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Agnes Denes’ Wheatfield in Dalston

In 1982, conceptual artist Agnes Denes planted a wheat-field on wasteland in downtown Manhattan. The field yielded 1,000 lbs of grain, which was transported to 28 countries and planted as part of The International Art Show for the End of World Hunger. She’s struck again, this time in downtown Dalston, London, where she’s planted a 20-metre long wheat field on waste ground by a disused railway line.

Madeleine Bunting, in the Guardian, says, “The point about Denes’s work in Dalston – and the exhibition at the Barbican – is that it raises for a new generation the role art can play in shifting attitudes towards our natural environment…. Can art succeed where science is proving insufficient to generate the will to act effectively on climate change?” That’s an interesting thought, at a time when ‘science communication’ is full of mixed messages, dumbing down and PR puffed egos. Will we take the medicine of the environmental message if it’s delivered to us in a more playful way?

Visit the Dalston Mill, off Dalston Lane, Hackney, London until 9th August, where there are a number of activities. Entry Free 2-10pm daily; bar from 7pm. See more details on the Barbican website.

Read more and see photo on PSFK.


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