July 30, 2021

Southbank Centre and Counterpoints select Distanced Assemblage as co-commissioned artists

Distanced Assemblage have been selected as the co-commissioned artists as part of our new collaboration with Southbank Centre.

Distanced Assemblage are Paria Goodarzi and Francisco Llinas Casas. The two artists respond to contemporary social, political and cultural issues by examining the hybrid condition of our society and the formation, performance and representation of identity.
Having been born in Iran and Venezuela respectively, their work draws inspiration from the lived experiences of migration and diaspora. Their practice is research-based and multidisciplinary, often taking the shape of socially-engaged art projects, participatory art and performance pieces.

Their new commission, Alter, is developed for Southbank Centre’s public spaces. It consists of seven movable house sculptures, featuring movement-activated sounds and lights. While the sculptures are manoeuvred by both performers and the audience in a choreographic walk, the outside space of the Southbank Centre will be filled with traces of sound and colour, representing the stories of migration and displacement.

Thank you to all artists who applied as part of the original open call.