This June, InTRANSIT will once again take over the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with its exciting and experimental programme of site-responsive art and performance. With this year’s theme of ‘Island Life’, InTRANSIT brings together responses from a diverse selection of artists looking at the contrasts of urban isolation and connectivity, celebrating community and the principle that ‘no man is an island’.
Pop-up ‘Island’ installations create an arts-archipelago across the borough, with the Portobello Pavilion - InTRANSIT's hub of practical activity and discussion – at its centre. Highlights include: a series of large-scale, playful sandcastles produced in conjunction with the Museum of Architecture; an immersive exploration of JG Ballard's novel Concrete Island; an electro-folk opera at the Print Room; an art exhibition in a secret subterranean space at Notting Hill Gate station; and a day of dance and participation from Polynesia and Melanesia.
Curated and produced by O’Neill/Ross, InTRANSIT champions work that is immediate and relevant. It is unique in London in that it exclusively commissions new art of every genre in unexpected locations. An innovative platform for experimentation and new collaborations in art and performance, InTRANSIT celebrates space and challenges the role of audiences by responding to current issues and putting local residents at the heart of arts commissioning.
Across the cultural sector there has been a real move towards connectivity and engagement and, InTRANSIT, as a commissioning showcase, is part of this new wave of activities committed to widening participation and access.