Michael Landy: Live Online Conversation with Artangel Co-Director James Lingwood
Wednesday, 10 February, 7pm GMT
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Michael Landy will be joined by Artangel Co-Director James Lingwood to discuss his seminal project, Break Down, which opened to crowds in London on 10 February 2001.
For Break Down, Landy created an inventory of his every possession, each to be destroyed at a specially constructed facility modelled on a material reclamation factory, installed at an empty department store on Oxford Street, London. Landy set about systematically deconstructing, pulping and granulating all 7,227 of his worldly possessions with the help of a team of operatives and a dedicated car mechanic. After two weeks, Landy was left with only the clothes he was wearing on the final day of Break Down.
Two decades on, this talk celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Break Down whilst reconvening the artist with the project commissioner for an opportunity to reflect on the work's many themes and its legacy.
Viewers are encouraged to post questions prior to and during the conversation via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #20YearsSinceBreakDown. A selection will be posed live by James Lingwood during the audience Q&A section.
To accompany the anniversary, Thomas Dane Gallery will present Michael Landy's Break Down: 20 Years, a display of archive materials on the lower level at No 3 Duke St, St James's when the gallery reopens. Dates will be announced in due course and further information will be posted on our website and social media.