LIVE STREAM
Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017
PRODUCTION STILL
Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017
PRODUCTION STILL
Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017
INSTALLATION VIEW
Somerset House, London (© Photo: Damian Griffiths)
INSTALLATION VIEW
Somerset House, London (© Photo: Damian Griffiths)
INSTALLATION VIEW
Somerset House, London (© Photo: Damian Griffiths)
RESEARCH IMAGE - LUCAS GUSHER / SPINDLETOP / 1901
© Tyrell Historical Library, (Beaumont, Texas) the Gilbert Papers
RESEARCH IMAGE - OILCITY / SPINDLETOP / 1903
© Tyrell Historical Library, (Beaumont, Texas) the Gilbert Pape
RESEARCH IMAGE - BOILERAVENUE / SPINDLETOP / 1903
© Tyrell Historical Library, (Beaumont, Texas) the Gilbert Papers

Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017

A new commission by artist John Gerrard from Channel 4’s Man-Made Planet. Depicting as a real-time simulation, the now barren and exhausted site of the first major oil find, ”Lucas Gusher” in Spindletop, Texas.

From April 21–27 ”Western Flag” will display on the the Edmond j. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House, WC2R 1LA London.

The work will interrupt Channel 4’s broadcast schedule in bursts over 24hrs starting 9pm on April 23rd and stream live and continuously at all4.com/westernflag.


Credits:
Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
Modelers: Max Loegler, Philipp Marcks
Game Engine: Unigine
Installation development: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design

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Image © Richard Ansett/Channel 4 Picture Publicity

John Gerrard

John Gerrard, (born 20 July 1974) an Irish artist, best known for his large-scale real-time computer simulation works, frequently refering to structures of power and networks of energy that have made possible the expansion of humanity in the past century.

”One of the greatest legacies of the 20th century is not just population explosion or better living standards but vastly raised carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. This flag gives this invisible gas, this international risk, an image, a way to represent itself.” John Gerrard

John Gerrard is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.


Recent solo presentations of Gerrard's work include Power.Play, UCCA, Beijing, China (2016), Farm, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2015) Solar Reserve, Lincoln Centre in association with the Public Art Fund, NYC. USA (2014), Sow Farm, Rathole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2014), Pulp Press (Kistefos) 2013, a permanent install for Kistefos Museet, Norway. Exercise (Djibouti) 2012, for Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK and Infinite Freedom Exercise, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK (2011). His work Flag (Thames) 2016 was recently seen as part of the Shanghai Biennial, Power Station for Art, Shanghai, curated by Raqs Media Collective. John Gerrard is is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York. For further information see the biography page.

News

22/04/2017 · World Earth Day - Western Flag On Air

Western Flag is a new commission by artist John Gerrard from Channel 4 as part of their Man-Made Planet season broadcast to mark this year’s Earth Day (22nd April).

The work will be broadcast as a television interruption, breaking into the Channel 4 schedule in short bursts over 24 hours of normal broadcast television. The interruptions will begin at 9pm on 22nd April and will continue for 24 hours until 9pm on 23rd April.

A live stream of the flag can be experienced on All 4 at all4.com/westernflag.

On Earth Day (22nd April) use your screen, tablet or phone to broadcast the artwork anywhere you choose, stream it in full screen or share it using #westernflag.

20/04/2017–27/04/2017 · Western Flag - Installation

Western Flag - a symbol for climate change and modern society’s dependence on oil – commissioned by Channel 4, is presented in partnership with Somerset House.

From April 21st until April 27th Western Flag will open as a major new public LED wall installation on the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House, WC2R 1LA London on the occasion of World Earth Day. Supported by: JJ Charitable Trust, Mark Leonard Trust, Ashden Trust and the Western Flag Supporters Circle.

Opening: 20 April, 6:30–8:30pm
Dates: 21 April– 27 April
Times: Daily, 7am– 11pm

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Thomas Dane Gallery

3 & 11 Duke Street
St James's
London SW1Y 6BN
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7925 2505
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7925 2506
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New York, NY 10002
USA
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