HOUSE OF PAIN
The publics screams light up building by ML Studio
To transform public spaces and bring colour and animation to the streets; artists were commissioned to convert hoardings and derelict buildings into public works of art, in order to celebrate the history of the Bankside area amongst its rapid regeneration.
Artists Marcus Lyall and Mark Logue designed a site-specific installation in a disused dentists’ building before its demolition. Visitors were greeted by a receptionist and then led into a back room of the building to have a cathartic scream in private. Their vocal outpourings generated an instant light installation that reverberated throughout the building. Changing constantly with the quality of their voices, the public's screams translated into a large scale public artwork visible from the street below. The complex play of light and shadow became a focal point of the busy high street in London Bridge.
Over 27,000 people participated over 20 days (5 hours a day), the installation proved to be a positive and therapeutic experience for everyone that participated, then with endorphins released they stepped back onto a bustling London street.
Date 20 days in September/October 2013
Location A disused dentist building before demolition, Zenith House, 135 Borough High Street, London Bridge, SE1 1NP
Curated and Produced by Illuminate Productions in partnership with Better Bankside and Tate Modern
Supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, Kings College, Science Gallery, Lighting company
Key coverage total reach 18 million. Media included Metro, Time Out , InSE1, Now Here This Time Out, All in London, Visit London, View London, Weekend Notes, Londonist, The Quietus, Art Rabbit
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Marcus Lyall and Mark Logue collaborate under the name ML Studios. Between them they have created live events and shows for large audiences, working on some of the largest concerts in the world. Their work combines film-making, animation, lighting, interaction and stagecraft; to produce hard-edged theatrical experiences.
Marcus has created experimental film and interactive projects for the last 20 years. Starting with live film shows during the days of rave, he moved on to specialise in making visuals for large-scale concerts. He now works on a range of moving-image projects, from stage visuals for Metallica's award-winning feature film to directing a commercial starring Lionel Messi. He has created a number of artworks which have been exhibited at galleries worldwide including; The ICA London, National Gallery of Australia, Seoul Museum of Modern Art and The Science Museum, London.
Mark trained in Fine Art at Central St Martins. Becoming interested in digital film-making, he set up Punk Films to produce music videos, live visuals and experimental documentaries. As well as producing visuals for bands including U2 and The Rolling Stones, he has collaborated with a number of leading contemporary artists on film projects. He is also the co-author of a book about his grandfather, Lionel Logue, subject of the award-winning film 'The King's Speech'.