Launching with a world exclusive in Stoke-on-Trent, the follow-up to the world famous ADP RIOT TOUR sees artist Jimmy Cauty present ESTATE, an interactive, multi-media touring artwork comprising of four concrete tower blocks built at 1:24 scale and displayed in a 40ft shipping container.
It is in many ways a continuation of the ADP Riot Tour.
Each tower block is 17 floors high (approx. 2 metres) with meticulously crafted derelict interiors - some with lights, toilets and tiny TVs playing looped public information broadcasts. One tower block is dedicated to residential and light industrial Live Work Die units, another is a children’s prison, the third a high-rise residential care home, and the last appears to have functioned as a pagan religious centre. They are all empty and no one knows what happened to the inhabitants.
The container has three operating modes: LOCKDOWN, STANDBY and FULL ENGLISH
It will always be (where possible) invigilated by young people known as the CHILDREN OF THE AFTERMATH
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKET
Each viewing of ESTATE takes 5 minutes. We are offering 20 viewings of ESTATE each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 27 September through to 24 October.
NOTE: ESTATE is operating under COVID-19 Restrictions
– Please choose your day and timeslot, and bring your printed ticket to the site. – Remember your ticket is for 1 person - or 1 small family or relationship 'bubble' of up to 4 people. If you are intending to experience ESTATE in a small group/bubble - please select only 1 ticket – Please arrive 5 minutes before your ticket time and we will take your names and contact details for Contact track and Trace. You will be given full instructions on how to access ESTATE. – Please bring your face mask or suitable face covering. Entry will not be permitted without a face mask or suitable face covering.
NOTE: Entry to ESTATE is strictly at the time stated on your ticket - unfortunately, if you miss your timeslot, we won't be able to allow you entry, so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
ESTATE #TPD446 has been a work in progress since 2018. It is now at the end of the build stage and, following beta testing on 5th August 2020 at a secret location in London, the work is now ready for its world premiere on the Smithfield site in the City Centre of in Stoke- on-Trent, in collaboration with Airspace Gallery.
From here, ESTATE will embark on the next stage of its world tour. At each stage of the tour the local hosts will be encouraged to take matters into their own hands and develop their own programme of events in response to ESTATE #TPD446 in a way that is pertinent and meaningful to them.
ABOUT JIMMY CAUTY
As a teenager Cauty drew the intricate multi-million selling Lord of the Rings poster for British retailer Athena. With Bill Drummond as The KLF and the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Cauty co-wrote and produced a string of global top ten hits.
As The K-Foundation, Cauty and Drummond staged a series of seminal actions including the 1994 K Foundation Art Award for Worst Artist of the Year and the K Foundation Burn A Million Quid.
From experimental sonic weapons (the Advanced Acoustic Armaments), to anti-war postage stamps (Stamps of Mass Destruction), and model making (Riot In A Jam Jar and the Aftermath Dislocation Principle) Cauty’s work combines dissent, cultural subversion and gleeful level of high humour. His roguish and voluble approach has earned him a cult following for work that remains radical, responsive and darkly comical. He produces work that draws on and responds to contemporary culture, sampling it and selling it back as recoded realities.
In 2013 Cauty completed The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP), a vast 1:87 scale-model landscape (equivalent to 1 sq mile in miniature) which has been completely looted, destroyed, burnt and is devoid of life apart from 3000 or so model police that attend this apocalyptic aftermath. In 2015 the ADP was shown at Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston Super Mare. The following year the ADP was re-configured and housed in a 40ft shipping container with industrial viewing ports built into the sides, and despatched on a pilgrimage to over 35 sites of historic rioting and public dissent in the UK: The ADP Riot Tour. By the end of the tour the ADP was viewed by more than 1 million people.
The ADP now tours sites of historic rioting around the world and is currently in Tasmania, but soon to head for The Netherlands.
The Children of the Aftermath
During the ADP Riot Tour it was discovered that children were the most enthusiastic and articulate ambassadors for the work. So, for the World Riot Tour, it was decided that young people known as The Children of the Aftermath would be the principle invigilators of the work to help guide visitors and answer the difficult questions the artist and organisers would try to avoid.