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Soundings has become shorthand for ‘Sounding Louder: Experimentation, skills and mentoring’, which is the title of my Developing Your Creative Practice application to Arts Council England. The grant allows me to do just that: experiment with ways of making noise, through writing architecture and audio architecture, creating spaces through sound. Taking soundings, checking out possibilities …
Not yet half way through the process – one of my own making, it’s such a great opportunity that the grant gives you – and I’ve outlined three distinct projects with various collaborations in discussion, three sites, different outputs, different ways of working. Two are in London: one is a sound performance in and about a disused department store, as a way of drawing attention to this as a possibility for retrofitting (as a people’s palace? as social housing for homeless people or refugees?); the other involves exploring the architecture of markets moving to Dagenham Reach from various sites in more central London – Spitalfields, Smithfield and Billingsgate – and the changes to the old and new areas, the people involved and the industries.
The third continues my ongoing investigations into translations in architecture: from idea to description to plan to physical structure, and back again, and through image/test using AI and code translations. More to follow, as per.
AKA The Alphabet Tax, my novel-in-waiting is going through edits pre-publication. It’s a painstaking, minutely focused process, back and forth between me and the editor and back again another time, and again. Of course I can’t wait for it to be complete, as a process and as a novel but it’s also an incredible exercise and will be all the better for it. I’m looking forward to talking covers when we’re done with the edit, playing with printing.
With Stamatis Zografos, I co-presented at this conference in Brasilia last week, him in-person, me remotely. This is truly interdisciplinary, across architecture, art, film, policing, linguistics … extremely fascinating, highly educational and full of potential as a result.
We were talking about our Ledbury Estate project, on the housing estate in Peckham, South London. We discussed the steps we’ve taken in the work so far, the people involved, the results, the restrictions and our methodology, which looks at new ways of applying hauntology.
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.