TRACK: GHOST IN THE MACHINE
LOCATION: VINEGAR YARD
Along St Thomas Street, facing Platform 15 of London Bridge Station, giant ants, clambering over railway carriages draw attention to today’s incarnation of Vinegar Yard.
Their creator, the artist Joe Rush and the Mutoid Waste Company, has a working studio in the Yard’s old wig factory, where the public can watch him and his team creating his mutant works.
Spilling out of the building, a street food market and bar cater to the crowds, with a vintage and makers market at the eastern end of the Yard selling treasures and pre-loved artefacts through the week. Used as a leather warehouse as recently as 1999, the vacant 19th century warehouse, complete with original loading bays and lifting gear, overlooks Vinegar Yard. It offers a perspective of the area going back to the 1800’s, when the site was dominated by industry, workers’ houses and hop warehouses. Vinegar Yard is now at the centre of a major redevelopment plan
Gestalt is a collaborative Audio/Visual project directed & curated by composers Joel Wells & Abi Wade, with a sole focus on creating experimental music works and soundscapes, which have an intrinsic relationship to visual art. The duo have a passion for collaborating with other visual artists and musicians, exploring alternative ways of creating music which crosses multiple genres, media and culture. Ranging from electronic synthesis, field recording/sampling, classical, cinematic and soundscape pieces. Wells and Wade combine an alternative and experimental approach to sound, composition, performance and instrumentation.