Here's some information about an exciting show opening soon at the amazing Perrott's Folly that I written a text for (but sadly not curated) >
IRMINSUL: YOU ARE LOST
Preview Friday 23rd March 6.30 - 9.00pm, Perrott’s Folly
“Unreason possesses the folly, it stands brittle and always wrong with the Landscape” (Jones, Barbara)
Perrott's Folly occupies an unusual position in Birmingham’s topography.
Built in 1758, the folly once stood dominant on Edgbaston’s skyline, overlooking a vast park owned by the wealthy landowner John Perrott. Acting as a status symbol and place of escape, the folly would have been a source of fascination and intrigue for Edgbaston’s inhabitants. However, as the parkland was increasingly consumed in the height of the industrial revolution the folly became dislocated from its raison d’être.
Now finding itself a casualty of Birmingham’s sprawling urbanisation, the folly stands as an anomalous relic in a city strewn with the architectural revisions gone by from Chamberlain to Madin. “Irminsul, You are Lost” seeks to consider the potential capacity of the building through re-conceiving the folly as an axis mundi. The artists have each produced new works which explore the incongruity of the buildings placement and past by opening up the tower as a platform for vertical play.
Artists: Alexis Soul-Gray, Eleanor Pearce, Alex Carr, Fiona Eastwood, Gaetan Sigonney, Caroline Underwood, Hannah Turner Duffin, Elizabeth Jordan.
Texts contributed by Charlie Levine and Jonathan Orlek.