Luna Nera is a London-based group concerned with creating site-responsive mixed media work. They use installation, video, photography, live art, sculpture and sound. "Our projects feed public curiosity about forgotten spaces, and at the same time expose art in ways that are completely different to the accepted demarcation for art-consumption." Luna Nera aims to stimulate interest in the environmental and architectural heritage of localities. By asking the audience to re-look at sites in a new way, Luna Nera addresses a series of issues around ideas of society, community, history, memory and public space. Our mission is to reclaim disused or abandoned "forgotten" spaces through art. The work is created and presented in direct response to the environment, transcribing histories, memories, textures and functions into art.
Biography: In addition to working in London, Luna Nera has recently been working abroad. In 2000 Luna Nera was invited to Russia to work with Dirigible create a large-scale site-responsive project, which was subsequently shown at Moscow Art Fair 2001. In September 2002 we worked in Berlin in a disused factory site for "Helden der Arbeit? Festival of Art in Old Factories" and created live art in the Kunstfabrik. In November 2002 we were invited to Weimar where we worked on collaborative projects for the BackUp Media Art in Film festival, in the e-Werk strassenbahn depot. In February 2003 Luna Nera went to Zurich to take part in the DAdA Festival, where they created live art installations with performance in an old paper factory. Later in 2003 we will realise projects in St Petersburg for the tricentennial, on July 27, 2003. We will also collaborate with Creatmosphere to present the first Faites des Lumieres in London in October 2003, and make site-specific show in the former Midland Grand hotel in St Pancras, London in November. Luna Nera Group CV 2003 - DADA Festwochen. Site-specific Installation and live art in former paper factory, at Dada Festival, Zurich. 2002 - BACKUP LOUNGELAB - Weimar, Germany - Luna Nera participated in international collaborative art event in former tram depot, as part of the BackUp festival. - Berlin - HELDEN DER ARBEIT? - Luna Nera participated in an international festival of live and visual art in former industrial buildings near the Spree River, Berlin. 2001 - Moscow - "ART MOSCOW" art fair - Central House of Artists - Luna Nera, Dirizhable and Sphere presented video, installation and photo works from the "Floodplain of Time" project 2000 - PRESENT PERFECT - Nizhny Novgorod CCA. - The Third International Festival of Performance and Experimental Art, The Manezh Central Exhibition Hall - St Petersburg, Russia - FLOODPLAIN OF TIME - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Luna Nera collaborated with 17 Russian artists from across Russia in a site-specific landart intervention in a former electricity-generating station. The artists created installations, video and performance. - THAMES - OKA PROJECT Luna Nera and Russian art group Dirizhable collaboration in former bank vault, London - 1 DUNN ST The Colosseum Project launched their first show of the 21st century as "Luna Nera" with a live art event in a disused factory. 1997 - 1999 THE COLOSSEUM PROJECT The artists formed a group to create site-specific installation and live art events in different places around London. Founded in the Old Colosseum theatre, the group also worked in a bank, factory, and underground prison. Reviews “Lab Rats For Art,” YEAR 01 FORUM issue 11. Winter 2002. “Helden am Werk,” Berliner Zeitung 215 14.09.02 Marin Majica “Vergangenheit riechen Koennen,” Morgenpost 18.09.02 Steffi Bey “Ein Held, wer Arbeit hat,” Neues Deutschland 18.03.2002 Jack Rodriguez “Artists Love Old Industry,” Nizhegorodskii Rabochii, no.109 15.06.02, Oksana Zemskaiya Catalogues Helden der Arbeit, 2002. Art Moscow, 2001. Poema Vremenyi/Floodplain of Time, 2000.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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