Friends in Cardiff have, over the last few months, embarked on a place-making project. The Arcades Project: A 3D Documentary explores the famed arcades of Cardiff. The city is known for having the highest concentration of Victorian and Edwardian arcades in the UK, hence its rebranding as the city of arcades (not just rugby folks).
The lead artist Jennie Savage
assisted by Andrew Cochrane
have developed a series of art events and responses to Walter Benjamin
‘s unfinished Arcades Project
on the the Parisian arcades. The events both interrogate the spaces from theoretical and aesthetic perspectives, but they also seek to engage with the communities of businesses, patrons and passersby who frequent the arcades, activating and enhancing the social percolations of urban architecture in inner city Cardiff.
The project features artist talks, peripatetic media (a la Janet Cardiff
) and a 3D mapping project. Savage’s process focuses on response and interaction with others hoping to draw out the constellations of linkages and meanings shared by all those frequenting the arcades.