Luna Nera

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Luna Nera is a collaborative group of international artists who make site-specific artworks. Members of Luna Nera have exhibited in a number of venues ranging from disused buildings to Tate Britain. The organisation was founded in 1997 to create works in response to significant urban sites which have fallen into dereliction. Some places that Luna Nera have worked in include:

The huge former Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, London designed in the Gothic Revival style by Sir George Gilbert Scott and built in 1868-72.

The former Drawing Offices of Harland and Wolff, Belfast, once the largest shipyard in the world, where the RMS Titanic was designed and built.

Buildings formerly belonging to the Russian Navy, on Kronstadt naval base, Saint Petersburg Russia.

The Old Colosseum Theatre in Dalston, east London. This now-derelict structure was a circus space and music hall and one of the first cinemas in London.

A late 19th century factory complex in Obershoeneweide East Berlin, in the vast former industrial area built by Peter Behrens for AEG (This contradicts other parts of Wikipedia showing Peter Behrens first working for AEG in 1907). The whole district fell into economic ruin after 1989.

Artists involved with Luna Nera are the group's founders Gillian McIver, Valentina Floris, Sandrine Albert, Chris Singer and also Hilary Powell, Julian Ronnefeldt, Ben Foot. Other artists who work with Luna Nera include Leo Konigsberg, Nazir Tanbouli, Lennie Lee, Derek Szteliga, Agnes Domke. Luna Nera has a related group based in Barcelona and co-operates with group Dirizhable in Russia and Factory-Berlin in Berlin.

Luna Nera is concerned with exploring the conjunction of theory and practice in site-specific/site-responsive work, through a series of projects that also include text, talks and workshops. The group's members are active in writing, debating and presenting critical discourse about site specific art and site response in art.

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