About

The Atlantic Project is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, UK, from 28 September 2018. 

Participating artists include Ursula Biemann, Liu Chuang, Nilbar Güreş, Ryoji Ikeda, Melanie Jackson, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Marie Lund, Wang Shang, Hito Steyerl, Tommy Støckel and SUPERFLEX, amongst others (a full list of participants will be announced in May 2018). Curated by Tom Trevor, the project has been developed as a partnership between The Box (the £37m re-development of Plymouth City Museum) and Plymouth University, hosted by Peninsula Arts, in the lead-up to the Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020. The Atlantic Project  is part of the two-year Horizon programme (2016-18), led by Plymouth Culture, supported by Arts Council England's 'Ambition for Excellence' fund and Plymouth City Council.

Atlantic Project: PROLOGUE (‘After the Future’) 

Opening: 28 September 2018

Plymouth is a city built upon visions of the future. As a deep-water port facing the Atlantic, its history is bound up with maritime exploration, in pursuit of the unknown worlds that lie over the horizon. From Francis Drake to Charles Darwin, James Cook to the Pilgrim Fathers, the legacies of such utopian imaginaries have come to define our contemporary world. Just as the barbaric inhumanity of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the inequities of British colonialism have shaped the precarious conditions that characterise globalisation today. 

As the largest naval base in Western Europe, Plymouth was bombed extensively in WWII and the subsequent city architecture could be said to reflect a succession of post-war visions of the future, from Soviet-style social housing to European ‘Brutalism’ to American-style free enterprise. With the acceleration of globalisation and the prolonged impact of austerity, however, the century-long obsession with the concept of progress has ground to a halt. Without a clear vision of the future or a shared belief in the continual transformation of society for the better, the question arises, how will the role of the artist function and change - drifting in the wake of utopian imaginaries - after the future?

Staff
Tom Trevor

Artistic Director

Phil Rushworth

Producer

Charlotte McGuinness

Marketing Coordinator

Advisory Board
Dave Beech
Ben Borthwick
Geoff Cox
Sally Lai
Contact

The Atlantic Project
c/o Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Roland Levinsky Building
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA