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Jimmy Cauty’s Model Village Comes to London Following Dismaland Scrum

13-11-2015
 
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Jimmy Cauty’s iconic 'Model Village’ is coming to London following the media scrum and high density crowds of Banksy’s Dismaland, last summer. For those unable to attend and for those who were rushed through, Illuminate Productions and L-13 LIW are to present Cautyʼs Aftermath Dislocation Principle (The ADP) the critically acclaimed model village in a railway arch in London’s Bankside. The village will grow in scale whilst the show is open to the public; to reveal the 8th wonder of the miniature world.

Crashing together the boundaries of high art and mass culture, The ADP is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature; a dystopian model village where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land. Jimmy Cauty and his small team of helpers painstakingly created this vast and intricate scene over a period of 9 months using traditional model making materials and techniques. Entering into the world of hobbyist model-makers and turning it on its head, The ADP presents a flipside narrative packed with exquisite detail and apocalyptic humour, making for an intensely engaging experence.

During the exhibition visitors can also witness the construction of a new section of the model being made onsite, Cauty will be onsite as artist in residence making NEW BEDFORD RISING: Connected to the main section, via a suspension bridge, will be a massive construction site in the shape of the Tower of Babel. A spiral city where an immense (1/87 scale) 323 metre Solid Gold Pyramid is being built to usher in a New Edenic Era that the constabulary believe is imminent. New Bedford is rising from the wreckage; a paradise where policemen can roam free, living idyllic lives and raising their young in a crime free epoch of law and order, peace, and eternal bliss.

Over the past 30 years James Cauty has distinguished himself as a musician, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art and popularist mediums - often to spectacular or controversial effect. From a string of number one hits as founder and member of The KLF, to implementation of the The K-Foundation and the seminal action, Watch the K-Foundation Burn a Million Quid (1994), to later artistic experiments with sonic weapons, stamp collecting and model making, cultural subversion and a gleeful level of high humour are elemental to all the work whilst never failing engage its audience in critical pleasure.


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