ARCADE: Sacrifice Zone

SACRIFICE ZONE is a series of online commissions examining the links between artists and regeneration agendas. Over the coming year contributing artists and writers will sift through the ruins of development projects, pick over the bleached bones of mammoth, earth-shifting machinery, and gather the flotsam and jetsam abandoned by fleeing ‘place makers’.

With the shock-waves of economic crisis reverberating around the world, construction industries faltering and major development projects put on hold, a gap has opened in which debates about the complicity of art and artists in regeneration have taken on a new immediacy. Free to download from the Arcade website, the essays and artists’ projects in SACRIFICE ZONE will offer a critical framework within which it is hoped a new, engaged dialogue will emerge. Commissions three and four by writer Anthony Iles and artists Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead are available now.

Anthony Iles is a writer and contributing editor to Mute magazine. His essay for Arcade, Legislating for Enthusiasm: from Fun Palace to Creative Prison, explores the unsettling legacy of social engineering experiments in 1960s architecture, mapping them onto the futuristic projections for the London 2012 Olympics. Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead have previously collaborated on several projects that critically engaged with Liverpool’s year as ‘Capital of Culture’. Their elegiac project for Arcade, Future Visions of History, revisits 1984’s ‘Liverpool International Garden Festival’, an influential, yet flawed strategy for locating culture at the forefront of urban regeneration.

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Arcade is funded by Arts Council England and supported by ACAVA.
ARCADE: Sacrifice Zone

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