The artists behind a public commission set to be a new landmark for Cambridge will be talking about their work at a lunchtime event at the Fitzwilliam Museum on Wednesday 27 September.
Artist duo Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier are behind In Other Words, created for Cambridge Assessment, the University’s international exams board’s new Triangle headquarters, due to open on Shaftesbury Road Cambridge early next year. In Other Words features layers of script in different languages created in ceramic and printed onto glass. The words come from the public response to the question ‘What is Knowledge?’, as well as the Cambridge Assessment archive. Contributions in 34 different languages were received from the public. The work will feature on the entrance to the building and on a 39m tower that will be a stunning landmark when approaching from the south of the City. In the talk The Making of Sense: Creating ground-breaking public art commissions Vong and Claire will discuss their collective work, encompassing large-scale installations and sculptural works, films, books, and socially engaged public commissions. The artists have worked collaboratively for over 25 years. Vong Phaophanit was also a Turner Prize nominee in 1993.
The free talk will take place at the Fitzwilliam Museum at 1.15pm on Wednesday 27 September. Tickets are available from 12.45 pm on the day of the talk from the entrance desk at the South (Courtyard) entrance.