Drift

Drift
A site-specific work for the Wirksworth Festival 2011 (9 – 25 September 2011).

Drift proposes a re-siting of South London’s iconic Battersea Power Station into the centre of the conservation area in the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth – thus obliterating much of the conservation area with a building that itself has been left to decay. The work comments on the ways in which society sees industrial heritage and how social significance and value can change, and be lost.

Taking my cue from the architect Cedric Price (1934-2003), who envisaged a reuse for Battersea that only retained the most iconic parts of the building (the four ‘up-turned table’ chimneys), I proposed an intervention in Wirksworth that ‘destabilises preconceptions of site and meaning’ by inviting participants to ‘think the unimaginable’ (Powell, 1997) – to reframe the town by clipping, cutting out, and masking the town’s historic centre with an imposition of Battersea power station that questions what buildings are for, why we venerate some buildings more than others and what’s so wrong with ‘Jazz Moderne’ anyway?

Installation in the Parish Rooms, Wirksworth

Pages from the A6 Booklet, produced to support the installation