In association with Going Public/aMAZElab, Milan, Port City locates a series of works beyond the walls of Arnolfini, siting them in relation to the quaysides, wharfs, and the historic industrial landscape of Bristols harbourside.
Each of the artists have previously collaborated with Going Public and for Port City they re-contextualise recent projects for new locations, or have developed new projects specifically for the exhibition in Bristol.
Grzegorz Klamans Flag for Democracy was first presented as part of a Going Public project for the city of Modena. In Bristol the work is sited on the facade of the L Shed building on Princes Wharf, built as a cargo transit shed and until recently Bristols Industrial Museum. The site of the works production, in the ship yards of Gdansk, bears a striking resemblance to the chosen site with its cranes and harbour railway, signifying the recent industrial past of Princes Wharf. Zafos Xagoraris performs a new live sound work, which archives and amplifies the sounds of port environments, generating connections between Bristol and the port cities of Athens and Istanbul. A new poster work by Jenny Vogel sited on the walls of a disused engine shed on Narrow Quay presents a sequence of digital images part of an ongoing project that works with webcam nocturnal views of ports around the world.
This programme of commissions is curated by Claudia Zanfi, curator, Artistic Director of Going Public/aMAZElab and Associate Curator of Port City.