UCL Urban Laboratory


Professor Matthew Beaumont contributes to Art Night book 'Expanding the City's Boundaries'

4 April 2017

Art Night Volume 1

Professor Matthew Beaumont (Urban Lab Co-Director) has contributed to the first Art Night publication, Expanding the City's Boundaries, a collection of essays from leading curators, urbanists, writers, art historians and sociologists reflecting on the meaning of Art Night and its role in a city like London.

Art Night is an annual contemporary arts festival that transforms unsual locations across London on one night in the summer. Its first edition took place on 2 July 2016 in conjunction with the ICA. A second edition in east London follows on 1 July 2017, in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery.

In his contribution, "Death Line, Life Line", Matthew uses Gary Sherman's Death Line (1972), a horror film set on the London Underground starring Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasance, as a context, albeit a counter-intuitive one, for thinking about one of the Art Night installations from 2016 - the creation of a sensory environment on the platforms of a disused Jubilee line station by the Korean artist Koo Jeong A.

The limited-edition book, edited by UCL STEaPP PhD student Enora Robin, critically explores the potential of contemporary arts for reshaping and reassessing our urban environments

You can find out more, and purchase the book, from the Unlimited website.