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“The first thing one notices as they approach Christian Kerrigan’s new installation, Still Life, is a faint sense of humidity and an organic smell not unlike the air at the mouth of a cave. Ascending the staircase of the St Philips building on the LSE campus in central London at just the right moment, the fortuitous viewer will also perceive the sound of condensation falling in an echoey chamber and feel the slight stirring of the air, like a breeze through a window before a sudden rain.

Created as part of the St Philips Exhibition, which brings together new works from some twenty artists into the vacant space of a former workhouse and hospital in the weeks before its demolition, Kerrigan has created a piece that blends the spectre of the modern ruin with the painterly domain of the traditional still life.”

Time Out
“In the run-up to the demolition of LSE’s St Philip’s building – an Edwardian block that served as a workhouse, venereal disease hospital and refugee facility – 20 artists have created new works that engage with the building’s history and critical debates about destruction and creativity in the city. The closing event is a screening of Emma-Louise Williams’s film, ‘Under the Cranes’ (2011) and a discussion with Michael Rosen, whose writings accompany the film. Other participants include Tom Hunter, Gus Casely-Hayford, Richard McCormac and Josephine Berry Slater.”

“This building is on death row. St Phillips, tucked away among the campus buildings of the London School of Economics, is a former workhouse, venereal disease hospital and refugee facility, dating from 1904. Its days are numbered. The notional wrecking ball moves in later this month.

Before it is ground to dust, though, St Phillips is enjoying one last hoorah. A week-long series of events, included guided walks, film screenings and lectures, coupled with an exhibition by 20 artists, seeks to throw a fitting retirement party, or pre-emptive wake for the condemned building. The exhibition draws on themes from the building’s history, and looks at processes of destruction, creation and decay.”

BD Online Culture Guide 9-13 May
Featured as part of Building Design’s online cultural guide for 9-13 May 2011.

London Architecture Diary
The London Architecture Diary features the St Philips Exhibition.

Infinite Thought
Nina Power posts a link to the exhibition.

Dead Parrot Pages
A long feature on the Dead Parrot Pages blog from New York.

Local blogger muses on unused spaces after reading about the St Philips Exhibition.

LSE News
Featured as part of the London School of Economics and Political Science Staff Newsletter.

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