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"Atelier van Lieshout"
2002-04-26 until 2002-06-16
Camden Arts Centre
Atelier van Lieshout's architectural structures and mechanisms for living suggest alternative ways of thinking, working and playing. AVL occupy all the Centre's spaces with work not previously seen in Britain, including Hotel de Luxe - a fully-functioning pod-hotel consisting of six 'maxi-capsules' equipped with heating, cooling, ventilation and entertainment systems. Other works include a composting toilet and sewerage system and a fitness centre. This new work is AVL's first pod-hotel and has evolved from a longstanding investigation of temporary structures and portable, self-sustaining systems for living.
Atelier van Lieshout's designs often have an architectural purpose and are intentionally enduring. Self-sufficiency and practical uses of space recur through their work, echoing the imminent temporary relocation of Camden Arts Centre and its activities during refurbishment to venues around North London.
AVL is fronted by Joep van Lieshout and consists of a group of artists and specialists who make work collectively. They are based in Rotterdam where they have established AVL-Ville, a free-state situated over two sites in the harbour area where art, community and sanctuary mix imperceptibly. AVL-Ville is a social structure, exhibition, residence, workshop, academy, city farm and café all in one. It has its own constitution, flag and money and as with all of their work, it is fully operational. AVL's art is not something simply to look at but 'to live with, to live in and to live by'. They have realised numerous projects and exhibitions in Europe, North America, Australia and South America.