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BIANCA DIGNAN

Bianca Dignan
NORMFORM
2013

NORMFORM is literally a scaffold of formwork distributed over the site with the aim to highlight different experiments with perspectival projection. In these experiments I have been influenced by Gordon Matta‐Clark and Rachel Whiteread in a way, I hope, that emphasizes the shifting nature of marginality in our society.

NORMFORM
Marginal Art Practice, exhibition and archive at the former Kew Lunatic Asylum

NORMFORM examines historical frames of mental illness and uses the intersection between art and architecture to reveal imbedded social and spatial structures. Institutional definitions of what is normal and what is abnormal human behavior continue to change and evolve. This is in no greater evidence than at the former Kew Lunatic Asylum, which was designed with 19th and early 20th century ideas of mental illness in mind. It has now been decommissioned and re‐adapted into upmarket apartments.

Instead of apartments, I propose a program more strongly foregrounded in traditional, sustained and potential conditions of marginality – a condition that is typically experienced by artists and those deemed insane. Something that speaks about the present as well as the past is communal and private, industrial and recreational, global and local, nurturing and haunting. A multifunctional gallery, social space, an archive and museum provides the visitor and community with a greater knowledge of the history of Kew Asylum and its expressive potential.

biancadignan@gmail.com

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