In April 2012 Lisa coordinated a collaborative event called Occupation Installation (affectionately known as OI).
On October 15th 2011 the international Occupy movement hit the UK and camps sprang up in towns & cities across the country. Six months on Bristol played host to an artistic event that saught to understand this protest movement that saw over 1000 camps appear across the globe.
From April 15th to May 15th 2012 a series of pop-up galleries and installations appeared in Bristol’s public spaces, exploring the motivations and experiences of some of the people involved in Occupy.
The installations showed the images, words and concepts submitted to the project by protesters and artists from across the world.
A team of Bristol based artists working with others in London created the installations.
The Occupy movement is based upon the principal that public spaces belong to us and should be a place where people can meet, debate ideas and find solutions.
In this spirit Occupation Installation playfully brought these ideas into the public arena using words written in chalk across, anonymous walls turned into public galleries, underpants, voices speaking from suspended jars, flags flying and Lego protests.
This project culminated in an exhibition in Hamilton House in Bristol on May 15 marking the one year anniversary of the Spanish 15M movement.
In October 2012, one year on from the start of the Occupy movement OI came to London and added a cheeky couple of installations to the South Bank.
See OI Bristol website here. See OI London here.
See what happened when Occupy Legoland arrived in Bristol here.
OI contributors list:
Occupation Installation was made possible by the combined good will and hard work of people all over the world.
Some have chosen to keep their contributions anonymous and OI would like to thank those people here –thank you! You know who you are.
Occupation Installation owes a debt of gratitude to the following people for their support and contributions:
The Faces of the 99% - a fantastic project engaging with people’s individual experiences of economic injustice and putting political ideas into a human context.
Ben Chislett – for his vivid images from Occupy Berlin.
Adrian Nettleship – for his portraits and interviews from Occupy London.
Abigail Mcdougall – for her paintings of Stokes Croft and Occupy London.
Angie Pickup – for allowing us to use her amazing underpants tent.
Phil Evans – for his pictures of the demonstrations in Barcelona.
Occupy Legoland – for letting us use their idea & for supplying images and suggesting Lego slogans
Suki Rai for building the Bristol website and designing the OI logo.
Also a massive thank you to the artists and designers in Bristol and London who have worked so hard, without pay, to create an event that does justice to the amazing material we were sent.
Comments book from Hamilton House Exhibition
Hamilton House Exhibition May 2012
Occupation Installation Comes to London October 2012