While We Wait

Sep

16-24

2017

10am–5:45pm daily; Friday 10am-10pm

Free Event

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/Q1vQr2P6/while-we-wait-ldf

While We Wait is an immersive installation by Bethlehem-based architects Elias and Yousef Anastas about the cultural claim over nature in Palestine.

The towering structure consists of elements of stone from different regions of Palestine, fading upwards from earthy red to pale limestone. The stone elements are shaped by both innovative and traditional techniques: they are designed on a computer, cut by robots and hand-finished by local artisans. The process of "stereotomy", the art of cutting stones so they can be assembled into a larger configuration, enables the lace-like structure to support itself. Moreover, the gaps between the stones allow viewers to look out, while evocative sound and video components encourage them to imagine the installation's eventual natural surroundings.

After being exhibited at the V&A, While Ww Wait will live permanently in the Cremisan Valley, where the controversial separation wall is currently being built. In stark contrast to the wall, which divides the Palestinian landscape, this installation inspired by the valley will venerate its extreme natural beauty.

To activate its function, a cultural programme will be co-created with the local community exploring some of the themes of the installation. It will act as a monument and gathering space owned by the community.

Event Location

Locations:

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London

SW7 2RL

Plan your visit:

South Kensington

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2017 will be held 16-24 September, featuring over 500 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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