september 2016

20 videos
141 images
text

fires modern

martin firrell

reflects contemporary struggle, and fires of futurity including blue, white and green flame.

Stories of progress include the work of contemporary figures such as human rIghts activist Peter Tatchell, justice and equality campaigner Doreen Lawrence (mother of Stephen) and the tragic suicide of Justin Fashanu that prompted the campaign against homophobia in football.

Fires Modern begins with the misogynist jest of the Lord Mayor of London in 1666, and concludes with the words of murdered MP, wife and mother Jo Cox, an advocate for refugees, who said, more unites us than divides us.
previous cathedral building and produced the conditions for Wren's masterpiece to rise from the ashes.

Fires Modern explored metaphorical and often lesser known 'fires' from the history of progressiveness.

The project text consists of 18 histories from the progressive movement including reference to black history, the history of the women's rights movement, fascism in Britain, racism, murder and contemporary references to social inclusion movements like LGBT+ and modern race equality.

Fire engulfs the flytower of the national theatre in different colours reflecting the content of each progressive story told. Fires Modern
Fires Modern was commissioned by Artichoke for London's Burning, the festival of arts and ideas at the centre of Great Fire 350, the City of London's commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

With Fires Ancient (simultaneously projected onto the dome of St Paul's Cathedral), Fires Modern formed a diptich responding to the threat, beauty, and possibilities of fire.

Both projections appeared nightly from dusk to 11pm from the 1st to the 4th september 2016.

Fires Ancient presented fire on the dome of St Paul's in colours suggestive of antiquity creating an 'echo' of the fire that destroyed the

national theatre london

national theatre london

september 2016

fires modern

martin firrell

20 videos
141 images
text