Art Night

Sasha Pirogova
Clementine Keith-Roach
James Knight & Michael Knight

7 July 2018, Oasis Farm Waterloo, London  

For Art Night, London's biggest free festival of contemporary art, Pervilion filled an urban farm just off the South Bank with performance, installation and sound. These 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

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.

 Sasha Pirogova,  Shift , 2018, performance Performers: 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

Sasha Pirogova, Shift, 2018, performance
Performers: 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

Clementine Keith-Roach
Belle Dam

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.’

 Clementine Keith-Roach,  Belle Dam , 2018

Clementine Keith-Roach, Belle Dam, 2018

James Knight & Michael Knight
Refraction: Oasis

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.’

Oasis Farm Waterloo

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. 

 Refreshments by Tommy Tannock and Johnnie Collins of The Store X, using fresh vegetables grown at Oasis Farm Waterloo. All photos Ottilie Landmark

Refreshments by Tommy Tannock and Johnnie Collins of The Store X, using fresh vegetables grown at Oasis Farm Waterloo. All photos Ottilie Landmark

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