Step Eighteen: pose like Spiderman at the Dalston House exhibition

17 Jul

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The latest exhibition at Dalston House is probably the most genius installation I’ve come across in a while.

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has created the illusion that normal people have developed superhuman powers, to scale walls like Spiderman or fly past buildings like Superman.

He has recreated a facade of a Victorian house and laid it down on the ground, then positioned mirrors overhead to reflect the wall.

The result: visitors are invited to jump on the installation and lie on the facade, giving the impression they are hanging from window frames, chilling on ledges or dangling from the roof.

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Leandro challenges our everyday perception and encourages us to get involved, by striking funny poses or pulling terrified faces.

Only a few people, around ten maximum, are allowed on the installation at a time, meaning you’ll have lots of space to spread yourselves out. Each group has about five minutes, which isn’t very long so you’ll have to pose quickly.

We queued for 40 minutes in the baking sun (bring water!), but it’s not too bad – you get to see which poses work and which don’t, and take inspiration from previous groups. Follow @dalstonhouse for live updates on the queue length.

This was my first trip into “edgy” Dalston and definitely worth the trek, just to feel like Spiderman for those treasured minutes, and watch an unexpected performance by a band of drummers slickly chilling on the facade.

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The details:

Location: 1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston Junction overground or Dalston Kingsland overground.

Opening times: Mon-Wed 11am-6pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.

Free admission.

Open now until 4th August so arrange a date soon.

For more details, click here.

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