PUI SAN LOK
Estate & Urban Planning, 2005
'Real Estate' presents documentation of Dawood's ongoing theatrical
project: restaging the assasination of the Native American chief
Crazy Horse at the soon-to-be demolished Diorama Arts Centre.
Started by Andrew Logan and Derek Jarman in the 1980s, it was
the birthplace of a large section of British performance art,
and a critical meeting place for the black arts movement, and
lattterly home to a range of cultural endeavours; from the Gay
Men's Chorus to Disability Arts. The building with its histories
and studios is owned by property consortium British Land (owned
by the queen), who are replacing it with office space. Other
office spaces they own feature large-scale art commissions by
the likes of Michael Craig-Martin & Sarah Morris.
By situating the performance at this location, Dawood makes
a link between land disputes at the time of Crazy Horse's killing,
in relation to the US government's attempts to force the Native
American onto the 'reservation', and current disputes over accessibility
and cultural provision in the city.