Productions is performing "Chodzenie - Siberia" on a truck
revamped in close collaboration with the theatre team by Torange
from public works. Dates are 30.06. - 02.07. on the High Street in
Watford. The performance was first developed for the Polish
festival in Southend in 2009 and refers to the large number of
Polish refugees who came to Iran from Siberian workcamps. Between
1942 and 1945, Iran played host to almost 150,000 men, women and
children of the "Polish Exodus from Russia". The majority of the
children ended up in Isfahan.
We've just got a laser cutter for the studio - mainly to produce
bespoke items for the FEAST
one-off dinner. It's exiting to have tools for DIY manufacturing
around, like the hand
press we assembled for making seed bombs. High on the wish list
is a 3D printer and Kathrin is currenlty seaking a canning machine.
And scissors and glue for good old cut-and-paste won't fall out of
favour - promised.
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.