it could be used today.”

Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley collaborate on projects that span the disciplines of art and architecture. Their work has been exhibited and published in Britain and New York. Jonathan Mosley teaches architecture and urbanism at the University of the West of England.

This is the second in a series of temporary works by the artists in relation to public spaces in central Bristol.

Area of Reunion has been supported by the University of the West of England Faculty of the Built Environment and Bristol City Council Legible Cities.

Artists contact e-mail: i@m5southbound.freeserve.co.uk

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