The Centre for Remote Possibilities is a temporary space which hosts intimate and informal series of talks, discussions, lectures, exhibitions, screenings and performances, initially at 4pm every day during the Matt’s Gallery exhibitiuon REVOLVER II Part Three: Perform (19 November–14 December 2014). A web cam in the space is on hand to document the ongoing activities from 12–6pm each day, witnessing the transformation of the space into a theatre of sorts where rehearsal, setting up and deconstruction of a performance can be observed on a personal level.
The Centre for Remote Possibilities is an ongoing body of work and research, taking place in a 1972-built Futuro House that Barnes has restored and is now situated on the 5th floor roof of Matt’s Gallery’s Copperfield Road site. Framing London through its eighteen elliptical windows, the interior was initially empty aside from sound sculptures made in collaboration with MortonUnderwood that visitors could play with in Part Two. As the work unfolds in Part Three, the space will become a depository of ephemera associated with the activities and events that take place each day by a wide range of invited practitioners.
Participants for Revolver II: Perfrom included Graham Fagen, Sean Dower, RCA Visual Cultures students, Keef Winter with Steve Ennis & Rory Phillips, Jefford Horrigan, Jonathan Baldock & Rafal Zajko, 38b with Reet Maff’l (Luke Drozd and Andy Abbot), Jenny Moore, Dave Maric, Holly Pester and Now Owl, Jonathan Trayner, Ross Downes, Ansuman Biswas, Peter Fillingham, Patrick Coyle, Yuki Nishimura, Lindsay Seers, Robin Klassnik, Tom Crawford, Daniel Kelly, Nathaniel Pitt, Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Nicolas Pope, Kieren Reed, William Cobbing, Barry Sykes, Holly Slingsby, Laura Milnes, Guy Gormley, Peter Liversidge, Justin Hibbs, Ben Lancaster & Sean Roche.
This Futuro House is one of approximately only 80 manufactured worldwide. Conceived by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933 – 2013) as an easily transportable modular ski chalet made predominantly of fibreglass, its commercial appeal was hindered by the public’s reticence to exist in spaces without right angles, and the oil crisis of 1973 causing oil derivative prices to treble.
Prior to REVOLVER II, the last and only Futuro house to grace London’s skyline was aboard a ferry on the Thames in 1968 as part of houses’ launch at the FinnFocus trade exhibition. The Daily Mail wrote:
“This object, looking like everyone else’s idea of a flying saucer from outer Space, is the Finnish idea of a perfect weekend cottage.”
For more information on Barnes’ restoration of the Futuro House and future projects click here.