Ben Fitton and Dylan Shipton make temporary structures in the public realm which playfully investigate the relationship between presented surfaces, the structures they require for support, and the sites in which they operate. These surfaces struggle under the weight of representational or political burdens, and are captured in moments of collapse, withdrawal, or defensive containment. For TÖNE, they present an explosive rotunda made from what appear to be building site hoardings, adapted to spell out an abandoned extract from Lenin’s notebooks, written immediately prior to the outbreak of World War One. This is a new commission in response to TÖNE’s Open Call. It will be sited in the Memorial Gardens at Fort Amherst.
About Ben Fitton and Dylan Shipton
Fitton and Shipton met on the MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2000. Both continue to live and work in London, pursuing individual and collaborative practices. Recent collaborations include Monument to the Excluded Middle, a large-scale model of a stricken airship which occupied a fenced-off enclosure in a public park for HOUSE2013, Brighton, and The History Still to be Made Shows Itself  (2012) and The Overbearing Mother (2011), two structures presenting texts for outdoor sites in St. Leonard’s-on-sea. Fitton has had solo exhibitions at Site Gallery, Sheffield; Floating I.P., Manchester; The Economist Plaza, Redux and IBID.Projects, London. Shipton has shown widely in the UK and abroad, including solo exhibitions at David Risley Gallery and Cell Project Space, London; Bloc Projects, Sheffield;  Lido, St Leonard’s-on-Sea and Cassella Gallery, Boston USA.