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 Westfield London.
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 magazines.

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. 

The 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 everyday basis.


Projects that have recently started include

FEAST with 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:

The Rose Garden Caravan Pot, developed with the Forever Young Pensioner's group from Ballykinlar for the International Village Shop.

The DROP seed bomb which is a result from a product development workshop during Rhyzom at Abbey Gardens

Three 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 here.

For more information about the shop click here.


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 here.

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 means.

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 the village.


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 subtitle.

Concrete Geometries
The Relational in Architecture

Front Members’ Room
7–27th May 2011
Mon–Fri 10am–7pm
Sat 10am–3pm

Private view
Friday 6 May 2011
6.30–8.30pmArchitectural Association
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 potential.

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 London.



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.

The Olympic Games, Urban renewal & Surveillance: A marathon of presentations, film, sound, performance and discussion 

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 dream. 

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 whole marathon... 

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 

E9 5LX 
020 8986 6477 

Barbeque beautifully prepared and served by 'The Sit Down Affair'.