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That’s it really, the new version will be here soon.
Our projects Lightboxes and Lettering, on the print industry in east London, and Sweet Harmony, on rave culture in Walthamstow, have been cited in the Radical History of Hackney site – see more here: https://hackneyhistory.wordpress.com/
More from Rendezvous Projects, Sweet Harmony, run by Katherine Green and Lucy Harrison, maps dance radio stations, record shops, businesses and venues across the borough. This is a very under-studied period of music culture and the project was set up with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.
With oral history interviews, now available at LB Waltham Forest Archives and Vestry House, Sweet Harmony has published a project book with a series of playlists via QR codes to enjoy while reading!
Lightboxes + Lettering has gone online with the show at Bow Arts – we’re still here so take a look. We had to close early due to CoVid but wanted to ensure people could still visit.
This is the version of my article published in Architecture and Culture, Looking Back Again and Forward Re: Review and Reconstruction in Writing and Architecture, Architecture and Culture, now in the RCA research repository.
A small hooray I’m allowing – every little helps, non? – for my article
‘Looking Back Again and Forward
Re: Review and Reconstruction in Writing and Architecture’ in Architecture and Culture, which you can read here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/YSWG3GRCVZVUBNFBJPEG/full?target=10.1080/20507828.2020.1701348
This great potential phrase for a title came up last week in a fruitful discussion with Stamatis Zografos, who I am very pleased to be working with on the next stage of the UCL Trellis 2 project. We’re talking about what to propose for our take on the project, based around the new UCL East campus in Stratford.
We’re looking at a ideas around exchange and creative destruction, card games and disruption and relics, gentrification and regeneration (of course) and spaces of intimacy and forgetting. Which tells you a lot without giving anything away! Whether or not ‘the wrong tools’ ends up being used, we started a good conversation and a good collaboration.
You can access Stamatis’s book, Architecture and Fire here, available for download.
A very interesting afternoon yesterday spent in a whirl of artist/academic ‘matchmaking’ at Fish Island. This is the first stage of the Trellis2 programme that is about partnerships of artists interested in east London and academics from UCL responding to the new UCL East development. It’s really a knowledge exchange activity, aiming to maximise impact between the university and the local community/ies. Although there were way more artists than researchers at yesterday’s initial event, which made the matchmaking aspect a little tricky, so many of us work in both environments. People at this stage of the selection process include those working on ideas about trust and what to believe, Frankenstein, being human, self-build houses, sign language, magic and remembering and heritage.
It’s early days in the project, building up to the selection of four partnerships being selected to create work for spring 2021. There’s so many levels of interest for me and connections with my work: from east London itself; concepts of ‘regeneration’ and varying ideas of heritage; collaborations with people working in other disciplines and engagement with users of a space or place; and the duration of the project. In terms of the themes outlined, culture, social science (in terms of social geography and sociology) and urban living (in terms of communities, architecture, public spaces) are highly evident in my practice. Along with engineering in relation to architecture and social engineering, these are the areas in which I’d see most potential with my work.
With my background in architecture, projects are often focused on a particular space or place or building and its users. These include:
1 Lightboxes & Lettering (2018–20)
A Heritage Lottery-funded project with Rendezvous Projects, on the experiences of people involved in the printing industry in the pre-digital era in east London (mostly Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest). The outputs here include exhibitions at SPACE and Nunnery galleries, a series of oral history interviews to be deposited in the London Metropolitan Archive, a book and workshops on printing and writing.
2 Building 519 (2014)
A publication and audio installation commissioned by Whitstable Biennale, focusing on the community of redundant workers from the closed Pfizer pharmaceutical complex at Sandwich.
3 Leysdown Rose-tinted (2009–11)
An arts regeneration public realm improvement project on the Isle of Sheppey where, together with muf architecture/art, as project leader, I worked with local arts, religious and business groups, schools, the WI and other social groups. Outputs ranged from a rose garden, photographic exhibitions, a postcard project, a book to a community writing website. This project received a Royal Society for Public Health, Arts and Public Health Commendation 2011.
A Trick of the Light (2005), a digital writing piece on reactions to a newbuild performance space for a writer-in-residence commission with architexts/Southeast Arts. I worked with residents and staff at Orchard House, a Rudolf Steiner residential home for young adults with learning difficulties. It was from my experience during this project that I coined the term ‘audio architecture’ for my use of sound to create spaces.