18-21 April 2013
Off-site exhibition at multiple locations
What happens when an international arts collective is placed in an inner city London school over a four-year period?
The Serpentine Gallery presented the project RE-ASSEMBLY, a four day exhibition in partnership between the central London St Marylebone Church of England School and international sound collective Ultra-Red.
RE-ASSEMBLY demonstrates the important role that art can play in schools.
Initiated and guided by the Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project, the residency has placed Ultra-red in the heart of the school since 2009 to work with students and teachers and develop a project around subjects as citizenship and migration.
Ultra-red and students have developed sound walks, installations, audio recordings and listening sessions departing from the question, “What is the sound of citizenship?”.
Like most other schools in London, the St Marylebone student body is diverse. Many of the students are refugees, asylum seekers or new immigrants to the United Kingdom. Schools are essential to the production of social citizenship, which involves preparing the young to participate actively and productively in civic and community life. Working with 150 students in Geography and History, Ultra-red brought artists and activists to redevelop a special unit on migration, based on listening exercises in the neighbourhood and the school.
The students, the school staff, the Ultra-Red and the Serpentine gallery played an equal role in developing the project.