Jane Prophet

The Wapping Project Bankside

THE WAPPING PROJECT, managed by the Women's Playhouse Trust, is one of London's more ambitious attempts to turn a former industrial building into an arts center. It is located in a Victorian hydraulic-power station, which has been an occasional venue for concerts, performances, and installations since the early '90s—the best known being Anya Gallacio's Intensities and Surfaces, 1996, a thirty-four-ton block of ice that melted during the course of the show. What were formerly the boiler and filter rooms have been converted into exhibition and performance spaces, and a restaurant was created in the engine and turbine houses, with tables spread out amid the old machinery.

The inaugural exhibition in the restored yet still ramshackle boiler house was a site-specific installation by Jane Prophet titled Conductor, 2000. The floor was flooded, and 120 electro-luminescent cables, each twenty-six

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