Leandro Erlich: Dalston House / Barbican, London / Interview

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is a highly interactive work that lives through the participation of the visitors. As the organizers state, visitors can “scale the walls of a Victorian terraced house without your feet ever leaving the ground.” So if you ever wanted to be Spider-Man, that’s your chance.

Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston. The work resembles a theater set. Erlich created a detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – recalling those that once stood on the street – that lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically.

Leandro Erlich’s installation Dalston House goes back to his work Bí¢timent that he conceived for the 2004 edition of the “La Nuit Blanche”-event in Paris, France. The Argentinian artist is known for his works that play with space, architecture and the viewer’s perception. Other popular works are La Torre (2007) and Swimming Pool (2008).

On the occasion of Leandro Erlich’s installation Dalston House, VernissageTV had the chance to speak with the artist about his latest installation and his work in general.

The captivating, three-dimensional visual illusion Dalston House at 1-7 Ashwin Street in Dalston (London, UK) runs until August 4, 2013. Erlich’s installation will be accompanied by talks, workshops and live performances, exploring themes related to the project, including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which will be developed in collaboration with local organisations. Leandro Erlich: Dalston House is part of the Beyond Barbican Summer 2013.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House / Interview. June 26, 2013.

PS: Click here to watch Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

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