This building is being temporarily re-used and that is better than nothing; the artistic part of me says, fab; but the political part says it is a crying shame that such a beautiful, ornate, historically diverse(in its useage)building is sinking slowly into decrepitude(exemplified in these captures). It is great,artistically, to say the art reflects back on the disused space; but in 3 and a half months it will be shut up again and derelict, left to rot.
I felt especially sad as it was in this trade Union Centre in 1988 or 1989 that myself as part of a group of lgbt activists successfully persuaded the Centre to include sexual orientation in their Equal Opportunities Policy; and I used the libray there(:
This has become a polemical lament; the art was good and quirky;but, time after time, the Biennial, for 2-4 months, has had a spectral re-inhabitation of these forlorn spaces, with NO political message that they should be re-vitalised; they are NOT just an artwork (in themselves) they are spaces that should be funded to be used AGAIN and properly, permanently occupied; the art is a good interim measure-it is SOME useage; perhaps I am being unfair on the Official Biennial; perhaps it is,partly, making my point for me, that these beautiful spaces are cruelly abandoned. I have negelected the art-work itself, but, on reflection, feel too sad to celebrate its beauties