What next for the yellow ribbon?…

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of yellow ribbon in Dilston Grove. It started with Anne Bean’s Rapunzel-like cascade of 100km of shiny yellow ribbon from the balcony of the old pulpit in the former mission church in Southwark Park. William Cobbing continued the theme by using said ribbon to create a mountainous horizon, over which we could spy his video works. Last weekend, David Cotterrell reconfigured the luminous material yet again into a surface, a landscape on which light danced and our vision swam. Regular visitors to the gallery have become fond of this stuff, this synthetic matter which so far has invaded Dilston Grove like a seeping carpet of plastic sunshine. But the recurring question remains each week – what will become of the yellow ribbon?

This week, Carl von Weiler is in residence, working away diligently among the concrete dust and – you guessed it – ribbon. The official line about his approach is this:

“Over the course of 1 week processes of inversion and reversal will be used to reshape the materials left by previous artists, towards the formation of a new work.

For several years now Von Weiler has been exploring an area between video image, sound and sculptural object. Performative in nature, his work has often focussed on the phenomenon of gravity, particularly in relation to the de-materialised nature of both sound and the video image. Often using techniques of inversion – both literally and in terms of our expectations – von Weiler variously attributes sound with a visual and physical weight or promotes the passive TV monitor to a status of structural importance. The work covers a broad spectrum, from the sculptural object, sound and video works, to large-scale installations and small drawings made for galleries/museums and off-site locations both inside and outdoors. Von Weiler’s installations in the late 1990s in spaces such as Matt’s Gallery and the Museum of Installation, London, are characterised by their staging of a mis-en-scene where the viewer became the participant, contingent to its interpretation. Recent projects include work as part of Loop Festival in Barcelona, Doodah at Storey Gallery, Lancaster and Monument; a two-part video installation at Central Station Metro station, Newcastle upon Tyne, part of the Arena public art initiative organised by the Samling Foundation and Baltic, Gateshead.

The work is open to view on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July (2-6pm) with a private view 4-6pm on Saturday 2nd July.”

But what will he actually do….? How can we expect to find the ribbon when we return this weekend?

Visible Tracks couldn’t possible reveal that much, but the clue is in the photograph above.

WAKE is open this weekend, 2-3 July 12-6pm, where you can see what Carl von Weiler has done with the ribbon (and the rest of Dilston Grove).

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