Art & Architecture Walk

‘A drawing is simply a line going for a walk’
Paul Klee

Gabor Stark, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader MA Urban Design at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture, was invited by DAD Dover Arts Development to lead an art & architecture walk as part of the CHALKUP21 project.

CHALKUP21 is a new 21st-century architectural coastal trail that aspires to raise awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and architecture along the Strait of Dover. Linking together nine selected buildings and public artworks into a 17-mile coastal trail, the project focuses on contemporary art and architecture and aims to inspire a range of creative responses through video, photography, drawing and poetry.

On Saturday 9th June 2018 a group of 16 wayfarers joined Gabor for a spatial practice promenade from Dover to St. Margaret’s Bay. Additional to visiting selected buildings and public artworks along the CHALKUP21 trail, participants were invited to actively engage with Dover’s built environment: to ‘do’ art and architecture, and to ‘perform’ and to intervene in space, albeit only fleetingly.

Inspired by Paul Klee’s aphorism that ‘a drawing is simply a line going for a walk’, Gabor devised a family of seven portable linear constructions to accompany the walk. The Space Standards are designed as ‘axiomatic structures’ (Rosalind Krauss: ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’, 1979). Of identical line weight, the seven objects present all possible permutations of how to configure two timber sections perpendicularly on the top of a T-shaped pole. Self-evident and referring to nothing else than their intrinsic geometric and material properties, the seven artefacts are designed as abstract (en)signs that can be interpreted and used in multiple ways: as viewing frames, sculptural yardsticks, portable semaphores and three-dimensional drawing tools.

The international group of standard bearers hailed from Cyprus, England, Germany, Jordan, Taiwan and the United States. Together they took measures across Dover’s urban, infrastructural and coastal landscape and produced transitory spatial drawings of potential architectures along the way.

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Further links

CHALKUP21 is another DAD project