There’s a riot coming to a town near you, courtesy of provocative U.K. artist Jimmy Cauty. The Aftermath Dislocation Principle is a trilogy of artworks that has toured the U.K. throughout 2016, each housed in a shipping container and each the scene of a model-scale contemporary, though imaginary scene.
The largest, “ADP 1,” is a miniature mock-up of rioting in the imaginary English town of Old Bedford. In the summer of 2015, ADP made a critically acclaimed appearance at U.K. street artist Banksy’s “Dismaland” — “a sinister twist on Disneyland” — in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset before taking to the road.
Jimmy Cauty was co-creator of the KLF, a Brit Award-winning band that later gave birth to The K Foundation arts project, in whose name Cauty and his fellow musician, artist and partner-in-crime Bill Drummond notoriously set fire to a million pounds on the Scottish Isle of Jura in 1994.
“ADP 1” is a 40ft container within which there is a post-apocalyptic landscape peopled only by members of the police together with fire and media crews. By peering through glass peepholes or observation ports in the side, you get to see some arresting sights.
The aftermath of vandalism, graffiti and looting is surveyed by riot police — all in miniature, on a scale of 1:87. Fire crews crawl over the scene and with such provoking statements as “You Shop, We Drop” and a mini-tableau of a “McDonald’s Drive-In” through which a lorry has driven, it’s stirring stuff. Depending on your point of view, it’s might be a bit unsettling to peer at these tiny enactments of anarchy and chaos. It can also be described as exciting — what will turn up in your changing but limited view point next?
On a “pilgrimage” to 38 sites of real-life historical riots, each time it has moved on to a new site, it has gained additional graffiti as interested and enthusiastic street artists and onlookers come along to add their artistic visions to proceedings.
In early November 2016, “ADP 1” took up residence in the old Grassmarket region of Edinburgh,Scotland in the shadows of the medieval castle, the scene of a mass riot in 1736, at the climax of which John Portas, the Captain of the City Guard, was lynched by an angry mob. Councillor Richard Lewis, Cultural Convener for Edinburgh City Council said:
“Edinburgh has never been afraid to embrace artwork of all forms, and I’m sure Cauty’s contemporary and creative riot installation will shock, entertain and provoke in equal measures.”
In the early hours of Christmas Day 2016, the tour winds up in the town of its namesake, Bedford. “ADP 2” and “ADP 3” are smaller — 10 feet and 6 feet respectively. “ADP 2” contains a monolithic tower called “New Bedford Rising” and “ADP 3” houses “The Bridge” that connects “ADP 1” and “ADP 2.”