SuperstructureViernes 28 de agosto, 2015 por Julia D'Alotto
Este dramático hito de 10 metros de altura es el portal al Kulturfestival de Estocolmo ubicado en el puente Norrbro. Tiene de fondo el histórico edificio del Riksdag y el Palacio Real.
La temática de este año era “United Kingdom”. Para el 10º aniversario del festival Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan diseñaron una infraestructura que debía ser atractivo, lúdico y funcional al mismo tiempo.
Debido al poco tiempo de montaje tenía sentido diseñar una estructura que rodeara cuatro conteiner que le provean un espacio seguro y seco a los distintos talleres del festival. Un sistema de andamiaje fue lo más fácil y rápido para montar insitu y desmontar en el plazo de dos días. Debido a la privilegiada ubicación del proyecto, los artistas construyeron plataformas que servían de miradores y también como área de descanso.
El trabajo de Morag y Luke incorpora el compromiso con el público y además el trabajo colaborativo de diseño. En este caso trabajaron con jóvenes de las localidades más cercanas y utilizaron los galpones de la ciudad de Estocolmo para hacer los talleres de pintura para las piezas que componían la Superestructura. El pabellón contrasta por color y forma de la arquitectura tradicional de Estocolmo. La decisión de ilustrar las superficies que cubren el andamiaje genera un gran punto de encuentro e integración en la ciudad; de alguna manera es una gran cartelera que llama al publico a concurrir a las actividades del festival.
Artistas/ Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan
Colaboradores/ Estudio Tomatis, Arq. Ma. Virginia Aranda, Arq. Néstor Mancini
Ubicación/ Puente Norrbro, Estocolmo, Suecia
Año/ Kulturfestival de Estocolmo, 11-16 August 2015
Cliente/ The City of Stockholm & The British Council
Director creativo de Kulturfestival/ Claes Karlsson
Project Manager/ Philippa Staffas
British Council, Senior Programme Manager, Theatre and Dance/ Andrew Jones
Fotografía/ Cortesía de Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan
This dramatic 10m high temporary landmark forms a striking gateway to Stockholms Kulturfestival situated on Norrbro bridge over Norrström with the historical backdrop of the Riksdag building and the Royal Palace.
This year the Kulturfestival’s theme is ‘United Kingdom’, the events department of the City’s arts and culture section of the City of Stockholm together with the British Council have put together a diverse collaboration of events for the Festival.
For the 10th Anniversary of the festival Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan were asked by The British Council and Claes Karlsson, creative director of the Festival, to design a structure that was eyecatching and fun and at the same time functional.
As the bridge was being closed off this only allowed a 4 day install and 1-2 day takedown. Due to the limited time it made sense to design the structure around four shipping containers which provided dry secure spaces for the various workshops to inhabit and scaffolding that was quick to put up and take down. As we were in such a prominent position on a bridge we wanted to give people views that at any other time were not possible. We constructed platforms for viewing and relaxing.
Morag & Luke:
‘Our work often incorporates public engagement and as this was such a prominent piece in the middle of the city we wanted to involve people wherever possible. We suggested this to all concerned and they liked the idea of involving young people in the project. In the centre of the structure is a large totem with seating at the base and we proposed this to be a poetry piece working with young people in the suburbs of Stockholm with the British poet Yemisi Blake.
Yemisi Blake went to Stockholm and worked with the young people at 2:a Hemmet — Ungdomens Hus in Skärholmen to create a series of 5 word poems using Swedish and English. Twenty poems were created and we chose four for the totem.
Take down: The containers and scaffolding were hired. All the signs have found new homes. All remaining materials will be reused.
Morag Myerscough’s work is characterised by an engaging boldness, creating specific, local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity. Morag makes places from spaces that people like to be in, that stimulate and often make you smile. She creates and curates many different types of work. The eclectic breadth of work covers the conversion of a train to a café, a tweet building, a hospital
ward and even a Temple.
Morag regularly speaks globally about ‘belonging’ and ‘making spaces into places.’
Punk is not just an aesthetic to artist Luke Morgan recent paintings explore found materials in the form of words and their meanings. Found language — grafitti and the idea of embracing the wildness in both large and small scale pieces. In his paintings, pop-art colours and titles like ‘Monarchy’ and ‘King Rocker’, along with his chosen words hark back to
Morgan’s varied experiences as 80’s psychobilly musician and devotee of a 50’s aesthetic. He writes and performs with his band ‘The highliners’ and curated the ‘Let it Rock’ venue at the award winning Vintage at Goodwood festival.
In 2010 Morag & Luke founded Supergrouplondon a loose collective that allows them to call on a group of very experienced specialists as and when projects require it. Recently to coincide with the Olympic Games, Morag Myerscough was commissioned to create the ‘Movement Café’ in Greenwich working with writer Lemn Sissay one of the official Olympic poets. In November 2013 the ‘Movement Café’ won the Best Public Space Scheme FX Design Award and was commended for the AJ Sustainability Small Project Award.