Since May 2011 we have been researching, together with Khalid
Mezaina and Karima al Shomely, how shopping centres - from Arab
souks to British street markets, from Dubai Mall to Westfield
London Shopping Centre - serve as alternative communal spaces and
critical points of exchange.
It's part of a new project called Feast and we've been engaging
with shoppers and shopkeepers to collect personal narratives and to
document micro-communities and invisible 'networks' that exist in
the mall. These narratives will be re-imagined as short animations
or illustrations and used as the conceptual design for a series of
unusual, yet practical 'products'.
Like the narratives that inspired them, each of these
newly-designed products will complement each other; and together,
set the stage for a communal feast: a table, chairs, cutlery, food.
The resultant exhibition will feature an installation of the
innovative products, video documentation of the feast with
Shopopolis' participants, and short animations of the stories that
inspired the products in The Village's main display window at
Feast is part of Shopopolis, an initiative by the Delfina Foundation that
explores the notion of shopping centres as social spaces through
reciprocal residencies and workshops in the UAE and the UK.
Shopopolis is produced by the Delfina Foundation's
artist-in-residence programme for Shubbak: A window on Arab
Culture, with the support of the Emirates Foundation, Westfield
London, British Council, and Tashkeel.
public works' works appear in a few recently published books and
Check out the July issue of Blueprint for a feature
of the Whitechapel Gift Shop, with
plenty of photos and an insight into the way we work.
The South London Gallery has just launched
The Cat Came as a Tomato, which includes an essay by us on the
idea of slowly growing extensions.
The TRANS LOCAL
ACT book is still circulating the european Rhyzom network of all partners
involved in this collaborative research project.
Ein-Zu-Mit Decken project for the Kunststation Triemli in Zürich
is documented in a small fold out brochure, and public works'
involvement in the International Village
Shop appears in "Raumpioniere im ländlichen Raum" (space
pioneers in the rural) book by Bauhaus Dessau.
Torange is publishing a number of fanzines for her West Bromwich
project " The Committee of lost Memories", and some to act as
manuals for the different craft groups who have moved into the
newly constructed Cultural
Centres in West Bengal, designed by public works.
Numerous slogans in poster format have been produced for the
Hackney Wick Curiosity Shop Spring Outing, and have later been
shown in an
exhibition on public art in Graz, organised by Rotor.
public works has contributed to the new
MAKING PLAY publication, referring to the "everyday extensions"
project from 2009, which was to map the different spatial
extensions the SLG outreach programme uses and creates on an
Projects that have recently started include
onsite production towards a collective dinner with employees from
the Westfield Shopping Centre.
The continuation and seasonal start of 30 Bird's "Betsy the
Bedford Truck" designed by public works which is prepared at the
Elstree Film Studios for Chodzenie-Siberia, 30 Bird's outdoor
performance piece at the Imagine Festival.
A three year long collaboration on collective sustainable urban
efforts, called Life+, with aaa as the main partner in Paris
and us in Hackney Wick.
The object as output is not our emphasis, but we output objects,
and here is a list of some of the things that are results from
recent collaborative times:
Garden Caravan Pot, developed with the Forever Young
Pensioner's group from Ballykinlar for the International Village
The DROP seed
bomb which is a result from a
product development workshop during Rhyzom at Abbey Gardens.
Cultural Centres built and programmed with local materials and
skills in three small villages in West Bengal, India. Our
involvement continues, with the aim to enable the centres to
communicate, strenghten, reproduce and develop local culture.
A number of objects have come out of collaboratiosn with local
groups on the Colchester
Inn project, such as a massive cake stand, a tool to adjust the
time zone, a clay ofen for baking cakes in public by Peter Jones,
and a Knick Knack Clowd for collecting and telling the stories of
personal - well - knick knack.
Launching a new product, the "Rose Garden" Caravan Pot, together
with The "Forever Young Pensioners" group, during the Village Fair
in Ballykinlar, on Saturday 28th May from 1 - 4 pm.
To see the pot in development click
For more information about the shop
Andreas has been invited by the "Lines of Flight" research group
at Sheffield University to lead a seminar on the "politics of
gesture". For more information click
12th May 2011, 13h00. Seminar Room 3, School of
Architecture, Crookesmoor Building, Sheffield.
public works got to know Peter Mutschler from PS2 in Belfast during the Rhyzom network, and Peter works a lot
with Anne Marie Dillon form the village of Ballykinler. From the
first meeting we had the idea to get involved in making a village
product in Ballykinlar, with Anne Marie and her great group of
Forever Young pensioners. Visits and
workshops followed, and we're proudly announcing the making of
a model, which will lead us to the Caravan Pot. In admiration of
the mobile community centre, that Anne Marie put down in the
village, using a redecorated caravan. Why? To get the community
space they wanted but couldn't get through administrative
The white glazed caravan pot will be decorated, tatooed and made
pretty by anyone from Ballykinler, and will be on offer during the
village fete on Saturday 28th May 2011.
This is also all part of the
International Village Shop and the wider Village Works programme for
public works was part of the Concrete Geometries Symposium at
the Architectural Association last December, an the paper from then
is now part of the Concrete Geometries exhibition, and has lent the
The Relational in Architecture
Front Members’ Room
7–27th May 2011
Friday 6 May 2011
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
Information 020 7887 4145
A corridor, so narrow that strangers brush shoulders; a platform
through a densely inhabited house, changing the relationship
between inhabitant and visitor; a room reshaped through a graphic
pattern; a space under a motorway, sloped in a way that it is
rendered useless for those who need it most.
These are four of twenty projects investigating how geometric
aspects of space such as size, shape or relative position of
figures are perceived and influence behavior, not in an abstract
sense but in ways that are real. This exhibition, curated by
Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer, features recent work of artists,
architects and researchers, who are exploring this subject through
projects and texts. It also contains a site specific intervention
by artist Fran Cottell reclaiming the Front Member's Room as a
space of debate for the duration of the exhibition.
The event is part of Concrete Geometries, an ongoing
interdisciplinary AA research initiative, investigating the social
and experiential value of architectural form – its relational
With works by BAR Architekten, Barkow Leibinger, Adrian Blackwell +
Jane Hutton, Brandlhuber + ERA Emde Schneider, Fran Cottell,
Anthony Coleman, Easton+Combs, Lukas Einsele, Bettina Gerhold,
Jaime Gili, Susanne Hofmann/Baupiloten, IwamotoScott, Graziela
Kunsch & Rafi Segal, Christine Rusche, Kai Schiemenz, SMAQ,
SPAN Architecture & Design, Atelier Tekuto, Studio Elmo Vermijs
and Vincent Wittenberg. Words by Matthias Ballestrem, Kathrin
Böhm/public works, Isabelle Doucet and Toni Kotnik,
The exhibition has been supported by CCW Graduate School, the
Embassy of the Netherlands and the Austrian Cultural Forum in
public works will presenting at Jim
Woddalls '24 Hour Olympic State'. We will be on from 10-1pm on
Friday morning on the 6th of May sharing a slot with Katherine
Clarke from muf. If you need a snack beforehand join the marathon
for a 9am breakfast.
24 HOUR OLYMPIC STATE
The Olympic Games, Urban renewal &
Surveillance: A marathon of presentations, film, sound, performance
The Olympics can arguably be described as a laboratory for the
neoliberal city utopia; after all, the Games represent the success
of a brand and an event based on a combination of massive urban
renewal, dodgy governance, hugely profitable advertising and
broadcasting contracts, the corporatisation and militarisation of
public space, and the criminalisation of dissent.
The Olympics depend, to a large scale, on their ability to operate
on a clean, consensual space: without history, without discontents,
without opposition. The Olympic Park is the fantasy of such space,
Jim Woodall's Olympic State installation, currently on show at See
Studio Exhibition Space, is one of its disruptions.
The Olympics Games is the strategic occupation of the social and
economic space of the city, but they allow, or even invite, for a
tactical response. The goal of this 24h marathon of activities,
echoing the 24hr surveillance of the site, is to bring together
artists, activists and researchers challenging the Olympic
We wish to amplify Jim Woodall's radical gesture by summoning an
assemblage of talks, films, interventions, performances and
concerts which are part of the myriad of militant productions
taking place in the city right now.
In particular, we are interested in exploring the dynamics of urban
renewal brought to East London by the Olympics and the issue of
surveillance and control of public space. This 24 hour event aims
at providing a generous and welcoming space for discussion. Join us
for an evening, a night, a morning or a day - or stay up for the
24 HOUR OLYMPIC STATE is curated by Isaac Marrero, Cristina Garrido
and Jim Woodall
You can download the press release here
Thursday 5th May 18:00 - Friday 6th May 17:59
SEE STUDIO EXHIBITION SPACE
13 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD,
020 8986 6477
Barbeque beautifully prepared and served by 'The Sit Down