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Last Week! Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

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Barbican – Leandro Erlich: Dalston House


‘ Internationally known for his captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston.

Resembling a theatre set, the detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – recalling those that once stood on the street – lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically.

Sited on a vacant lot on Ashwin Street, Erlich will design and decorate the façade to resemble the houses that previously stood on the block. Erlich’s installation will be accompanied by talks, workshops and live performances, exploring themes related to the project, including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which will be developed in collaboration with local organisations.’


Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:



This is the final week. I went to take a look yesterday and it is such fun! I got there too late to Q but that didn’t matter as you can get reasonably close to watch the (inter) action and to take photos.  Be prepared to wait in line for about 1 hour 15 for your 5 minute slot. Check the twitter feed @DalstonHouse for the latest on the waiting times. I can’t imagine what it’s like in today’s downpours but I suspect it will not deter enthusiasts! That’s if it is deemed safe enough to open today. And round the corner of this intriguing back street, there’s the Arcola theatre and Cafe Oto where you can seek shelter from the rain! When you get there, you are given a handy booklet detailing useful information about Ashwin Street and the surrounding area. It’s the cool place to be!



Leandro Erlich talks about Dalston House :


Dalston House Skaters:


Haven’t been yet. Plan to go soon..I hope the Q is not like the 3 hour wait for the Rain Room in The Barbican! At least this one is free and outdoors.


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