NEW BEDFORD RISING

8th Wonder of the Miniature World by Jimmy Cauty

 
 

Following the media scrum and high-density crowds of Banksy’s Dismaland), for those unable to attend and for those who were rushed through, L-13 LIW and Illuminate Productions are pleased to present Jimmy Cautyʼs Aftermath Dislocation Principle (The ADP) in London.

Crashing together the boundaries of high art and mass culture, The ADP was a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature; a dystopian model village where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land.

Jimmy Cauty and his small team of helpers painstakingly created this vast and intricate scene over a period of 9 months using traditional model making materials and techniques. Entering into the world of hobbyist model-makers and turning it on its head, The ADP presented a flipside narrative packed with exquisite detail and apocalyptic humour, principally 3000 tiny policemen in a vast post-apocalyptic landscape.

During the exhibition visitors could also witness the construction of a new section of the model being made onsite, Cauty was onsite for 3 months as artist in residence making NEW BEDFORD RISING: Connected to the main section, via a suspension bridge, this was a massive construction site in the shape of the Tower of Babel. A spiral city where an immense (1/87 scale) 323 metre Solid Gold Pyramid was built to usher in a New Edenic Era. New Bedford rose from the wreckage; a paradise where policemen could roam free, living idyllic lives and raising their young in a crime free epoch of law and order, peace, and eternal bliss.

Once complete the artworks were housed in 3 shipping containers of various sizes so that they could travel: to be shipped and shown in almost any situation – They could go anywhere to seek their audience. The models are viewed through observation ports in the sides of the containers.

Titled, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) A trilogy of artworks by Jimmy Cauty, they went on a nationwide tour stopping of 38 riot sites across the UK.  From the extreme to the mundane to the populist and elitist, the exhibition sites ranged from muddy fields and small community centres to major national art galleries. The tour, known as the ADP Riot Tour (#AdpRiotTour), ended on Christmas Day, 2016 in Bedford, at the Panacea Museum, with all three containers being sited together in the former Panacea Society’s ‘Garden of Eden’.

The artworks are currently travelling across European and Russian Territories.

 

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Date
90 days, November – January 2016

Location In a disused railway arch, 4 America Street SE1 0NJ

L-13 Light Industrial Workshop In partnership with Illuminate Productions


Supported by
Greggs and the Panacea Society

Key coverage total reach Now seen by over a million visitors

 
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Believe the Magic

A Short Road Movie by Jimmy Cauty, staring Debbie Harry, Nick Lehan and Branko Tomovic

Believe the Magic was a short film that was made and directed by Jimmy Cauty with music by the D.1.Light Industrial Orchestra and with the help of Illuminate Productions.

In this fast-paced road movie, a young man believes he has won a part in a Hollywood film opposite the rock legend Debbie Harry. The film follows him for 24 hours from an inner-city squat party through the streets and suburbs of south London as he tries to make it to the airport.

The film premiered in the Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London in 2012

Believe the Magic The film was kindly supported by S+O Media

 

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"Untitled"

In 2012, Cauty created a large scale, site-specific digital print on paper for a hoarding in London Bridge. As before the cultural subversion and level of high humour were elemental to the work and the roguish approach radical, responsive and darkly comical.  The work engaged its diverse audience in critical pleasure.

About the Artist

Over the past 30 years James Cauty has distinguished himself as a musician, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art and popularist mediums - often to spectacular or controversial effect. From a string of number one hits as founder and member of The KLF, to implementation of the The K-Foundation and the seminal action, Watch the K-Foundation Burn a Million Quid (1994), to later artistic experiments with sonic weapons, stamp collecting and model making, cultural subversion and a gleeful level of high humour are elemental to all the work whilst never failing engage its audience in critical pleasure.

www.jamescauty.com