De-Brutalising Barbican

Ever since I modelled in a live installation piece in Barbican by Reza Aramesh in late 2007 for the “Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now” show, the architecture of The Barbican and its surrounding area has interested me.  The large concrete structures demand authority and bang their fists on the table in an uncontrolled and clumsy manner.

To pay homage to the retro Polaroid with its wave of comeback, I purchased film from The Impossible Project to experiment.  I wanted to take power back from the Brutal buildings and manicure the rough edged nails those fists had curled up inside their palms.

The short video here shows the process of making a “polaroid emulsion lift”.


  1. Gökhan Tanrıöver October 26, 2014 at 11:39 #

    Thank you Theo, it would have been great but unfortunately I don’t have any images or videos from it. Such a shame…

    • Theodore Bouloukos October 26, 2014 at 15:42 #

      It’s funny, but I spend half of my performance career in the art world and so I know how elusive documentation of these participations can be. I’m awaiting my most recent foray, in which I played a giant phallus for an artist’s video that will be featured in Purple Magazine (France). :-)

  2. Theodore Bouloukos October 25, 2014 at 16:04 #

    You should post some pics or video from the Barbican show you modelled in; alas, it was so long ago, they’ve disconnected the content on the BBC link.

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