On Saturday 20 July, Sculpture in the City and Whitechapel Gallery celebrated the second edition of Nocturnal Creatures. Nocturnal Creatures is Whitechapel Gallery’s annual free late night contemporary art festival. For one night only, a host of extraordinary east-end spaces were transformed by an exciting programme of installations, performances, music, film and culinary experiences.
Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk) is a participatory artwork led by Guillaume Vandame , which took the form of a peaceful walk among LGBTQIA+ individuals of all ages and backgrounds as well as queer allies seeking to support the cause of equality and free love. Inviting participants were invited to dress in one of the seven colours associated with the LGBTQIA+ community (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink), and the walk explored the Sculpture in the City area, highlighting the diversity of sculptures on display along the way.
Graeme Miller’s On Air was a broadcast work staged between an aerial vantage point and an audience at ground level which for Nocturnal Creatures was located at St. Botolph’s without Aldgate. The landscape was translated into words by commentators and relayed to the remote audience, where an act of faith between the listeners and speakers ensued. A score of shifting grammatical tools revealed juxtaposition, synchronicity, action, space, the common and the unique. Each presentation is an unscripted and singularly composed response to its location.
Starting outside Fenchurch Street Station, one of the Arcadia locations, Leo Fitzmaurice lead a walk’n’talk with Rebecca Morrill of Phaidon Arts in ‘Detourist’ that invited visitors to wander the City streets. At Heneage Lane, Clare Jarrett performed ‘The Fabric’ evoking the mundanity of daily tasks and burden of toil experienced by many women around the world. Shaun C Badham’s ‘The Will to Proceed’ asked visitors to select what Sculpture in the City artworks would be included in their tour. Nina Saunders and Reza Aramesh each created site-specific performances at Undershaft and Bury Court respectively. Marisa Ferreira was in conversation with Richard Wentworth starting at Cullum Street where Marisa’s Series Industrial Windows I is located, reflecting on how we remember our cities through their buildings.
Thematic tours of the ninth edition of Sculpture in the City were led throughout the evening, including ‘Where Art Meets Architecture’ by David Rosenberg of Velorose. Acclaimed street photographer Nick Turpin judged an instagram-based street photography competition.
Musicity x Sculpture in the City, a project designed to enliven local sites with sound by linking architecture with music, was live during Nocturnal Creatures with a Silent Disco evening at Leadenhall Market headlined by Mixmaster Morris who composed the latest Musicity x Sculpture in the City track located at 70 St Mary Axe. Midori Komachi also performed a solo violin programme including her Musicity x Sculpture in the City site-specific composition ‘Full as Deep’ at Undershaft.
The Sculpture in the City programme for Nocturnal Creatures was supported by Fantastic Feats, Leadenhall Market & 22 Bishopsgate