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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.

The Centre for Possible Studies is on the road

The past few months we have been busy working around the Edgware Road and Church Street neighbourhood. We will be launching some publications soon from our online publishing tool edgwareroad.org so keep posted.

This photo is taken by Anton Kats at Carlton Dene carehome where he is running a two week intensive workshop with residents and care workers.

Ehtifal Family Festival 
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

On Saturday 6 July 2013, the Serpentine Gallery and the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) presented the Ehtifal Family Festival, celebrating the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. This free, one-day family festival placed the Fischli/Weiss sculpture, Rock on Top of Another Rock, and the Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in a fantasy landscape linking Kensington Gardens to Qatar.

Below, three young visitors describe their experiences of the festival:

Guy

Saturday 6 July, 2pm

When I saw the sculptures they amazed me. We discovered the hat making stall. These were inspired by the UK and Qatar. The objects were made of everyday objects. My hat was made of silk. I made it to look like an important Arab person’s hat. I learnt some Arabic words. I learnt how to say, “Hello” – “Salaam aleykum” – and “I am Guy” – “Ismi Guy”. The printing area was neat. Kalu printed his name. This is a Brazilian name.

When I met Julia Peyton-Jones, she asked me: “How well do you think you’ve done on the blogging”. I answered: “I think I’ve done quite well.” I climbed the rock and I was very afraid because I thought the rock was going to fall on top of me. It was leaning over me. It made me feel very anxious. I went and saw the dog and tried to catch it. After that I wanted to do a whole new hat.

Guy Phillips, aged 7

JuliaSaturday 6 July, 3pm

We looked around and decided to start at the first workshop, which was the building workshop. Here, the children used everyday materials such as sticks, wine corks, glue and plastercine to create imaginative buildings, houses and key landmarks of Qatar and London. This activity was meant to bring the two cities together. At this workshop, a girl called Charlotte, who lived in Dubai, said: “I’m making a building, similar to the ones I’ve seen at home.”

Julia, the director of the Serpentine Gallery, told us what it was all about, and how this event brought these countries together: “This is an important festival, for the collaboration of the QMA with the Serpentine Gallery.” She explained that it was a family day and everyone of all ages was welcome to join in these free activities.

Kareem and Jackson who were artists were running the second workshop. They both had the same idea, of creating stamps with letters on them. Jackson designed the English alphabet and Kareem created the Arabic figures. All the names and places that are made by the children were shown in the hourly parade representing their interest in the growing link.

Another intriguing activity was the costume making. This was for children to explore their imagination through creating headdresses and collars that symbolized London and Qatar as one. These creations were a fun way for the children to explore their different ideas about futuristic and Arabic influenced clothing.

The most interesting aspect of the day had to be the story telling, which was led by a woman who spoke both Arabic and English. She was telling a traditional Arabic story, which was based on Cinderella. This was told in parts, hourly, while a live illustration was projected behind her. Presenting the story visually helped the children understand and keep them interested longer.

Shaikha, a Qatari producer, described the activities in London and Qatar as being incredibly similar. In both countries the activities are culturally centered. She is glad that they have been able to bring this remarkable festival to London.

Lulwa Qattan, aged 14
Rita Kastrati, aged 14

Ultra-red RE:ASSEMBLY

 An exhibition at multiple locations 18-21April 2013, Open 1-6pm daily

An Audio Guide will be available to download at www.re-assembly.org once the exhibition opens.

Site 1: The St Marylebone Church of England School
14 Blandford Street, W1U 4AZ

Site 2: St Marylebone Parish Church
17 Marylebone High Street, NW1 5 LT

Site 3: The St Marylebone Church of England School
64 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5BA

 

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Ultra-red
RE:ASSEMBLY: Songs for Edgware Road 2012
Five-channel video stills
© 2012 Ultra-red
Courtesy Bevis Bowen

 

The Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project presents RE:ASSEMBLY, an exhibition that provides a window onto a unique partnership between radical sound art collective Ultra-red and students and staff at The St Marylebone Church of England School. RE:ASSEMBLY demonstrates the important role that the arts play in schools.

Since 2009, Ultra-red have worked with students and teachers across many subject areas. Embedded into the curriculum, they have developed sound walks, audio recordings and listening sessions departing from the question, “What is the sound of citizenship?”.

Like most other schools in London, the St Marylebone student body is diverse. Many of the students are refugees, asylum seekers or new immigrants to the United Kingdom. Consequently, the legal issues surrounding state citizenship have a particular urgency within the school. This is not, however, the only form of citizenship students must negotiate. Schools are essential to the production of social citizenship, which involves preparing the young to participate actively and productively in civic and community life.

Responding to these issues, Ultra-red led students through a set of actions in the classroom and sound walks through the surrounding neighbourhood. They listened to the school, the city and each other. Listening situated groups in the present and brought the big questions of citizenship into the everyday activities of the school and the city. Together they reflected on how rules, regulations and social norms affect learning and visions of life beyond school.

Throughout the project Ultra-red invited other artists and activists into the school. During a Year 8 ‘Citizenship Day’ where the school might have invited in police officers, councillors or businessmen as guest speakers, Ultra-red invited trade unionists, housing activists and migrants’ rights organisers to be interviewed by the students. Working with 150 students in Geography and History, Ultra-red brought artists and activists to redevelop a special unit on migration, based on listening exercises in the neighbourhood and the school.

The works exhibited in RE: ASSEMBLY draw from the archive of student and teacher responses to a number of issues: the relationship between the school and the neighbourhood, the relationship between state and social citizenship, issues of private property as well as the contradictory demands society places on young people and their role in developing the future.

Providing a glimpse of four years’ work, RE:ASSEMBLY presents installations and performances at three locations.

This Orientation, a downloadable audio walk made by Ultra-red in collaboration with Year 11 students, departs from the school’s Blandford Street location and situates the students’ observations about their education in a broader historical context. Possible Conversations presents the school’s head teacher, arts faculty members, students and local activists on nearby rooftops listening to the city and making statements about its future, referencing the angels on the church’s cupola.

 

Mapping the Political Economy of Edgware Road includes composites images and texts created with Year 11 students in response to four areas of the school’s neighbourhood. In Hymnal, religious texts are replaced with the students’ analyses of citizenship in the local area and school and then embedded into the fabric of St Marylebone Parish Church. In the church’s crypt, Songs for Edgware Road presents five students interpreting songs from Hymnal through choreography developed with the late Gill Clarke and projected at life scale.

At the school’s Marylebone High Street location, Songs for Getting Through displays concrete plaques marked with the lyrics and song titles that help students survive exams and daily pressures in and out of school. In Lessons, the teachers’ own thoughts are inscribed into six framed textiles.

The exhibition is not the project’s end point. As members of Ultra-red state: ‘Our listening is an act of respect and caring, and it manifests a certain vision of what it might mean to see each other as citizens. While the works exhibited in RE:ASSEMBLY represent an outcome of our collaboration, they are starting points for the next phase of the investigation. They are not only a response to the question “What is the sound of citizenship?” but they are also an invitation to others to come together and explore the question within the context of this city. This is a process described by Paulo Freire, the Brazilian popular educator, as “people’s thinking about reality and people’s action upon reality.”’

OPENING EVENT

 

Wednesday 17 April

6pm – 7pm
Songs for Edgware Road: a choral performance
St Marylebone Parish Church
17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

7pm – 9pm
Reception
The St Marylebone Church of England School
(adjacent to the Church)
64 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5BA

RSVP by Monday 8 April
Duncan Welsh +44 (0)20 7298 1503
rsvp@serpentinegallery.org

EDUCATORS FORUM

Saturday 20 April

 

What is the sound of a critical arts education today?

University of Westminster, Front Room (MG14)

35 Marylebone RoadLondonNW1 5LS

2-5 pm

In a climate of economic austerity and cuts to the arts, what kind of arts education is possible? Join artists and educators for listening sessions and round-table discussions related to how art, design and architecture education might be reoriented towards critical spatial analysis and action.

Roundtables will be led by the Radical Education Forum; Another Roadmap for Arts Education; Department of Architecture, University of Westminster and students and teachers at The St Marylebone Church of England School.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. To book a place, please email information@serpentinegallery.org

The event is part of RE:ASSEMBLY, a multi-site exhibition by sound art collective Ultra-red in collaboration with students and teachers at The St Marylebone Church of England School from April 18-21 2013 developed through the Serpentine Gallery Edgware Road Project.

Ultra-red

Exploring acoustic space as enunciative of social relations, Ultra-red use sound-based research to directly engage political struggle. With ten members working in North America and Europe, Ultra-red pursue a dynamic exchange between art and political organising, from which they produce radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, essays and installations. Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, the collective has expanded to include artists, researchers and organisers from different social movements, including the struggles of migration, anti-racism, participatory community development and the politics of HIV/AIDS. Their recent explorations, undertaken as the School of Echoes, have shifted the group’s work from composing sound to composing listening, inviting groups to listen to and record what is already there and respond to the question, “What did you hear?”. Ultra-red’s residency on the Edgware Road Project was undertaken in collaboration with The St Marylebone Church of England School and Raven Row.

RE:ASSEMBLY is curated by

 Janna Graham, Projects Curator

jannag@serpentinegallery.org

Amal Khalaf, Projects Assistant Curator

amalk@serpentinegallery.org

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