In 1888, Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov said ‘the role of an artist is to ask questions, not to answer them’ Metal has commissioned ten visual artists to create new billboard posters for around the city centre that respond to questions posed by leading figures in the arts world. Comedian Phill Jupitus, singer/songwriters Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Mark Stewart from The Pop Group, poet Mark Grist and writers Paul Morley and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown are amongst those who have provided Peterborough with pertinent questions for passers-by. The billboard designs will be on display throughout September and aim to stimulate debate through organised events, and social media. The billboards will be sited at Thorpe Road, Bourges Boulevard, Westgate, Lincoln Road, Oundle Road and London Road. Throughout September, you are invited to join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter: #MetalBillboard
“Can you fall up?” Thursday 11th September, 7pm at Chauffeurs Cottage
Join Mehmet Sander, Turkish choreographer and ‘action architect’ to hear about his ‘dance’ practice and why he asked the Billboard question ‘Can you fall up?’ Mehmet formed his dance company in 1990 and toured extensively internationally for the next decade. His work, often described as ‘brutal’, challenges perceptions of what is dance. Associating his pieces more closely to the fields of architecture and physics rather than performance and music, Sander’s movement is about space and time, explored through collaboration with physical forces such as gravity, inertia and velocity. Mehmet is currently one of the artists in residence at Metal Peterborough, preparing new work for the Tate in late September and the Spill Festival in October.