Involuntary Park’s first White Night event a big success – “Portslade has never been so magical”

White Night 2011 – what a fabulous night we’ve had here at Involuntary Park in Portslade – Where Fox and Hare say Goodnight to Each Other! Thank you thank you thank you to everybody who helped make it such a success and pull off the near-impossible!!! Full credits, thanks, pics etc coming up soon here on AntlerVision & on our Facebook pages. Meanwhile, from a happy audience member: “What a treat … Involuntary Park’s ‘Where Fox and Hare say Goodnight to Each Other’ Portslade has never been so magical.” What more could we ask? Greetings my Deers, your friendly Involuntary Park Rangers, CiCi & Johanna

 White Night 2011 in Portslade – In the glow of the Deer Disco. Photo: Nicky Cambridge


Mapping journeys through public space

There is no rest for the busy! We spent last weekend mapping public spaces through movement, sound and installation, for an exciting new commission. A fabulous project & brilliant collaborators – full update & documentation coming up in early 2012, but here is a little preview …

 Mapping journeys through urban space. Photo: CiCi Blumstein

Hannover Public Art Vision – Involuntary Park represents the UK

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Involuntary Park has been invited to submit proposals for a new public art vision as part of an Artpoint commissioned project for the city of Hannover. The results are now on public display at EISFABRIK / Blaue Halle until December 19th. Further details can be found at
Hannover courted controversy back in the seventies when it commissioned internationally renowned artist, Niki de Saint Phalle to site three of her ‘Nanas’ on the bank of the Leine, where they have since become familiar landmarks. Involuntary Park decided to respond to these once controversial figures by enclosing them in a Cover Version that partly obscures the sculptures from view, thus reigniting the debate around the place of art in public space and re-examining attitudes towards the familiar.
We also proposed designs for a series of Kunst Dialog Boxes – a network of specially designed art dialogue sites in the city to facilitate public consultation – and created the blueprint for a new festival of public art as part of the annual Hannover Messe. Established sixty years ago, Hannover Messe today ranks as the world’s leading international trade fair for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas. Our proposal seeks to develop the well-established tradition of public art in Hannover by instituting an annual festival of temporary or semi-permanent artworks for the public realm in the context of a curated international festival.

BLB Surveyors – Times Lines and Interludes, 10th Nov 2010

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High up on a hill on the outskirts of Brighton & Hove is a new, wind-powered business park in the area of Woodingdean. It sits right on the edge of the South Downs and is now the new home for BLB Chartered Surveyors & Engineers who have moved here from the North Laine area in the centre of Brighton.

Our brief was to welcome around 100 guests to their new offices – to inhabit and warm what was still a “shell” of a building. We installed a number of CiCi’s inflatable sculptures and her Measuring Room, Joe’s sound installation of local bird song, a Drawing Room that saw the transformation of the Finance Director’s office into an artists studio, and we made a [Time] Table of Ideas for visitors to write their memories on. For this we used the old boardroom table – it symbolised to us the journey of the hundred year-old firm, who have arrived in their new habitat with a history in tow. The Table became the connection between the past and the present, with guests invited to write down memorable moments/stories on the timeline, to mark and celebrate a century or more of activity. Joe toured the entire event with his Listening Ears and recorded short interviews and conversations with the guests.

We invited Amy Smith, a Ceramic Artist from BLANK Studios, to install her lovely work in a downstairs office, transforming the room into a temporary gallery space.

Directors, partners and staff at BLB were very happy with the response to our interactive event;  the high turnout and enthusiastic engagement with the artworks and environments meant the evening was a great success. We, in turn, were delighted with the opportunity to inhabit and transform their offices for a day and to encourage an Involuntary Park to grow in the unlikeliest of places.

Involuntary Park selected for Sustrans Cymru public art programme

Involuntary Park are delighted to announce that we have been selected as part of a pool of artists for this prestigious public art programme in and around a proposed new network of cycle routes in Wales. Our proposal was one of 200 submitted nationwide, so we are extremely pleased to have got through to the next stage and look forward to forging partnerships in Wales in 2011.

The Table of Ideas for Democracy Day – is this baguette democratic?

On 23rd of September, Involuntary Park will be in residence for Democracy Day at Jubilee Library in Brighton …


The [DEMOCRACY] Table of Ideas – a conversation about balance in an unsteady world

You are invited to join us at a table bursting with good food and conversation, where Involuntary Park artists will attempt to measure equality. The Table becomes a spirit level of how we are doing at each moment.

How big is your slice of the pie?

Can you have your cake and eat it?

We think you can…

The [Democracy] Table of Ideas is a commission for Democracy Day on the 23rd September 2010. Come and find us on the main floor of Brighton’s Jubilee Library between 12.30 – 3.30 pm.

The Table of Ideas at University of Sussex – foraging for sustainable ideas

On 16th June 2010, Involuntary Park will be in residence at the University of Sussex as part of the annual, campus-wide Sounding the Site event …


Involuntary Park in conjunction with CCE presents:

The [ARK] Table of Ideas

A conversation about fresh ideas for a tough climate

You are invited to join us at a table bursting with artists, good food, drink and conversation. An opportunity to forage for new partnerships and fresh strategies!

Meet and lunch with the representatives of 13 University of Sussex Schools and 13 local community organizations with an interest in sustainability issues. The delicious free-range artists of Involuntary Park – Johanna Berger, CiCi Blumstein and Joseph Young, plus guest artist Lulu Allison – will be on hand to create, support and facilitate the table as a creative space for generating new ideas about how the University and community can work together for a sustainable future.

Food and drink will be locally sourced and produced in collaboration with campus chef Mark Hancock. Freshly foraged ingredients from the campus surroundings will form part of the menu. BYO ideas to the table.

When: Wednesday 16 June 2010, 12.30–3pm

Where: Gazebo on grass area west of Bramber House, University of Sussex Campus


The [ARK] Table of Ideas is devised and directed by Involuntary Park, and co-produced by River Jones of CCE as part of Sounding the Site.