Thursday 25 March 2010

Unveiling, Andro Semeiko, 3 April -23 May 2010, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery

Unveiling, Andro Semeiko, 3 April -23 May 2010, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery

Andro Semeiko

3 April -23 May 2010

Opening: Sat 3 April 2:00-4:30pm

Book launch Unveiling: Rocket MT2010, Sat 15 May 2:00-4:30pm
Free copies will be available at the launch and from:

Andro Semeiko has made the body of work to document the secret creation of a space rocket designed to fly to Mars. 
Built by a secret society, work began underground in the 17th Century and has been ongoing for three centuries to meet 
the launch date sometime this year! The secret society has employed experienced miners from the Forest of Dean, who 
had previously helped the English to capture Berwick-upon-Tweed from the Scots in the thirteenth century. The miners 
have dug tunnels that stretch under the river Tweed to the village of Spittal, which is to be the actual point where 
Rocket MT2010 has been constructed. Specially trained rhinos were also shipped in from India to help out with the 
excavations. The final preparations for the first flight of the Rocket MT2010 are about to commence. The secret society will 
select fifteen lucky people from Berwick-upon-Tweed to man the rocket on its maiden voyage. They will experience the 
lovingly crafted Mock Tudor rocket, where things are on a miniature scale but have a grand appearance! Every detail of 
the rocket has been considered by the secret society. For example, the crewmembers' urine will be reworked into a 
delicious drink and their nail clipping will be processed into spacey porridge. The secret society has integrated itself into 
all levels of the community, enabling them to deny and cover up any rumours that the chimney at Spittal point is in fact 
the tip of their rocket. Can anyone stop the launch of this Mock Tudor rocket? What is the secret society's unknown 
quest to Mars? And why are the people of Berwick-upon-Tweed being offered this unique experience?

Project Unveiling consists of an installation in the Gymnasium Gallery and an artist book publication. The installation 
contains paintings, sculptures, drawings, blueprints, models, a slideshow and several items from Berwick Museum 
and Art Gallery. It operates in contemporary art context by using mechanisms of archival documentation as well as 
theatrical methods of delivering a narrative. The blueprints of the Rocket MT2010 are developed in collaboration with 
Pierre Maré Architects. Life size model of the rocket is built in collaboration with aircraft engineer Simon Heald
Artist book Unveiling: Rocket MT2010, 48 pages, edition of 500, tells a linear narrative with layered visual meaning. 
It features images created and compiled by Andro Semeiko, and texts specially written by Neil Mulholland 
and JJ Charlesworth. It is edited and published in collaboration with Basement Art Projects.

Andro Semeiko is a Georgian artist living and working in London. Exhibition Unveiling is part of his Berwick Gymnasium 
Fellowship 09/10. Semeiko studied at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1998), HKU, Utrecht (2000), Goldsmiths College (2001) 
and Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006). He has exhibited in New Contemporaries 2001, Camden Arts Centre and 
Sunderland Museum (2001); Shine, The Lowry, Manchester (2002); Sotheby's Auction, London (2007); Two Hopes, Tbilisi Opera 
and Ballet Theatre, Georgia (2007); Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam (2008); Expander Painting, Prague Biennale (2009). He was 
awarded Kunstanjer 2000 (NL) and British Institution Prize 2004.

Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery
Berwick Barracks
The Parade
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DG

Opening times: 11am - 5pm, Wednesday - Sunday
Tel: 01289304535, Email:

The exhibition is made possible by: Matthew Walmsley, Curator of Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery;
Judith King, Curator for Contemporary Art at English Heritage; Anne Moore, Curator of Berwick Museum and Art Gallery;
Jim Herbert, Cultural Development Officer at Northumberland County Council.

The Berwick Fellowship programme began in 1993 and is awarded annually to selected professional artists who have 
demonstrated an ongoing commitment to developing their practice. This period of reflective time is intended to give artists 
an opportunity to produce a new body of work in response to this extraordinary border location.

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC009201