Pupils get a taster of apocalyptic art at The Malthouse

11:38 13 July 2011

Ben Sadler with the artists

Ben Sadler with the artists

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How would you survive in the event of global technological meltdown? Could you cope without your mobile phone or computer or find a new use for your gadgets? Would you know how to create shelter or scavenge for food?

An exciting new exhibition is about to go on show after students from Warren and Barking Abbey schools have been working on an radical summer project with artist duo Juneau Projects to create an installation inspired by post-Apocalyptic sci-fi fiction.

Friday will see the launch of After London – an exhibition about a life after a technological meltdown, created by the 30 students to illustrate new uses for the gadgets with seemingly straightforward functions, in the form of a gigantic indoor market on the 5,000 square feet ground floor of The Malthouse.

Youngsters were challenged to make use of the iPhones or other gadgets and to find creative ways to recycle old CDs and listening devices.

After London also poses questions about survival, the role of technology in our lives, and takes its inspiration from the chaotic market places depicted in the sci-fi films Mad Max: Beyond The Thunderdome and Total Recall.

Juneau Projects are Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler who make participatory art, including sculpture, painting, projection, sound, music, animation and installation.

The exhibition can be viewed at the Malthouse, Abbey Road, Barking, from July 16-30, and from August 2-12 at the Civic Centre, Dagenham.

The Artists Programme brings internationally recognised artists to work with young people from Barking and Dagenham.

It is commissioned by arts charity Space Studios which runs the Malthouse.

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