Hearts of Darkness

Artists and stowaways from various disciplines spent time in A Room for London and created thirteen new works to be shared via the digital space.

Caryl Phillips and Johny Pitts: A Bend in the River

January: James Bridle, A Ship Adrift
Weather station, website, bot
Artist, writer and programmer creates “a thing made out of ships, weather and the internet” on a voyage that lasts exactly 365 days.

February: David Byrne, Get It Away
Audio and video (2m 46s)
The musician, photographer, film director and author creates a new sound work out of London field recordings, declaring "London's tempo is 122.86 beats per minute".

March: Jeremy Deller and Chuck
Video (10m 11s)
Deller invites Chuck, a singer and musician who often plays along the South Bank, to play a set on board A Room for London.

March: Fiona Banner, Heart of Darkness
Live video stream
Orson Welles' unmade film Heart of Darkness was performed in its entirety by the actor Brian Cox in a one-off live stream on board the Roi des Belges.

April: Lucy Tuymans, Allo!
Oil on canvas
Painted following a conversation about the Room with Artangel Co-Director James Lingwood, Tuymans new work is based on the last minutes of The Moon and Sixpence, a film made in the early 1940s.

July: Geoff Dyer on Heart of Darkness
Audio (18m 34s)
Written following a night in the Room, a new piece re-considers Conrad's novella. 

July: James Bridle, A Ship Aground
Surveillance camera
Sister work to A Ship Adrift gives viewers access to the memory of a Thames-side surveillance camera.

August: Tim Etchells, Unsound Method (after Conrad)
Book, ebook, musical score, video (65m)
Two altered versions of Heart of Darkness become a musical score, performed in the Room.

September: Luc Tuymans in conversation with Pavel Büchler
Audio (1h 35m 22s)
On the eve of it being exhibited in London, Tuymans discusses a body of new work initially inspired by a conversation about the boat.

October: Caryl Phillips and Johny Pitts, A Bend in the River
Audio slideshow (10m)
A photographic extension of Caryl Phillips' London Address, exploring the paradoxes of post-windrush London via the journey from Waterloo to Tilbury.

October: Imogen Heap, You Know Where to Find Me
Map of Edinburgh
The composition process for Imogen Heap's October 2012 single You Know Where to Find Me began in A Room for London and continued via a series of pianos in Edinburgh where, during the space of a day, she played a series of pop-up concerts. An illustrated, online piano map allows viewers to explore the geography of both pianos and song.

October: Naomi Alderman, Ivory
Audio (33m 14s) with transcript
New story considers one of the most puzzling characters in Heart of Darkness.

October: Roni Horn, Saying Water
Audio (24m 44s)
The artist reflects on the meaning – personal and universal – of the dark and opaque river outside the Room's window.