Art drop-in events invite residents of Chelmsford to see plans for exciting new artwork at City Park West on 28th October 2017

Posted: 23/10/2017

A series of art drop-in events are being held at the end of October to allow residents of Chelmsford to see for themselves the plans for renowned multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni’s video installation Veill, which will be installed at the City Park West development in Chelmsford city centre in Autumn 2018. 

The art drop-in exhibition will be taking place on Saturday 28th October from 11am to 5pm and will showcase a temporary video and sound installation created by Nayan Kulkarni in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University School of Architecture students which explores Chelmsford as a cinematic image space. 

The installation will be developed from an archive of material collected by students in Chelmsford over the course of one day using video and sound recording equipment. The project concerns mapping and new ways of looking at space and the city.

The drop-in exhibition will also preview the permanent artwork that has been commissioned as part of the community engagement programme run in conjunction with Higgins Construction and Genesis Housing Association. 

On that evening between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Nayan Kulkarni will also be talking about this artwork allowing residents to hear more of the background to Veill’s development and the new technologies it will utilise. This informal presentation is an opportunity for questions and discussion about the broader themes of the project and its relationship to the changes happening in Chelmsford. He will also introduce some of his other video and light installations made over the past 15 years.

Paul Cooke, New Business Director for Higgins Construction comments, “We are pleased to be delivering this next stage in our community engagement programme at City Park West. These drop-in events give residents the chance to find out more about what is happening and understand the thinking behind the artwork. 

“The team on site have been working extensively with the artist, Frances Lord, our public art consultant and we are delighted that students from Anglia Ruskin University have been able to come on board.”

Jake Brodetsky, Development Director at Genesis Housing Association, said: “Genesis is delighted to be able to support projects like this, investing in culture in the communities in which we work. These events are a fantastic opportunity for people in Chelmsford to find out more about plans for this exciting new piece of public artwork and meet the creative mastermind behind it. 

“Engaging with the community and the character and heritage of the local area has always been central to our approach at City Park West, so we’re pleased that Nayan will be creating such a striking and cutting edge installation for everyone to interact with and enjoy.  The development is also based at the former Anglia Ruskin University site, so it’s great that their students’ work will be widely showcased as part of the exhibition.”

Nayan Kulkami will be using complex cutting edge technologies, such as cinematic quality robotic cameras, to create a permanent video wall for City Park West which explores the relationship between contemporary CCTV/surveillance and mobile video devices.

Veill will layer live streams onto the video wall, as it changes so will the artwork: from day to night, the changing seasons and its effects on the soft landscaping and nature, and pedestrian movements framed by the surrounding buildings.

In certain conditions the live streams will be transformed, by the computer controller, into more abstract and interactive imagery.

Both events will be held at The Law Building, Ground Floor, Burgess Springs, Chelmsford CM1 1NG.

City Park West will offer nearly 650 mixed tenure homes including shared ownership, rental and extra care units once the second phase is completed by the contractors Higgins Construction in 2018. The scheme, which started on site in 2012, has also delivered new green space and commercial units, and has sympathetically restored three historic buildings including the Anne Knight Building, a former Quaker meeting house.

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