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SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220

  • Deadline:
    June 20, 2014, 6 p.m.
  • Location:
    Furtherfield. McKenzie Pavilion., Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ, GB

Next show Furtherfield: SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220

The Arts Catalyst in partnership with Furtherfield

Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (Los Ferronautas) built their striking silver road-rail SEFT-1 vehicle to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador, capturing their journeys in videos, photographs and collected objects. In their first London exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe - Modern Ruins 1:220, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and presented in partnership with Furtherfield in their gallery space in the heart of Finsbury Park, the artists explore how the ideology of progress is imprinted onto historic landscapes and reflect on the two poles of the social experience of technology - use and obsolescence.

Between 2006 and 2011, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe). In a transdisciplinary art project, they set out to explore disused railways as a starting point for reflection and research, recording the landscapes and infrastructure around and between cities. Interviewing people they met, often from communities isolated by Mexico’s passenger railway closures, they shared their findings online, www.seft1.com, where audiences could track the probe’s trajectory, view maps and images and listen to interviews.

Private View: Friday 20 June 6-8pm (Press preview 20 June, 5pm)
Open 20 June–27 July 2014
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

Gallery tour with the artists, Saturday 21 June 2pm.
Talk with Dr Malcom Miles and discussion with the artists, Saturday 21 June 3.30-5pm (booking required)

The SEFT-1 exploration probe will be on display next to the gallery 20–22 June, 11–13 July, 18–20 July and 25–27 July 2014.


Tuesday 17 June 6.30–9.00pm - artists Ivan Puig & Andrés Padilla Domene will be in conversation with The Arts Catalyst curator Rob La Frenais during London LASER 04 at University of Westminster (book here)

Saturday 21 June 2pm – Gallery tour with the artists, FREE

Saturday 21 June 3–5pm – A de-industrialised estate - Talk with Dr Malcom Miles and discussion with the artists at Furtherfield Commons - (limited capacity £5, details and online booking here)

Saturday 12 July 11.30am–1.30pm – Drop in to the gallery and meet model railway maker extraordinaire Neville Reid and artist Andrés Padilla Domene, FREE

Saturday 12 July 2–4pm – Death Collapsing Into Life - Guided walk along Parkland abandoned railway with landscape architect, urbanist and writer Tim Waterman (limited capacity £5 and up to two children under 15 free, details and online booking here)

Saturday 19 July 10am–12.30pm – Create your own Railway Exploration Vehicle family workshop for children 7-12 years led by Codasign (limited capacity, £30 one child £50 two children, plus one accompanying parent, online booking here)

Saturday 19 July 2–5pm – Code your own Retro Game with Python - a beginners workshop for young people aged 13-17 to learn coding led by Codasign (limited capacity, £36 please bring a laptop with you, online booking here)

With support from Embassy of Mexico, Arts Council England, Central de Maquetas.