Disastabah

2012

at Woodford Folk Festival

 Image Credit: Anthony Hamilton

Designed for the 2012 Woodford Folk Festival,  the Disastabah was designed as a functioning installation – a bar that grew from a determination to go ahead with the 2012 festival. After a year where flooding and other natural causes resulted in so much damage to the festival site, it seemed for a while that  the festival’s future was in peril. The installation functioned as a bar where patrons could drink to hope and the future. The black humor was continued in the centrepiece where an enormous black chandelier constructed from throwaway items and dog chew-toys was contained in a black go-go cage. Lounge chairs were re-covered in hand-printed disastah slogans and sculptural plinths featured three dimensional icons fashioned from remaindered toys. The walls of the Disastabah tents were lined with paintings featuring aspects from ecological disasters and a video featuring clips from a range of previous disasters was screened behind the bar itself.