OPEN GATES II: The Shed Workshop


Spaces of commoning: where collective making takes place for a common good
Space of one’s own: where individual making takes place for one’s personal practice.

Warehouse living in Hackney Wick and Fish Island is supporting common practices: Communal dinners, collective urban gardening and creative collaborations take place in disused industiral spaces which benefit the local community. The urban gardens appropriate found objects while studios are made collectively from reclaimed materials. While it is important to utilize the communal spaces collectively, is also important to have a space of one’s own: whether it’s an insulated temporary structure, a desk space or a mobile shed that provides an affordable, independent and accessible space for practice. The community helps to connect the spaces in which individual and collective practices take place.

Open Gates II : The Shed Workshop aims to think about the importance of independent spaces and to build a communal shed structure with recycled materials.

The workshop starts at the Common Shop at 5pm with an introduction to a variety of local and global shed examples by local artist Sara Kärpänen.

At 6pm the workshop continues to Vittoria Wharf, Hackney Wick where the participants will build their own common structure with recycled materials.

The event is open for public. No RSVP necessary

Bring your scrap wood and tools!

WHEN:

Saturday 2 May 2015, 5pm-9pm

5pm: The Wick Common Shop, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

6pm-9pm: Unit 17 / Yard, 10 Stour Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT

CALLOUT: Mini Residency at the Wick Common Shop

The Wick Curiosity Shop is seeking artists, makers and thinkers to use 'The Wick Common Shop' for a mini residency anytime in May or June.

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.
The Shop documents the areas unofficial and "minor" history through an eclectic collection of memories, local produce, memorabilia, oral history, songs and stories. It doesn't provide an overarching narrative, but a tapestry of mostly disregarded facts and experiences one can navigate in various ways creating as many narratives. For a six month period from February to July 2015 it is in residence in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it hosts events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the 'Common Object', artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

We are looking to support three proposals each with a modest budget of £250 (£200 fees and £50 materials). Proposals should span over a two day period including a Sunday but can last longer if the needed. Residencies can happen any time in May or June and should have a 'public moment' to allow visitors to the Park to engage with the work.

The Wick Common Shop is open Saturdays from 11am-5pm, A free 'Shed Tour' takes place every Saturday at 1pm. Additional events are advertised on our Website, via social media or at the Common Shop. Facebook: Wick Curiosity / Twitter: @wickcuriosity / Web: www.wickcuriosityshop.net

DEADLINE: 8t of May 2015
Budget available for the residency: £200 with a £50 material contribution

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
- A brief outline of the proposed work (500 words max and a few images)
- Who is involved including a short Bio (1paragraph)
- Your ideal date, time and duration
- Email your proposals to: andreas@wickcuriosityshop.net

The Wick Common Shop is a project by public works and has been commissioned as part of the Park's Local Programme, run by the London Legacy Development Corporation. Find out more at: www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

The Wick Common Shop

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop in the traditional sense. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.

For a six month period its residency takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it will host events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’, artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

There will be a number of billboards attached to the shed to which we will attach large scale posters which will change on a regular basis to keep the shed animated when not in use. Posters will be printed in black and white using the identity of the Wick Curiosity Shop (see website). Large posters will be produced using tiled A3 paper. On Saturdays The Common Shop is invigilated by an artist Sara Kärpänen, who is interested in exploring models of perceiving, making and exhibiting art in non-art spaces. The shop is open for public every Saturday 11-5pm.

Common Shop is a mobile structure that's residency takes place in four different locations in Olympic Park.

1. 21st Feb - 1st May Fountain Area, South Park
2. 1s May - 1st June: Tumbling Bay, North Park
3. 1st June - End: Mobile Garden / Chobham Manor

The Wick Common Shop

The Wick Common Shop is not a shop in the traditional sense. It is an archive, a billboard, a venue for discussion, a studio and sometimes a shop.

For a six month period its residency takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where it will host events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’, artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.

There will be a number of billboards attached to the shed to which we will attach large scale posters which will change on a regular basis to keep the shed animated when not in use. Posters will be printed in black and white using the identity of the Wick Curiosity Shop (see website). Large posters will be produced using tiled A3 paper.

The Shop is open for public every Saturday 11-5pm.

Common Shop is a mobile structure that's residency takes place in four different locations in Olympic Park.

1. 21st Feb - 24th March: Fountain Area, South Park
2. 24th March - 1st May: Here East
3. 1s May - 1st June: Tumbling Bay, North Park
4. 1st June - End: Mobile Garden / Chobham Manor

DESIGNING THE URBAN COMMONS: LESSON FROM THE FIELD public lecture on March 25th

"With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launches Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas competition calling for new ways to stimulate the city's public and collective life. Three groups engaged in live projects in London and Paris will present their work, describing how commoning emerges through the spaces they have created or occupied and also examining the issues and opportunities presented by commons as an approach to urban design.
The competition brief, which also goes live on 25th March, will ask for existing land, architecture, or infrastructures in neighbourhoods across London to be re-imagined as common spaces, or for new urban commons to be carved out in the city or online. Commons are not static pieces of architecture. We are seeking designs through which the social act of commoning could take shape, by enabling citizens to co-produce urban resources from culture & knowledge to housing, energy or democratic processes."

Speakers

Assembly SE8 was formed out of a collective need to transform a space in limbo. The site of an old school where the group live as property guardians also became the centre for an active engagement with the idea of the 'commons'. Utilising the schools vast playground, wildlife garden and the school itself, the group opened up this once private space for the local community to explore and engage with. A whole variety of projects and people have passed through this space, each informing the context and practise of using a space with few rules and no predetermined use.

Atelier d'architecture autogérée (studio for self-managed architecture) is a collective platform which conducts explorations, actions and research concerning urban mutations and emerging cultural, social and political practices in the contemporary city. aaa acts through 'urban tactics', encouraging the participation of inhabitants at the self-management of disused urban spaces, overpassing contradictions and stereotypes by proposing nomad and reversible projects, initiating interstitial practices which explore the potential of contemporary city (in terms of population, mobility, temporality). Their current project R-URBAN in the Parisian suburb of Colombes proposes the creation of a local network of short circuits of ecological, economic, social and cultural nature. It consists of AgroCite, a civic agricultural centre, RecycLab, a platform for recycling and eco-construction, and EcoHab, a cooperative residential unit of 7 habitations currently under construction.

Public Works is a non for profit organisation working between the fields of art, architecture and design. All public works projects explore how the urban public realm can be shaped by its users and how participation and collaboration can inform a more open design process Projects span across different scales and address the relation between the informal and formal aspects of a site. They produce social, architectural and discursive spaces: outputs include socio-spatial and physical structures, public events and publications. The group is based in London and operates as a not-for-profit company. Current members are Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang who work with an extended network of project related collaborators.

When:
18.30 – 20.00, Wednesday 25th March, 2015

Where:
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE Clement House, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF

Tickets:
Free and open to all, seats allocated on a first come first served basis

Read more on Theatrum Mundi website.

RURBAN DAY

Last Saturday the 21st of March, R-Urban Wick joined R-Urban Colombes in Paris for the R-URBAN DAY, a one day long celebration of all the R-Urban projects currently active, including Agrocité and the RECYCLAB which opened on the day!

Here below the program of the day with the many intersting activities we joined in.

IN RECYCLAB

11:00/16:00 - we repaired everyday objects in the Repair Café
13:00 - DIY SNACK
14:00/17:00 - we manufactured all sorts of furnitures from old damaged objects to broken and recovered material!
15:30 - Ecodesign Fab Lab (Montreuil) Extramuros (Gennevilliers), Simone (Colombes) MicroStop, urban hitchhiking reinvented mobile (Colombes), present their innovative projects in Mini-Conferences!
16:00 - Aperitif Bricolatoire and out of the R-Urban Shuttle

IN AGROCITÉ

17:00 - No Local Store Opening and Exhibition Consumerist creations of the Prod-Action Workshop
18:00 - Disco Soup music by two groups of Associtation Zuluberlus Colombes: MINI VEX & Doolayz & The O!
19:00 - Open Microphone! We turned to projects which shared the themes of ecology and social solidarity economy! With the participation of the shared garden 56stblaise (Paris), the School of Compost
(Colombes) and Andreas Lang R-Urban Tool Lending Library project (London)
At dusk, the collective Royal Zoo illuminated the garden!
20:00 - Screening of a documentary film about the social economy Patrick Laroche: "Working (+ or -) otherwise".

Wick Zine #5

Wick Zine #5 launches at Art Moves

We launched our fith Wick Zine at the Art Moves exhibition on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Wick Zine #5 presents a series of responses to questions raised in R-Urban's Wick Session no.19 ‘Values of Temporary Use’ (co-organised with Mara Ferreri) and no.20 ‘Co-producing The Makeshift’ (with isaac Marrero-Guillamon, and including a walk led by Richard Brown).

You can download a pdf copy here

WICK SESSION NO.20
THE MAKESHIFT CITY
Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

WICK SESSION NO.19
THE COMPETING VALUES OF TEMPORARY USE
Mara Ferreri

WICK SESSION NO.20 - REVIEW
C0-PRODUCING THE MAKESHIFT: A REVIEW
Shane Boothby and Toby Austin Locke

WICK SESSION NO.20 - WALK
A TOUR OF THE MAKESHIFT SPACES OF HACKNEY WICK
public works with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

WICK SESSION NO.20 - RESPONSE
THE MAKESHIFT CITY AS POLITICAL PROJECT
Shane Boothby

WICK SESSION NO.20 RESPONSE
PLAYING WITH THE POSSIBLE
Toby Austin Locke

Art Moves

Wick on Wheels wil be taking part in the Art Moves exhibtion on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 20th & 21st of September 2014

'The Art Moves exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. ... Bringing together artists from across Europe to discuss their portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the world.

A free film and talks programme will compliment the event, screening famous artists' films such as Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead which toured the United States, and a talk from internationally renowned art collective N55 from Copenhagen.'

R-urban will house a mini exhibition on the back of Wick on Wheels of mobile urban projects which deal with sustainabilty.

In addition we will be hosting a Wick Session at the show on Saturday the 20th. Times and speakers to be confirmed shortly.

R-urban Wick at Hackney Wicked