The first Pavilion Gallery display will be Board Room, an installation by the Dutch artists' collective Atelier van Lieshout.
AvL, founded in Rotterdam in 1995 by Joep van Lieshout, is a multi-disciplinary art practice encompassing installations, design, furniture and architecture, producing work which examines and critiques the commercial nature of contemporary society.
Board Room presents a series of models, maps and sculptures alongside a dinner table laid with hand-illustrated crockery, all of which relate to the fictional SlaveCity, a sinister futuristic city with 200,000 residents, who are divided by gender and work within a strict set of guidelines. Whilst the regime offers its inhabitants no independence and severely restricts their freedoms, the city is entirely self-sufficient and is 'zero energy', producing its own food, recycling its waste and using only natural fuels. With a net income of $8 billion dollars SlaveCity employs communist working methods to take the notion of productivity and profit to the extreme. SlaveCity is an evolving, ever-expanding project that envisions this fictional city and its economic structure in elaborately worked-out detail.