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Dig Collective: Hole Story

Date uploaded: September 16, 2014

During September 2014, DIG Collective are hosting a series of residencies, performances and events responding to, and sited in, an 8sq metre cubic hole dug into the large garden of the Old Rectory in Hackney Central, London, a property slated for imminent demolition and redevelopment. The residencies and events will culminate in the Art Licks Weekend, held from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2014.

This ‘pop down’ project space, rich in symbolic narratives, is a unique place in time to explore relationships between past and future, located between the dry administrative mechanisms of planning and the ritual exhuming of earth, between natural space and urban development and between history and myth.

As part of an ongoing programme of commissioned projects, the artists responsible for digging the hole have selected five proposals from an open call inviting artists to respond to the specific nature of the site and the provocation of its imminent demolition. Visitors will be able to drop in and witness the artists at work and experience the performances and events during weekends throughout September. All events are free and no booking is required, except for Gareth Evans’ event on the 21st of September. For more details of the full programme of event click here.

These residencies and events will culminate in the Art Licks Weekend on the 2nd to the 5th of October 2014, visitors are invited to experience the final days of this temporary space before its closure and disappearance into the ground of the Old Rectory, heading towards its imminent redevelopment.