To live is to leave Traces – Walter Benjamin
Every story, however hidden, leaves a trace…The objects we leave behind speak fragile broken sentences to those who come across them later. Have you ever stood in a museum and longed to make contact with those stories, by touching the objects so tantalisingly close behind the glass? Or wandered through a dilapidated and empty house, wishing you could see it as the last inhabitants left it?
In February 2014, Traces will be holding an immersive and interactive art and design showcase in an unused building in London. Staying true to archival research into the history of the building, Traces will be showcasing new work which reflects the history of the building and the people who inhabited it. The interdisciplinary Traces team will work with up to 70 artists and designers to recreate the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a time gone by. The public will be invited to explore these histories for themselves and even purchase items on display.
The location, era and characters behind Traces 2014 is currently top secret, but you are invited to follow a teaser campaign on twitter (@traceslondon) and instagram (@traceslondon) to discover this information for yourself! Maps, archival research and tokens will form a unique guerrilla campaign taking place around the site itself.
We hope to see you there!
‘Traces’ is an immersive art and design company who specialise in putting on events in disused buildings, exploring their history.
We work with an eclectic range of artists and designers across all media, who create work based on the narrative of the space to give the audience a new way of experiencing art and design. We’d like to give people a new way to experience spaces, and the objects within them. Maybe getting a glimpse into a real but forgotten history in a building that’s not usually open to the public, and going on a journey of discovery and investigation.
Traces London was founded in 2012 and have since put on 2 shows, one based in victorian london and the other at tom dixons docks looking at portobello market as part of the london design festival.
The most innovative show all year – Wonderland magazine
After painstaking research in local archives, they have brought it alive with a bevy of contemporary artists – London Evening Standard
If you don’t like art in soulless galleries, Traces might be more your thing – Lecool magazine
Traces 2014 is supported by the arts council england.