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Eddie Peake CIRCA 2020

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Get ready to immerse yourself in free public art as London emerges from lockdown with the third artist CIRCA has commissioned to take over the Piccadilly Lights in Piccadilly Circus throughout December.

Event Info

Date & Time

December 01 - December 31

Location

Piccadilly Circus, London, UK

Looking for free public art?

This December, don’t miss the third instalment by CIRCA from a series of immerse displays showing on the Piccadilly Lights in Piccadilly Circus.

Every evening at precisely 20:20 GMT throughout December, Eddie Peake will display his works, A Dream Of A Real Memory on the iconic London landmark.

A Dream Of A Real Memory is a devised drama featuring three characters set within a green screen cyclorama.

See abstract movement and dance employed as metaphoric means to engage ideas of tension and power dynamics embedded in relationships between people, or in individuals’ internal pursuit of their own self-identity.

The footage of the sixty-two-minute video work, screened in daily two-minute episodes over 31 days, is reversed, beginning at "the end” of the performance, showing the performers' tired bodies and messy makeup, and ending at “the beginning” of the performance. The backwards motion of the work is analogous with the distorted and fantastical-seeming realm of both dreams and memories, which though connected to reality can also warp and misrepresent it.

By revealing the filmmaker himself, the fracturing of the fourth wall emphasises the deceptive boundaries which dreams, memories, and reality possess.

This must-see free public art installation is a development of Peake’s live performance and performance-to-camera works, as well as a continuation of his interest in the screen as a physical object and conduit for the blending of multiple realities. The green screen is featured as a deliberate visible element and could be a fourth character within the drama, or perhaps even its protagonist.

Learn more about the display.

Want to mark this historic artistic moment?

Purchase exclusive limited-edition works made by Eddie Peake for £100. Funds raised go directly to a range of charities supporting the UK cultural sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Available exclusively from 1st – 31st December 2020, stocks are limited so get yours whilst you can.

Go to online shop.

Looking to learn more about CIRCA?

Created by artist Josef O’Connor, CIRCA commissions a different artist each month to present new ideas that

consider our world circa 2020. Each artist is invited to create a new work for Europe’s largest screen that offers an innovative and exciting way for people to engage with art, both outside and online, in a safe and socially distanced way.

Visitors to Piccadilly Circus can connect their headphones to WWW.CIRCA.ART and receive a fully immersive audio-visual experience. The website also streams the artwork every evening at 20:20GMT and hosts supporting content alongside past archives of CIRCA commissioned works from Cauleen Smith and Ai Weiwei.

CIRCA has been made possible by Landsec, landlord of Piccadilly Lights, who have kindly donated media space, as a helpful boost to the cultural scene in London’s West End.

Learn more about CIRCA here.

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