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M25 events celebrate the Orbital as art

LONDON'S M25 motorway is to be the unlikely subject of a week long public exhibition, to be held at the ICE during National Construction Week.

Contemporary author Iain Sinclair will officially launch his latest book M25 London Orbital at the ICE on 7 October with an evening lecture and film screening.

In the book, Sinclair sets out to map the vast stretch of urban settlement outside London contained within the 'aural footprint' of the M25.

Rather than criticise, the book is a celebration of the M25 as an art form. In recognition of this, the ICE is to host a week-long exhibition, featuring the work of artists including Dave McKean, Renchi Bicknell, Emma Matthews and Thierry Bal.

'This book is a celebration of the object that is the London Orbital, ' said ICE president Mark Whitby, who is giving up his Great George Street office to host the exhibition.

'Engineers may be surprised that such a mundane object as the M25 can be seen as an art in its own right. But it is, and so when somebody writes a book celebrating the art of the engineer, it is nice to take the opportunity to celebrate it, ' said Whitby.

The celebrations do not end at the ICE. London's Barbican Theatre is also hosting an event to celebrate the book later in October.

The performance will include readings by the science fiction writer JG Ballard, artist, writer and musician Bill Drummond and theatre director Ken Campbell. New music will also be performed by art rock group Wire, and ambient musicians Jimmy Cauty and Scanner. It will also include a film specially shot and manipulated by the Highways Agency.


The public exhibition at the ICE runs from 30 September to 7 October. For more on the Barbican event contact the Barbican Box Office on (020) 7638 8891 or visit www. barbican. org. uk

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