Sunday, 1 July 2007

HOT: Antony Gormley's Blind Light exhibition and 'Imagining the City' panel discussion - Hayward Gallery, Southbank

For the first time in my life I stayed awake for a 2.5 hour lecture and powerpoint presentation after lunch. An absolutely fascinating talk by the Hayward Gallery about the themes behind Antony Gormley's work and the philosophy of architecture and urbanisation. Yalin and I were so shell-shocked afterwards that we decided to reconvene the next day to visit the exhibition. The impressive centrepiece was Blind Light - I won't bore you with a deep intellectual discussion but basically it makes the body the structure, turns the concept of a safe shelter inside out and was an incredibly disorientating yet calming experience. We liked it so much we went in twice. Look out for Gormely's looming sculptures dotted around the LDN skyline as well - the body as the shadow, the background as the foreground. Go and see this - the best exhibition I've seen all year.

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