Hackney Wick Take Back

DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback - Saturday 5th April 2014, noon till late, Swan Wharf

Who?
You, Hackney Wick artists, performers, musicians, etc...

What?
The DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback !

Why?
By popular grassroots demand, in response to the success of the Hackney Wick Takeover night at the V&A. No other community invited to the V&A has ever said thank you very much, and then gone on mass to bring that spirit back home and with our good times Hackney Wick trademark.

How long is on for?
For one special day only.

How do I get involved?
Come along with your ready to go idea. If you weren't selected for the V&A - nowʼs your chance to be part of the DIY Hackney Wick Takeback. As well as the 26 projects from the V&A night, we will try and accommodate as many artists as the space permits.

What shall I bring?
Leave your CV at home, but do bring your great idea, your enthusiasm, adaptability, spirit of collaboration and sense of humour.

Whatʼs the curation policy?
This is hardcore DIY remember, so we need savvy self organising artists, who will be ready to show up, set up, and source their own equipment for the day.

When & where do I come to get my space?
Wednesday 26th March - Swan Wharf, Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
TIME: 6.30pm prompt. If you can't make it send someone on your behalf. The spaces are approximately based on a car park space and away you go.

Lets talk money?
Simple - we abolished it. This is strictly a DIY artists response. Our own economy of creativity and collaboration to make something happen. What you see is being given for free, time, buildings, posters, advice, contacts, equipment, bartering & lending, so be nice to everyone, that costs nothing (and help out where you can!).

If I get a space, when is the DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback scheduled for?
Saturday April 5th 2014

Times?
SET UP TIMES: Noon on Friday 4th April until 10am Saturday 5th April
EVENT TIMES: Noon on Saturday 5th April until late

Venue?
Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
We have the courtyard, ground floor, first floor and if we need it the second floor too.
Check out images of the venue here: http://swanwharfproject.co.uk

Why such short notice?
a) It coincides with the grand opening of the Olympic Park to increase footfall
b) to be as close as possible to the V&A Takeover date to capitalise on the creative juices unleashed by that event
c) this is when Swan Wharf is available to us

Who's in charge?
Rebecca Feiner, a local artist, haunting Hackney Wick for the past seven years.
In collaborating with as many Hackney Wickers as possible we are going to make the DIY – V&A Hackney Wick Takeback happen and have fun!
Hackney WickED are just assisting to round up artists and help out where we can – if you would like to help manage the event please let Rebecca know (cc'd).

Please reply to Rebecca with YES in the title - rebecca_feiner@hotmail.com - to let her know you would like to get involved so we can get an idea of numbers before meeting on 26th March to book our spaces in.

Hackney Wick Take Back - SAY YES

DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback - Saturday 5th April 2014, noon till late, Swan Wharf

Who?
You, Hackney Wick artists, performers, musicians, etc...

What?
The DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback !

Why?
By popular grassroots demand, in response to the success of the Hackney Wick Takeover night at the V&A. No other community invited to the V&A has ever said thank you very much, and then gone on mass to bring that spirit back home and with our good times Hackney Wick trademark.

How long is on for?
For one special day only.

How do I get involved?
Come along with your ready to go idea. If you weren't selected for the V&A - nowʼs your chance to be part of the DIY Hackney Wick Takeback. As well as the 26 projects from the V&A night, we will try and accommodate as many artists as the space permits.

What shall I bring?
Leave your CV at home, but do bring your great idea, your enthusiasm, adaptability, spirit of collaboration and sense of humour.

Whatʼs the curation policy?
This is hardcore DIY remember, so we need savvy self organising artists, who will be ready to show up, set up, and source their own equipment for the day.

When & where do I come to get my space?
Wednesday 26th March - Swan Wharf, Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
TIME: 6.30pm prompt. If you can't make it send someone on your behalf. The spaces are approximately based on a car park space and away you go.

Lets talk money?
Simple - we abolished it. This is strictly a DIY artists response. Our own economy of creativity and collaboration to make something happen. What you see is being given for free, time, buildings, posters, advice, contacts, equipment, bartering & lending, so be nice to everyone, that costs nothing (and help out where you can!).

If I get a space, when is the DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback scheduled for?
Saturday April 5th 2014

Times?
SET UP TIMES: Noon on Friday 4th April until 10am Saturday 5th April
EVENT TIMES: Noon on Saturday 5th April until late

Venue?
Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
We have the courtyard, ground floor, first floor and if we need it the second floor too.
Check out images of the venue here: http://swanwharfproject.co.uk

Why such short notice?
a) It coincides with the grand opening of the Olympic Park to increase footfall
b) to be as close as possible to the V&A Takeover date to capitalise on the creative juices unleashed by that event
c) this is when Swan Wharf is available to us

Who's in charge?
Rebecca Feiner, a local artist, haunting Hackney Wick for the past seven years.
In collaborating with as many Hackney Wickers as possible we are going to make the DIY – V&A Hackney Wick Takeback happen and have fun!
Hackney WickED are just assisting to round up artists and help out where we can – if you would like to help manage the event please let Rebecca know (cc'd).

Please reply to Rebecca with YES in the title - rebecca_feiner@hotmail.com - to let her know you would like to get involved so we can get an idea of numbers before meeting on 26th March to book our spaces in.

Hackney Wick Take Back - SAY YES!

DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback - Saturday 5th April 2014, noon till late, Swan Wharf

Who?
You, Hackney Wick artists, performers, musicians, etc...

What?
The DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback !

Why?
By popular grassroots demand, in response to the success of the Hackney Wick Takeover night at the V&A. No other community invited to the V&A has ever said thank you very much, and then gone on mass to bring that spirit back home and with our good times Hackney Wick trademark.

How long is on for?
For one special day only.

How do I get involved?
Come along with your ready to go idea. If you weren't selected for the V&A - nowʼs your chance to be part of the DIY Hackney Wick Takeback. As well as the 26 projects from the V&A night, we will try and accommodate as many artists as the space permits.

What shall I bring?
Leave your CV at home, but do bring your great idea, your enthusiasm, adaptability, spirit of collaboration and sense of humour.

Whatʼs the curation policy?
This is hardcore DIY remember, so we need savvy self organising artists, who will be ready to show up, set up, and source their own equipment for the day.

When & where do I come to get my space?
Wednesday 26th March - Swan Wharf, Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
TIME: 6.30pm prompt. If you can't make it send someone on your behalf. The spaces are approximately based on a car park space and away you go.

Lets talk money?
Simple - we abolished it. This is strictly a DIY artists response. Our own economy of creativity and collaboration to make something happen. What you see is being given for free, time, buildings, posters, advice, contacts, equipment, bartering & lending, so be nice to everyone, that costs nothing (and help out where you can!).

If I get a space, when is the DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback scheduled for?
Saturday April 5th 2014

Times?
SET UP TIMES: Noon on Friday 4th April until 10am Saturday 5th April
EVENT TIMES: Noon on Saturday 5th April until late

Venue?
Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
We have the courtyard, ground floor, first floor and if we need it the second floor too.
Check out images of the venue here: http://swanwharfproject.co.uk

Why such short notice?
a) It coincides with the grand opening of the Olympic Park to increase footfall
b) to be as close as possible to the V&A Takeover date to capitalise on the creative juices unleashed by that event
c) this is when Swan Wharf is available to us

Who's in charge?
Rebecca Feiner, a local artist, haunting Hackney Wick for the past seven years.
In collaborating with as many Hackney Wickers as possible we are going to make the DIY – V&A Hackney Wick Takeback happen and have fun!
Hackney WickED are just assisting to round up artists and help out where we can – if you would like to help manage the event please let Rebecca know (cc'd).

Please reply to Rebecca with YES in the title - rebecca_feiner@hotmail.com - to let her know you would like to get involved so we can get an idea of numbers before meeting on 26th March to book our spaces in.

SAY YES! - Hackney Wick Take Back, Swan Wharf

DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback - Saturday 5th April 2014, noon till late, Swan Wharf

Who?
You, Hackney Wick artists, performers, musicians, etc...

What?
The DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback !

Why?
By popular grassroots demand, in response to the success of the Hackney Wick Takeover night at the V&A. No other community invited to the V&A has ever said thank you very much, and then gone on mass to bring that spirit back home and with our good times Hackney Wick trademark.

How long is on for?
For one special day only.

How do I get involved?
Come along with your ready to go idea. If you weren't selected for the V&A - nowʼs your chance to be part of the DIY Hackney Wick Takeback. As well as the 26 projects from the V&A night, we will try and accommodate as many artists as the space permits.

What shall I bring?
Leave your CV at home, but do bring your great idea, your enthusiasm, adaptability, spirit of collaboration and sense of humour.

Whatʼs the curation policy?
This is hardcore DIY remember, so we need savvy self organising artists, who will be ready to show up, set up, and source their own equipment for the day.

When & where do I come to get my space?
Wednesday 26th March - Swan Wharf, Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
TIME: 6.30pm prompt. If you can't make it send someone on your behalf. The spaces are approximately based on a car park space and away you go.

Lets talk money?
Simple - we abolished it. This is strictly a DIY artists response. Our own economy of creativity and collaboration to make something happen. What you see is being given for free, time, buildings, posters, advice, contacts, equipment, bartering & lending, so be nice to everyone, that costs nothing (and help out where you can!).

If I get a space, when is the DIY - V&A Hackney Wick Takeback scheduled for?
Saturday April 5th 2014

Times?
SET UP TIMES: Noon on Friday 4th April until 10am Saturday 5th April
EVENT TIMES: Noon on Saturday 5th April until late

Venue?
Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road, Fish Island, Hackney Wick E3 2NQ
We have the courtyard, ground floor, first floor and if we need it the second floor too.
Check out images of the venue here: http://swanwharfproject.co.uk

Why such short notice?
a) It coincides with the grand opening of the Olympic Park to increase footfall
b) to be as close as possible to the V&A Takeover date to capitalise on the creative juices unleashed by that event
c) this is when Swan Wharf is available to us

Who's in charge?
Rebecca Feiner, a local artist, haunting Hackney Wick for the past seven years.
In collaborating with as many Hackney Wickers as possible we are going to make the DIY – V&A Hackney Wick Takeback happen and have fun!
Hackney WickED are just assisting to round up artists and help out where we can – if you would like to help manage the event please let Rebecca know (cc'd).

Please reply to Rebecca with YES in the title - rebecca_feiner@hotmail.com - to let her know you would like to get involved so we can get an idea of numbers before meeting on 26th March to book our spaces in.

R-Urban at the V&A

R-Urban Wick Session at the V&A

V&A LATES

Join R-Urban Wick at V&A Lates. A celebration of Hackney Wick at the V&A Museum. For one night at the end of February only. R-Urban Wick will host a Wick Session on DIY Culture and the Wick Curiosity Shop will take the guise of a DIY Estate Agency celebrating the DIY culture of Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

Friday the 28th of February from 18.30 - 22.00 at the V&A

Visit the V&A facebook page for the event here

The Hackney Entrepeneur

Nice portrait of Tom Fletcher and a brief appearance of the Wick Session held at Vittoria Wharf on Affordable Workshpace.

Planning for Protest

R-URBAN WICK
PUBLIC WORKS & ISAAC MARRERO-GUILLAMON

Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) is located in east London, directly adjacent to the Olympic Park and separated from the surrounding neighbourhoods by a network of motorways and canals. It is, quite literally, an island. And it is so in a figurative sense as well; it was one the last industrial areas in the East End and until the late 2000s a semi-secret, unregulated and cheap location.

Artists and creatives started coming to the area in the late 1980s. They transformed many of the empty warehouses into self-built, collectively-run studios, and with them came a wide array of more or less unsanctioned uses, from live/work to informal markets, gra!iti or notorious raves.

The early 2000s showed the fragility of this ecology. During the economic boom, East London became a prime investment "opportunity" and the kind of generic new builds that have become synonymous with London made an appearance. Some industrial buildings were demolished, others converted into expensive lofts. Prices went up; new cafés opened.

And then, in 2005, the bid to host the Olympic Games was won. A huge plot of land that had until then existed in close psycho-geographical continuity with HWFI was compulsory purchased, emptied, fenced up, remediated, cleansed. The blue fence erected around the 16 km perimeter of the future Olympic site - later replaced by an 3,000 volt electric version - made clear that the mega-event was to be protected from its undisciplined neighbours. The physical extirpation of the Olympic park from its surroundings was later complemented by an exceptional set of measures destined to further isolate it, from the military policing of the fence and dispersal zone orders to image-making restrictions and tax exemptions.

However, the concentration of most interest and resources around the Olympic project, together with an economy in ta"ers following the 2008 crisis, produced a respite for HWFI. This is the context in which R-Urban Wick has developed: an area under temporary relief, enjoying a "delay", existing in an interim condition.

Now that the Games are long gone and the respite almost certainly over, the question is whether the Olympic site will expand into HWFI or the other way around; whether exceptionality and order will take over, or rather the informal, collective, DIY city-making practices that have shaped the area will prevail.

HWFI has not been a site of protest in any traditional sense. Unrest has been subdued, if at all. And yet, we argue that the bo"om-up city-making practices that have shaped the area o!er an important experience of vernacular progressive architecture. These actions occupied an interstice, a terrain of urban vagueness which o!ered the possibility of experimenting with and prototyping a city made from below. R-Urban has been inspired by these practices, and hopes to contribute to their continuing capacity to a!ect the area. Within RUrban, architecture is a tool amongst others for creating networks of commoning practices, i.e. an infrastructure for producing and capturing the commons, a time and a space for sharing communities and o!-market exchanges.

We have proposed exerting two displacements in approaching the relationship between planning and protest:

- From urban planning to minor urbanism: actions that operate tactically, in the interstices of planning. -

- From the politics of protest to the micro-politics of the commons: practices that stand for creating commons through reciprocity and solidarity.

RESPITE
Somewhat surprisingly, Olympic-related development did not trigger an immediate surge in construction in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. Combined with the economic crisis which hit the city soon afterwards, a very unlikely respite took place instead. This produced a vital parenthesis for the area. In spite of the increasing pressure that private landowners were putting on tenants, the Wick's informal condition continued to prosper under the shadow of the Olympic spotlight.

(PLANNING)
From urban planning to minor urbanism. The actions and projects here gathered do not operate at the level of planning. Rather, they are embedded in tactical networks of bottom-up practices which operate in the interstices of planning. They are temporal and mobile; they roam and adapt. They are also relational: they involve more than plans and propositions; they summon objects, events, publics and knowledges in the pursuit of an alternative, collectively-made city.

(PROTEST)
From the politics of protest to the micro-politics of the commons. R-Urban does not attempt to foster protest in the sense of "standing against" something; it rather aspires to contribute to ways of "standing for things together". It is about creating spatial commons which feed into, and are fed by, other social, cultural and environmental commons. Re-appropriations, self-management, knowledge exchanges, sharing and caring are some of the methods deployed.

COMMONING
R-Urban exists within a glocal network of bottom-up city-making initiatives. It draws from its parent project in the City of Colombes, near Paris, led by aaa (1). It is closely linked to Richard Brown's Affordable Wick campaign (2). It shares key values with Assemble's Yardhouse project in Stratford (3). It could be seen as part of a local movement for collective self-management, which also informs the people's plan for Carperters Estate, also in Stratford (4), or neighbours-led planning in nearby Clapton (5).

The practices included here show us how so-called scarcity can be a source of abundance. In times of imposed austerity and generalised precarity, it is not banal in the slightest to consider the politics of these actions. The respect and understanding of the environment, the rejection of corporate strategies, the production of unsanctioned knowledge, practical wisdom and ingenious tactics, the will to share and learn from each other, they all speak about activating relations of solidarity and reciprocity. R-Urban Wick shows how an expanded understanding of architecture can contribute to creating what aaa call "networks of commoning practices, i.e. an infrastructure for producing and capturing the commons, a time and a space for sharing communities and off-market exchanges."

What follows is a glimpse of the constellation of subjects, objects, knowledges and practices which are effectively re-making Hackney Wick and Fish Island from below, collaboratively, openly. The four legs of R-Urban Wick and the methodologies they use are an extension of the local dynamics the project has identified and aims to support. They represent four ways of doing, four distinct ways of intervening in the city fabric and developing an economy of the commons.

(1) http://r-urban.net/ (2) http://affordablewick.com/ (3) http://assemblestudio.co.uk/ (4) http://savecarpenters.wordpress.com/ (5) http://www.chatsworthroade5.co.uk/

MAKING
The Wick on Wheels (WOW) is a roaming production and recycling unit. It is an open resource which engages with local communities in order to reuse, recycle, repair and re-make. It facilitates direct, collective on site production using existing local materials, resources and skills. WOW has been used to organise experiments with Comfrey plants, in 'suplus food harvesting', and in workshops which are part of the process of building an anaerobic digester.

DIALOGUING
The Wick Sessions are a series of talks, walks and workshops dedicated to Hackney Wick and its surrounding area. They are designed to provide a public forum for debating and creating a shared body of knowledge around issues of bottom-up and sustainable developments. The politics of self-building; the legal side of communityled development; or strategies for interim use are some of the topics that have been addressed. Sessions take place in varying locations, hosted by supporting organisations, and frequently co-organised with collaborators.

EXPERIMENTING
Experiments in Household Knowledge are a series of collaborations with East London ecological and environmental innovators. They gather and showcase unusual and inventive ways of making and experimenting, from gardening techniques to alternative forms of energy production. These are often unique and self-taught skills that operate outside of sanctioned knowledge. They include making cladding material out of burnt timber, building a self-regulated plant growing system using discarded bathtubs, or extracting human-friendly juice of market waste.

COLLECTING
The Wick Curiosity Shop is an alternative archive which exists on-line and as a series of pop-up events. The Shop documents the area's 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. The Shop highlights the area's industrial and working-class history, and provides the elements to connect it with present-day circumstances.

To see the full publication and purchase a copy visit: www.planningforprotest.org

To download this contribution as a pdf click here.

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