Three King’s is a documentary installation by site-specific artists Forster & Heighes. It revisits and imaginatively consolidates materials from the partnership’s three recent King’s based projects.
Over the last six years, in association with Professor Alan Read, The Performance Foundation, and The Twentieth Century Society, Forster & Heighes have undertaken an intriguing examination of some of King’s’ familiar and less familiar buildings. This project aimed to shift perceptions of the university’s estate beyond pragmatic rationales of supply and demand, procurement and construction, and to create a different sort of ‘recreational area’ - a ‘playground’ in which missing, abandoned, unclassifiable and wilder aspects of King’s and its history could be safely exercised.
The first of these projects, Revenue (2011), included rare images of the East Wing, Somerset House, taken during the final weeks of occupation by the Inland Revenue, before its transformation into the School of Law. The second, Plant Science (2013), examined the performative legacy of the redundant teaching spaces of the former Department of Plant Sciences, Herne Hill. The most recent, Is this Your Life? (2014) was a consideration of 22 Kingsway, now the Virginia Woolf Building, home of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, a 1960’s office block with a ‘permissive’ character and an extraordinary history.
Three King’s brings together film and photographic elements from the three previous works to create an atmospheric installation, which, combined with a series of talks and discussions with invited speakers around areas of heritage, value, identity and preservation, will highlight both the diversity of the built environment of King’s and the intriguing bonds and similarities that have helped to shape its identity today.
This exhibition is free and open to attend. Talks will take place at the below times in the Council Room and are Eventbrite ticketed:
It is advisable to arrive early for the talks in order to view the exhibition in advance.
Ewan Forster and Christopher Heighes are makers of site-specific performance and installation. For more than twenty years they have been developing new methodologies of performance in relation to the built environment. Their early works involved the retelling of often forgotten or neglected architectural histories. More recent commissions in the UK and abroad have been developed out of complex networks of research using arcane presentational devices that challenge architectural orthodoxy. They have presented work at The London Festival of Theatre (LIFT); Hebbel Theater, Berlin (HAU); Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and the Cultural Institute at King’s. Forster & Heighes are Creative Research Fellows at The University of Roehampton.