Slet: Architecture & Exercise
Slet is a recreation of Czech exercise routines for contemporary reuse and trains groups of participants to perform synchronised exercises at sites of modern architecture.
Traditionally, a slet is a mass display of Czech Sokol exercises and also means ‘a flocking of birds.’
The project explores the visual and social possiblities of exercising together outdoors as a continuation of Modernist ideals that links healthy living with the aesthetics of the built environment. Slet successfully delivered participatory art projects for Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Barbican Art Centre and Wandsworth Council.
Each Slet event is dedicated to an architect associated with a specific site.
Slet was originally commissioned by Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts for Norfolk residents and migrant workers in 2008. Slet for Foster was held outside Sir Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre building and Slet for Buckingham & Berry celebrated the architecture of a 1930s pavilion on Cromer beach.
The project was featured in The Guardian G2 8 July 2008 ‘Do the Magpie’.
Further Slet events took place at iconic architectural
sites in London 2009-2010:
Slet for Lubetkin - Finsbury Health Centre
Slet for Le Corbusier - Barbican Estate
Slet for Marten - Tooting Bec Lido
Slet for Hepworth - Walthamstow Town Hall
Slet for Alton - Roehampton Estate
City Slet 01-04 - Various locations, City of London
Co-produced with Felicity Croydon.