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THE ISLAND is an international collaborative project initiated in summer 2010 by a group of artists based in Leeds (UK) and Halle (Germany). After a year-long process of exchanges between the two geographically separated groups, an artistic ‘ping-pong’ game has ensued, centred around questions such as: What is the island? Where is the island? What does the island consist of? Can an island come into existence through collective imagination? Can it be democratically designed? Is it a place of utopia or dystopia? Through the testing of different digital and analogue means of communication including blogs, YouTube videos, messages in bottles, postcards and public web cams each group fills this imaginary white patch on the map which is THE ISLAND and communicates the outcome to the other; in turn, the second group responds, and the process is repeated.

THE ISLAND culminates this week in a set of two exhibitions on the opposite sides of the North Sea, running simultaneously in Leeds and Halle and linked by the virtually projected image of the other exhibition space. By establishing a live albeit restricted communication line through the means of internet-based technologies, visitors of THE ISLAND are confronted with a place which inevitably refers to somewhere other than itself. Through this encounter, we invite visitors to become Islanders themselves, and partake in our ping-pong game binding THE ISLAND together.

Images of exhibition:

Leeds, West Yorkshire, (UK) & Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, (D)

Halle Islanders: Laura Rühl, Anna Koenemann, Anne Schneider, Bernd Neumann, Kristina Sinn, Lea Bruns, Magdalena Rude, Sandy Winkler, Sophia Venske, Sophia Wiest, Thomas Kirchner.
Leeds Islanders: Clare McCormack, Gaia Rosenberg Colorni, Gwilym Sainbury, James Noonan, Alice Lea.



Leeds side, PSL- viewing room, Whitehall Waterfront, 2 Riverside Way, Leeds

Halle side, Reilstraße 126, Halle

Leeds side. Islanders at closing event

Google Sketchup drawings of exhibition concept:

Related projects:

 Snow frame. December 2010:Snow_Frame.html
DRIFT: the synchronised movement of a pedalo on Lake Como and a pedestrian in Milan. December 2010. Drift.html
The Island. March - June 2011the_island.html
 Brick Yard. February 2011:Brick_yard.html