Archive for June, 2015

L.A.T.[E].W.I.

Posted: June 15, 2015 in LATEWI, SYMPOSIUM

I was part of the LAT[E]WI team that organised a symposium in Peckham. To run on the 28th and 29th of May, The symposium included talks, workshops film screenings and an exhibition.
We had regular meetings at the Stormbird in Camberwell and within the college from January until the symposium happened. During the first meetings different people took on different roles.
I helped with the contacting people who would be on the panels of the various talks. Another one of my roles was IT and social media, I procured a domain name for the project, http://www.latewi.co.uk and facilitated web space for a site. I started and maintained 2 facebook event pages one for the screening and one for the exhibition.
I contacted and negotiated with the directors of the film Concrete Heart Land. Which was screened in Wilson Road lecture theartre. The screening was followed by a directors talk which I chaired.
I designed 3 posters that were printed as publicity, one for the symposium itself, one for the film screenings and one for the exhibition. (See following pages)
I was also involved in the selection team that juried the exhibition applicants, though I was asked to leave the room when my application was considered. My pieces were accepted for the exhibition.

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Fire water and Gas

Posted: June 15, 2015 in Manhole covers, sculpture

For the LAT[E]WI @ Safehouse exhibition I presented cast manhole covers.
The maze of tunnels, waterways and drains is hidden to us, though we are never far from one or more. From original Victorian sewers to modern cable channels these permeate all aspects the city and a very necessary part of city living used by everybody irrespective of class, gender, age or race. These pieces with their connection to the Aylesbury estate will be a lasting memory of the estate itself for it is due to be demolished in the coming years to make way for expensive apartments. These apartments will not house the original occupants who are being moved out of the area, they will be beyond the financial range of those living in the vicinity at present, this process of reallocation is in general terms called social cleansing or if you prefer gentrification.
The network of channels and tunnels will most probably remain to service the new buildings but the manhole covers will probably be replaced, thus erasing every thing that was above ground.
I took moulds from manhole covers and cast them in unlikely materials metals silicon plaster wax and glass. I situated them in unlikely places within the dilapidated house that was the gallery.