THE DEMOLITION PROJECT
Friday November 28, 17:30–19:30
Garage Education Center
The Demolition Project is a collaboration between artist duo Debbie Kent and Alisa Oleva that enables people to reimagine their city by symbolically demolishing buildings, streets or other parts of the built environment. The artists began working together in London in May 2013 with this participatory piece that invites participants to reshape the city using basic tools – pens, paper, scalpels – and a giant map of the city. In exchange, they must tell the artists why they wish to expunge these urban elements from the city.
The Demolition Project began with a durational piece at ]performance space[ in Hackney Wick, London, in May 2013 and the artists have since visited festivals, galleries, and private workshops, opening the map to participants for periods ranging from 90 minutes to six hours. Their summary of their work so far Demolitions: A Progress Report, was presented as a performance-lecture at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, East London in May 2014. So far, their project has only been presented in London, but they have always wanted to try it in a different city. Today, they’re excited to try it at Garage in Moscow.
Debbie Kent and Alisa Oleva are based between London and Moscow. Their work explores ways of reimagining the city and our relationship with it, through maps, walking, metaphor, and participation.