The MacGuffin  a project by muf architecture/art

Barbecue and Illusions at the Beaufoy Institute, 39 Black Prince Road, London SE11
Friday 22 November
7-8pm, live performance begins 7.15pm

Illusions are repeated on Saturday 23 November 7-8pm and Sunday 24 November 7-8pm



-          What have you there?

-          Oh, thats a MacGuffin

-          Whats a MacGuffin?

-          Its a device for trapping the ghosts of Black Prince Road

-          But there arent any ghosts in Black  Prince Road

-          Well then, thats not a MacGuffin


The MacGuffin is a new work by muf and the second in a series of three temporary public art commissions concerning the future of the Beaufoy Institute in Vauxhall. 

The MacGuffin is an intervention consisting of multiple video projections, shadow play and live performance.  The MacGuffin will create a captivating moment of transformation; it will value the role of the imaginary and thereby make space for people to speculate on other possibilities for the site and wider locale.

The silhouette of the fire escape buckles beneath an enormous white shrouda projected image of a shadowy figure passing through the interior of the building appears on this screentext suggesting ways to occupy, navigate and animate the site dissolve into an image of a falling figureacross the site a live performer is ejected from the building in a variety of dramatic exitsthroughout, a solo pianist performs a live musical accompaniment.

muf is a collaborative practice of art and architecture committed to public realm projects which embed enduring and unexpected interventions in the physical and social fabric of the urban environment.

The MacGuffin is part of the Beaufoy Arts Project, which will be delivered by a unique partnership of Vauxhall St. Peters Heritage Centre, Lambeth Arts, Gasworks Gallery and Danielle Arnaud contemporary art.  The project has been supported by Lambeth Riverside and forms a year-long programme of community involvement in the Riverside area to inform the regeneration process.  The final commission will feature new work by Helen Maurer and will take place from the 6 to 15 December 2002 in the Beaufoy Institute.


For more information and images contact:

Danielle Arnaud on 020 7735 8292

Fiona Boundy/Matthew Poole at Gasworks Gallery on 020 7582 6848

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