Jaspar Joseph-Lester has been LGP’s artist in resident during the early Autumn months and from this, has produced a guidebook for the city. The guidebook sticks to a traditional format and tone but presents an incongruous script of the city.
Joseph-Lester has interpreted Coventry’s landscape and histories through architectural fragments and logged it under the classifications STAIRWELLS; TILES; CARPARKS and WATER FEATURES. These prosaic features are examined through the past, present and future and by promoting them to iconographic status, reveal alternative, contested and repressed histories.
Joseph-Lester has done extensive research into Coventry City Council commissioning the city centre regeneration plan, The Jerde Masterplan, based on their signature Las-Vegas-style event architecture, and vastly removed from Donald Gibson’s postwar city plan.
See the following article for extended research: Joseph-Lester, J. (2011) ‘Non-relational Regimes of Urban Modernisation’, Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9:2, pp.163-76
In conjunction with the residency, LGP commissioned Joseph-Lester’s video Grand Canal on the Big Screen in Millennium Place, Coventry.