Wolfgang Weileder: Laban Transferred
An exhibition of photography and film by Wolfgang Weileder based on Transfer Laban, 2016, the artist’s architectural installation presented at Canary Wharf during LFA2016. Over the two-week period, the 40m long façade of Herzog & de Meuron’s Laban Building in Deptford was momentarily revealed through a process of simultaneous construction and deconstruction while the structure moved slowly across Montgomery Square. A series of public dance performances were presented on site, developed in collaboration with choreographer Charles Linehan and students from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The project was recorded using specially constructed photographic cameras and photographic plates that were exposed for the entire two-week duration of the installation.
The next iteration of the project, Laban Transferred, presents Weileder’s black & white photographs and time-lapse video on a massive scale in the Lobby of One Canada Square. The video is shown juxtaposed with a new film of dance performance by the students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, again created in response to the structure.
Seen by thousands of people in June 2016 – an audience largely drawn from those who work on the Canary Wharf estate – the new exhibition offers them an opportunity to revisit and remember their experience of the previous year, as well as another opportunity for unexpected public encounter, opening up new possibilities to reflect on the function and understanding of urban public place as a cultural, corporate and commercial environment.