A more current question goes like this: who in their right mind wants to spend Friday evening at a defunct coal-mine, with only the odd marshal between art and a sticky end down a pit shaft? That's the scenario for 'UN-EARTH', the Rats' new show at Snibston Discovery Park, Leicestershire, a working pit until 1983, which aims to 'un- earth the issues relating to the slow dismembering of the coal industry'. 'Unfortunately we can't do it underground,' says Ivan Smith, a Rat, 'because it was concreted up.' What the 500 expected visitors will find is a trail of happenings - live canaries in the untouched Pithead No 1, a shower-room installation - enlivened by 'interventions'.
'Architectural significance is the link for our shows: evocative locations,' Smith says, putting the work in context. 'We've done disused factories, motorways and a condemned tower block. This again explores redundant space. We're not making this a totally political issue.' Maybe not. But don't expect the Blumenthals to turn up. Adrian Turpin
'UN-EARTH', Snibston Discovery Park, Coleville, Leicestershire, Fri 9 Jul, 10pm to midnight. Free
(Photograph omitted)Reuse content