‘What unites human beings, ears, eyes, loves, hopes and toes is huge and wonderful. What divides human beings is small and mean.’
This statement is taken from Bob and Roberta Smith's LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER and forms part of the artist and Cass Professor's new work for LIGHTS OUT, a nationwide initiative which takes place on the 4th August. Lights Out is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on the 4th August, leaving just one candle or light on for a shared moment of reflection. The initiative is accompanied by a series of 'moments' including work by well known artists including Bob and Roberta's in Belfast. Other artists include Jeremy Deller, Nalini Malani and Bedwyr Williams.
Bob and Roberta Smith think that the common goals humanity aims for; love, peace and well-being, outweigh the things that divide us. The famous football match on Christmas day 1914 between Germans and allied troops enjoying sport together is emblematic of this feeling.
Bob and Roberta Smith take over the East Lawn of the City Hall grounds in Belfast to create an illuminating installation of the statement, using letters designed and constructed together with local artists and community groups. These groups, with diverse age ranges and backgrounds, respond to their understanding of the statement and to the commemoration of WW1.
Each letter of the statement accommodates a set of candles and at 10pm on Monday 4 August, Bob and Roberta Smith invite the city of Belfast to ignite the candles in a moment of shared reflection.
Bob and Roberta Smith is the name of a British contemporary artist, writer, author, musician, art education advocate and keynote speaker. Seeing art as an important element in democratic life, much of their art takes the form of painted signs which advocate the arts to Government.
You can read a BBC Interview with Bob and Roberta about his interest in World War One here
- Website: www.1418now.org.uk
Recent news from The Cass
The Winter Graduation ceremony saw hundreds of London Met graduands celebrate their academic achievements at London’s Barbican Centre.
Sarah Jane Wilson, who studied Creative Writing at London Met, will have her debut novel published in 2018.
Denise Lewis, a recent Textile Design BA graduate, has won a competition to design curtain fabric for the anti-poverty and social action centre, Toynbee Hall.
Richard Wilson OBE, aka Victor Meldrew, was awarded an honorary degree by London Metropolitan University at the 2017 Winter Graduation ceremony.
London Met raises awareness of homelessness in London with a Textile Design project.
An evening of celebration was held in order to launch Just Met 2017, an anthology featuring creative writing work from students at the University.
Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm
The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design have started a three-year regeneration collaboration with Belmonte, Italy.
The Cass will be hosting an exhibition of multimedia installations and live performances next week.
Students studying the urban development of cities in the Midlands recently had the opportunity to present their work to the Mayor of Leicester.
A group of Diploma Architecture students are working with the 15th Fulham Scout Group to create a live construction project.
A Jewellery Design graduate is fundraising to help her co-founded organisation, Mother Makers, exhibit at Munich Jewellery Week 2018.
BA Fine Art graduate named as winner of a national award.
Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, has announced details of their 2017 Christmas Concert.
Half of the shortlisted designs in the London Festival of Architecture competition are by practices led by Cass alumni.