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Transitions \ Michal Rovner


Transitions \ Michal Rovner

In 2010, Futurecity was appointed to develop a visionary art commissioning strategy for Crossrail, originally described as the ‘Culture Line’. The proposal was for a permanent world-class, line-wide art programme across Crossrail’s 7 new central and east London Elizabeth line stations. The Crossrail Art Programme will fundamentally alter the way people navigate London with a series of unique major art installations across multiple locations in the city.

Michal Rovner’s site-specific, large-scale video artwork Transitions is integrated into the architectural complex designed by Foster + Partners at Canary Wharf train station in London. 

Rovner began her work on Transitions by filming in London. She collected architectural elements, monuments and human figures, and created an imagined multilayered space, a video collage of an iconographic London landscape. As in her other public artworks (and like her work, "Passagi/Passages," at Stazione Municipio, in Naples and “Histories” at the Court Napoleon and the Louvre), Rovner creates a dialogue with the given architecture and place in which her work is displayed; with its past and present.  

In her multimedia practice, Rovner explores questions of nature, identity, dislocation, and the fragility of human existence. Generally avoiding specific issues or event, her work shifts between the poetic and the political, and between the present and historical memory.

  • Client: Crossrail
  • Location: Canary Wharf, London
  • Photographers / Image Credit: Photography courtesy of the artists