Busy bees are fluoro-fanatics Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan, as they of the world-renowned lo-fi build, hi-fi aesthetic, cultural installations are at it again; this time as part of Graz art festival Steirischer Herbst.
Open Wide is a celebration of the cultural diversity that is rife in the Annenviertel, this area of Graz, but also a statement of intent for those passionate about integrated societies — it is an ‘Arrival Zone’ for the festival, but also a metaphor for the peaceful coming together of folk from all walks of life and circumstance.
‘I am born and bred Holloway, London,’ explains Myerscough, ‘and very proud of being brought up in an integrated society. Understanding how a sense of belonging can be achieved through our work has been an ongoing project for many years now.’ Indeed, the notions of integration and belonging are rarely far from our thoughts at present. ‘It’s no surprise that one issue dominates discussions this year,’ admits the festival’s art director Veronica Kaup-Hasler, ‘one which preoccupies us more than ever: Old Europe and its relationship with the rest of the world.’
Giving over 100 people from the city ownership of the installation, much of it stems from pattern workshops held in June where communities came together to develop a visual language for the Arrival Zone, and other markers throughout the city.