(C) HYDAR DEWACHI

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Join Implicated Theatre in an immersive theatre event based on experiences of migratory hope, fear, despair and anticipation. In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola asked “What country, Friends, is this?” Travelling for refuge, change, and establishing new lives was as much a part of the world then as it is today.

This performance emerges from a series of workshops using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Deciding to leave your homeland implies a moment of hope in the future, as well, perhaps, as a time of desperation, fear and retreat. Invisibility, discrimination and injustice, achievement, change and aspiration, are all elements of the experience of going to live in a new place. Implicated Theatre have worked in collaboration with the Migrants Resource Centre and Justice for Domestic Workers.

Implicated Theatre has been working since October 2011 in a series of workshops and performances forming part of their residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project. Instigated through a collaboration with artists from no.w.here and theatre director Frances Rifkin, the experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. Forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions, Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice.

Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone St, NW8 8SR

The event is free but please email: amalk@serpentinegalleries.org to book a place

Please note: the event will be filmed

Photos by Hydar Dewachi

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Mapping Church Street

Wednesday 18 June, 12 –4pm

Pitch 505, Church Street Market

Free, no booking required

  Join students and researchers from the London College of Communications as they present projects developed as part of their residency with the Edgware Road Project.  Led by artists Jackson Lam, Sophie Demay, Timothy Metcalf and Sarah Temple the projects were developed as part of a module on the BA Graphic & Media Design where students spent six weeks working closely with market stall holders, drop-in centres and residents of Church Street.

For more information contact Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

 

 

Sunday 15 June – Old Palace Yard, Westminster, 2-5pm

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Implicated Theatre work with members of Justice 4 Domestic Workers to create a theatre intervention about the injustices that migrant domestic workers face and their struggle against recent visa legislation. Highlighting issues faced by some of the most vulnerable workers in society, the intervention is part of a rally for migrant domestic workers that will take place in front of the Houses of Parliament.

  Implicated Theatre has been working together since October 2011 in a series of intensive theatre workshops, performances and research at the Serpentine Galleries’ Centre for Possible Studies. Instigated through a collaboration with artists from no.w.here and working with theatre director Frances Rifkin, the experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. With close relationships with the Migrants Resource Centre and other migrants rights groups and unions such as the Latin American Workers Association and Justice 4 Domestic Workers, Implicated Theatre, create theatrical interventions that address key issues that migrants in London face.

  Justice for Domestic Workers (J4DW) was established in 2009 and is supported by Unite the Union. It is an organisation of migrant domestic workers who work in private houses in the UK, and is active in campaigning to restore and improve the rights for domestic workers and for making domestic work visible in society. J4DW are the only organisation that is run for and by domestic workers and believe that in order to secure their rights they must educate and mobilise themselves and build links with those who can support us.Marissa Begonia, coordinator of Justice for Domestic Workers was involved in the ILO C189, ‘Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ negotiations at the invitation of TUC, Unite the Union and other campaigns involving J4DW.

 

For more information please contact Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

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Market Radio is a live event taking place at Church Street Market as part of the Edgware Road Project. Join us at the Market Radio stall as we launch a radio play, an album and a DVD, all developed by local residents and artists over the past year in response to Church Street’s regeneration programme. 

Market Radio marks the outcome of three projects giving older and younger residents the opportunity to share their thoughts and reactions to the area’s regeneration, particularly the aspects of the local culture that they would like to preserve and those that they would like to develop. Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad worked with residents of Glarus Court Sheltered Housing to compile an album; Polly Brannan developed the Mobile Variety Club with older residents and created a DVD; and Anton Kats worked on Radio Sonar with Serpentine’s Youth Forum, a group of 15-16 year olds from Westminster Academy, to write a radio play.

More about the projects:
 
The Serpentine’s Youth Forum, a group of 15-16 year olds from Westminster Academy also known as Radio Sonar, have been working with artist Anton Kats. Using listening as a tool, the project has focused on Church Street as a location for discussing issues affecting many inner city neighbourhoods, such as regeneration, unemployment, immigration and generational polarisation.
 
The outcome of the project is a radio play written and recorded by the group. Set in the future on a fictional street inspired by Church Street, the content of the play draws directly on the opinions and thoughts of local residents and businesses as gathered through interviews conducted by the group on Church Street.
 
On Friday 4th April, the group will be running a stall on Church Street Market to broadcast their radio play and invite the public to contribute to an Alphabet of Listening; an archive of opinions, thoughts and ideas about Church Street and its future.
  
The Mobile Variety Club developed by artist Polly Brannan, is a mobile social club operating in and around the Church Street neighbourhood. It hosts and creates a programme of cultural and entertainment events programmed and designed in collaboration with older residents. The programme consists of quizzes, performances, film screenings, talks, sing-alongs and creative workshops. After a year of activities in the area, an interactive DVD about the history of entertainment and the market on Church Street will be launched at Market Radio. The DVD can be used by local groups and residents for screenings at community events, meetings and festivals. 
 
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad will be launching a CD of music compiled by residents of Glarus Court, a Sheltered Housing block in the Church Street area. Not all the residents of Glarus Court are able to walk around the neighbourhood to meet their neighbours. However, this album will enable a form of meeting through listening: it will be played at the Market Radio stall and distributed among residents of other Sheltered Housing blocks in the area.

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The Centre for Possible Studies is once again on the road as artists CAMP present Pleasure: A Block Study at Art Dubai on the 20th March.  This publication comes out of their multi-year residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project.

Produced entirely online via the website edgwareroad.org, this volume focuses on a very small piece of the city of London: a few buildings on the Edgware Road. The book explores a history of ‘public pleasures’ that arose on the Road, starting from the 19th century to the present, alongside social shifts on the street and surrounding areas. Arab, Iranian, Kurdish and other incoming groups and businesses produced a particular history of film, music and street life that often clashed with existing legal and proprietal structures. A tumultuous few decades of these struggles form the heart of this book. 

A bilingual publication in Arabic and English, Pleasure: A Block Study is printed by Brownbook, UAE.

 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and Serpentine Galleries’ Centre for Possible Studies collaborate on an exchange of artist residencies between London and Doha.

“From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods” is an international artist residency project co-produced by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Serpentine Galleries’ Centre for Possible Studies with support from Qatar-UK 2013 Year of Culture and the British Council.

 

The programme builds on five years of the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project and “From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods”   marks Mathaf’s first residency programme, generating knowledge through developing projects related to Doha’s rapidly expanding urban environment.

 

Four artists and collectives, as well as the Centre for Possible Studies, will take place in the exchange, each crafting projects that move between the two cities and addressing issues such as urban education and development. Artists include Khalifa Al Obaidly, Alia Farid, Malak Helmy, and Ultra-red.

 

The residencies not only connect the Edgware Road neighbourhood to the various extended neighbourhoods in the Gulf to which it is historically connected, but also aim to reflect and act upon the needs of our constantly shifting cities. The artists involved investigate the possibilities for public life by generating interest in shared spaces, values, and responsibilities over the development of these neighborhoods that shape our cities.

 

The project is co-curated by Janna Graham (Project Curator, Serpentine Gallery), Amal Khalaf (Interim Projects Curator, Serpentine Gallery) and Michelle Dezember (Deputy Director for Programming and Special Projects, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art).

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Still from The Path to Cairo (2012)

Edgware Road Project artist-in-residence Wael Shawky will have his first solo exhibition in London at the Serpentine Gallery, opening tomorrow night.  The exhibition will feature the worldwide premiere of the artist’s latest film Al Araba Al Madfuna II (2013) which re-tells Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mustagab’s parables, Horsemen Adore Perfume and The Offering.   Also featuring in the exhibition are the first two films Shawky’s Cabaret Crusades trilogy, The Horror Show File (2010) and The Path to Cairo (2012) based on Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades through Arab Eyes.

 

ImagePleasure: A Block Study

a presentation by CAMP

6.30pm

Wednesday 6 November

Serpentine Sackler Centre for Education
Serpentine Gallery (main gallery), Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Bombay-based artists CAMP present Pleasure: A Block Study a publication that comes out of their multi-year residency with the Edgware Road Project. Produced entirely online, via the website edgwareroad.org, both the website and research towards this volume were initiated by the artists, focussing on a very small piece of the city: a few buildings on the Edgware Road in London.

This publication explores a history of ‘public pleasures’ that arose in the Edgware Road neighbourhood, starting from the 19th Century to the present, documenting social shifts on the street and the surrounding areas.  Arab, Iranian, Irish, Kurdish and other businesses and groups produced a particular history of film, video, music and street life that often clashed with existing legal and proprietary structures. A tumultuous few decades of these struggles form the heart of this book, offering on the one hand, images and narratives of a pleasure filled Dionysian street-life, and on the other tales of bureaucratic containment that limit and regulate various emergences of public life.

A bilingual publication in Arabic and English, Pleasure: A Block Study  is published in partnership with Brownbook Publishing and will be available for purchase later this year.    

About CAMP
CAMP is a Bombay-based organisation of artists, filmmakers and programmers founded in 2007 by Shaina Anand, Sanjay Bhangar and Ashok Sukumaran. CAMP’s projects test the ground between art and the public, often working with “infrastructures” such as the internet, transportation and trade systems, CCTV, radio, electricity, water and video. From their home base CAMP are co-initiators of the online footage archive http://pad.ma and the new film archive http://indiancine.ma

About edgwareroad.org
Edgwareroad.org is a place to store, sort, assemble and print documents and images from the Edgware Road project. Code for this project has been developed at CAMP, is available under the GNU GPL v 3 Free Software License and can be downloaded and browsed at http://code.camputer.org/edgware.  This would not be possible without the other free software projects it uses in fundamental ways. Specifically, we would like to thank all contributors to The Django Project, jQuery, and the awesome wkhtmltopdf library. The number of other free software projects used in the running and building of this website is too long to list in entirety.

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A reading and artists talk by the Edgware Road Project’s artist-in-residence Malak Helmy at The Cockpit theatre

Taking place at the Cockpit Theatre near Church Street, Malak Helmy will read on measuring, duration and calibrating psychological geographies to places, events that fall in and out of significance through her recent work, Music for Drifting, commissioned by the 9th Mercusol Bienal.

In Music for Drifting, Malak Helmy uses the medium of messenger bird to measure the experience of duration in moments of chang¬ing time. Over a few days in August 2013 the artist and the messenger bird travelled be¬tween locations in the (Western) desert and the (Mediterranean) sea to collect rhythms from places that historically held events that changed the experience of time, but which have, as locations, been forgotten and dis¬carded from memory. At the final location, on the morning of August 14, the messenger bird was scheduled to fly from this geography back to the center (Cairo) to a musician’s studio, carrying with it the recordings collected, and a recording of the duration of its own flight. However, political events in Cairo on that morning would change conditions nation wide, halt the possibility of movement, ground the bird and stop the possibility of flight back to the point to which it returns. A distance of what would have normally been a four-hour bird flight becomes one of waiting extending now over 624 hours.

Malak Helmy is an artist whose work explores relationships between constructions of language and constructions of place. Based in Cairo, her artworks explore the line between private and public, science and magic, and metaphor and switches in signification. She co-founded the collective Pericentre Project in October 2008 who initiated the project Kharita which explored relationships between urban development and artistic discourse in the city of Cairo and in 2012 she co-founded the project Emotional Architecture. Helmy received her MFA in Social Practice from the California College of Art in 2010 and her BA from the American University in Cairo.

Her residency is part of an exchange with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha entitled From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods.

The Cockpit
Gateforth Street
Marylebone
London NW8 8EH

T: 020 7258 2925

Book Launch, Art + Care: A Future

4pm, Sackler Centre for Art Education, Serpentine Gallery

 

Following six years of work on the project Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, we will be launching the publication Art + Care: A Future

 

Published by Serpentine Galleries and Koenig, Art+Care: A Future  includes written contributions from Sylvia Federici, Franco Berardi (Bifo), Yanki Lee, Sally Tallant and Janna Graham; a report from the Centre for Urban and Community Research; and details collaborations between artists, designers and community groups including Abake, Markus Miessen and Westmead Care Home; Barby Asante, Christina Garirda Sanchez and InSpire Southwalk; Marcus Coates, Alex H and St. John’s Hopsice; Tom Hunter, Woodberry Down Estate Tea and Coffee Group and Age UK and Beatrice Gibson, George Clark and Camden Homes for Older People.

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