Exchange: Leipzig, Lyon, birmingham 2015 / by Claire Farrell

Future Worn Out New One

Birmingham (UK), Leipzig (GER) & Lyon (FRA) 2015

Future Worn Out New One by Sven Bergelt was an exhibition that questioned Birmingham's perpetual rebirth and identity crisis through the demolition in 2015 of John Maden's brutalist Central Library as a catalyst. The work was developed through a three month residency with Glenn Howells Architects and WERK, as part of WERK's partnership exchange programme between three European sister cities of Leipzig HALLE14, Birmingham | WERK and Lyon | École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. The project was created by Leipzig based arts organisation HALLE 14 - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst to celebrate the 1000 year birthday of the city of Leipzig.

Leipzig based artist Sven Bergelt was selected through a panel review prcess to spend 3 months in Birmingham, and Birmingham based artist Ian Richards was selected to spend 3 months in Leipzig.

Exchange@2015.le resulted in a group show 'Manifestations of a Far Nearness' at the Spinnerei Gallery in Leipzig.

Read a review of Sven Bergelt's work by Anneka French here
Read a review of Ian Richards work by Cathy Wade here

Funded by Leipzig Municipality, Glenn Howells Architects, Argent, Zahoot Print and WERK.