A London Address: The Artangel Essays

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A London Address: The Artangel Essays

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In a unique and experimental collaboration between Artangel and Living Architecture, a dwelling was built on top of London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. The dwelling was a boat, Roi de Belges, inspired by the Thames and by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Writers and artists were given short residencies and wrote about the strange experience of staying in a boat overlooking the river. This book, a collection of their pieces responding to one of the most important works of 20th-century fiction, is a result of that collaboration.

From Juan Gabriel Vásquez's meditation on belonging, identity and the otherness of London to Michael Ondaatje's piercing reflections on history and literature, via Jeanette Winterson's lyrical, impressionistic musings and Caryl Phillips's supple and poetic observations, this is Joseph Conrad, the Thames and the capital city as you have never experienced them before.

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ARTANGEL commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists. Over the past two decades, Artangel projects have materialised in a range of different sites and situations and in countless forms of media, from film and video to sculpture and sound installations. Artangel has generated some of the most talked-about, contentious and acclaimed art of recent times, including work by Francis Als, Clio Barnard, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Brian Eno, Douglas Gordon, Roger Hiorns, Michael Landy, Susan Philipsz, Gregor Schneider, Rachel Whiteread and Robert Wilson.

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I caught myself listening on tiptoe for the next beat of the boat …

Joseph Conrad,

Heart of Darkness

With London’s Olympic year visible on the edge of the horizon, Living Architecture and Artangel embarked on a collaboration that would conjure up a boat beached on the top of a building high above the Thames.

We imagined a space which would work both as a one-bedroom hotel for private booking by members of the public and as a studio and observatory for artists, musicians and writers. An international architectural competition for A Room for London was launched with an open brief for the site on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre, offering panoramic views taking in the City of London and St Paul’s to the east and Big Ben and the London Eye to the west; at the epicentre of the city, yet gently removed from its urgent bustle.

David Kohn Architects, in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, won out with their

Roi des Belges, a boat-shaped installation that took its name from the paddle steamer Joseph Conrad captained up the Congo River, setting sail from the Thames at Gravesend in 1890. We know from Conrad’s diary and Up-River Book that it was his experience of this attritional journey that inspired the story and setting for Heart of Darkness, published just at the end of the century.

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