Pervilion at Oasis Farm Waterloo

Sasha Pirogova
Clementine Keith-Roach
James Knight & Michael Knight

7 July 2018  

For Art Night, London's biggest free festival of contemporary art, Pervilion filled an urban farm with performance, installation and sound. New commissions from Sasha Pirogova, Clementine Keith-Roach and James Knight & Michael Knight explore the history of the area as a destination for escapism and refreshment.

Sasha Pirogova
Shift, 2018
Performance, 15 min

In a major new performative work, Sasha Pirogova explores the transformative effect of the garden. Penetrating the rigid and dissonant manmade space, the living world raises our consciousness of humans as part of it, and evokes a feeling of unity.

Clementine Keith-Roach
Belle Dam, 2018
Ceramic, plaster, wood, paint, milk substitute
Dimensions variable

Clementine Keith-Roach harnesses the tradition of the ornamental water feature as an invitation to relax and reflect. Milk substitute trickles from the breasts of Belle Dam, while hands and feet reach out to the environs at all angles. Clementine says: ‘Just as the mother's breast lactates at the infant's cry, Belle Dam spurts arcs of milk substitute in response to the groan of the city.’

James Knight & Michael Knight
Refraction: Oasis
Sound, 1 hr 46 min

In an improvised sonic collage, the Knight brothers use modular synthesis to manipulate field recordings from Oasis Farm Waterloo and the local area along with commercially available vinyl. James says: ‘The process of refraction builds a sonic landscape that resonates with Vauxhall’s legendary place in the history of London nightlife and culture that stretches from the clubs and bars that stand today at Vauxhall Cross to the Pleasure Gardens of the 19th century and beyond. It’s being squeezed out – it’s perverse.’


Pervilion occupied a lofty, timber-framed barn at the threshold of London’s youngest city farm. As many small-scale initiatives struggle with rising rents, Oasis Hub Waterloo partnered with architects Feilden Fowles and charity Jamie’s Farm to revitalise a derelict plot owned by St Thomas’ Hospital; the collective home and resource for school and community groups won an RIBA Award London in 2018. Due to the temporary lease the project faces redevelopment. 

Performers in Shift: Luis Amália, Chrysanthi Avloniti, Monika Blaszczak, Joe Boon, Jennie Boultbee, Jon Caruana, Mateo Dupleich, Willa Faulkner, Laura Hemming-Lowe, Emilia Kallioinen, Natalia Meksa, Magda Nordstrøm, Constanca Pimentão, Xristina Prompona, Katie Serridge, Paulína Šmatláková, Alida Stoman, Alice Watson, Patrick Webster

Refreshments by Tommy Tannock and Johnnie Collins (The Store X)
Photos by Ottilie Landmark
Film by Sophia Goulandris

Pervilion at Art Night 2018 was supported by
The Store X The Vinyl Factory, Oasis Farm Waterloo and Feilden Fowles