For Kiosk 5: Kite Kiosk, the artists recreated a modernist kiosk unit based on the 1930s design of Berthold Lubetkin for Dudley Zoo. “Kiosks are a wonderful invention. You can live your life the geometric way framed within a diametric ellipsoid composition designed to make things better”, (Simon and Tom Bloor).
These kiosks are seen as symbols of a utopian future. “As the world develops, new things have to be made out of the fragments; needs will be radically different”, (Simon and Tom Bloor). From the kiosk red and black kites are available, each printed with quotes and keywords from current “culture and regeneration debate.”(Norman).
These quotes were further investigated in a booklet put together by the artists, which was also available from the Kiosk.
Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor are an artist group (formed in 2005) based in Birmingham, UK. Their ongoing Kiosk project exploits two ellipsoid concrete buildings located among a series of enclosures created for Dudley Zoo (UK) in 1937 by the Russian architect Berthold Lubetkin and his young architecture group Tecton. With a shared interest in Modernist design and architecture and the proliferation of ideas and images through print Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor are sending Lubetkin’s kiosk on new adventures around the globe, giving the kiosks a new lease of life as the multitude of kiosk uses grows.
Gavin Wade is an artist-curator, serial collaborator, Director of the new Eastside Projects, Birmingham and Research Fellow in Curating at Birmingham City University. His practice combines a number of strategies from developing structures within exhibitions for ‘supporting’ the work of others to a broader enquiry into utopian sites of/for art, resulting in projects merging fiction, public space and whatever else feels urgent at the time.
Simon & Tom Bloor are artists using a variety of social and artistic media, making projects that develop from research into a diverse range of subject matter which includes historic documents, 20th Century architecture & design and contemporary popular culture.
See Gavin Wade mit Simon and Tom Bloor’s work :www.kiosk1and2.org
Nils Norman has developed his own mix of art and activism, examining histories of utopian thinking and ideas on alternative economic systems that can work within urban living conditions.
Norman collaborates with a range of artists and also lectures in Europe and the US. He completed a major design project for the Roskilde Commune in Denmark in 2005 and is now working on a school playground project for the new Golden Lane Campus in East London.