Signs of Life : Part 1

Signs of Life : Part 1

Artists (Liverpool):

Bram Thomas Arnold
Justine Blau
Anna Chapman
Gordon Culshaw
David Dixon
Jemma Egan
Sharon Haward
Ruth Martindale
John O'Hare
Laurence Payot
Emily Speed
The Unasked-for Public Art Agency
Elizabeth Willow



Site-specific installations at 100 Seel Street, Liverpool
that took place from 6 to 23 November 2008


Curators - John O'Hare and Pippa Koszerek
Co-ordinator - John O'Hare
Documentation Co-ordinator - John O'Hare
Documentation - Anna Chapman and John O'Hare
Press - Sharon Haward, John O'Hare and Pippa Koszerek
Publicity and Floor Plan Design - Anna Chapman, Gordon Culshaw and John O'Hare
Installation logistics - John O'Hare
Website Design - Pippa Koszerek

Exhibition Concept/Press Release

Thirteen artists tackle a derelict town house in the centre of Liverpool to create new installation artworks that respond to the suggestive atmosphere of the building. Stripped down to an empty shell through dilapidation, it is a view into the past; but one that is at once absurd, disturbing and poetic as each room conjures up disjointed narratives and fantasies.

Signs of Life emerged out of a dialogue (Three Weeks) between artists Pippa Koszerek and John O'Hare. It is the first project to involve artists from Final Intervention, a recently formed UK-wide network of early and mid career artists and curators interested in exploring overlooked and derelict spaces. Considering what constitutes a disused site they have both chosen spaces in their respective environments, South London and Liverpool that offer very different perspectives on notions of 'final' and 'Intervention', taking the mystery of each location as a point of departure.

This project involves artists from a number of networks including: Final Intervention, Post, Royal Standard, and Wolstenholme Projects. It has been generously supported by The Art Organisation who have facilitated the use of 100 Seel Street.