To celebrate the launch of Continuous City: Mapping Arab London artist and writer Sophia Al Maria has produced a new sound work for Edgware Road. Bright Echo presents the listener with a sonic landscape composed of the internal monologues and secrets of the street.

Audiences can download the work from shubbak.co.uk andserpentinegalleries.org from 18 July.

Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, British Council and Shubbak.

A collaboration between Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and the Edgware Road Project at the Serpentine Galleries, Continuous City: Mapping Arab London is a publication that attempts to map London through its historical and contemporary Arab communities.Continuous City features work by Sophia Al Maria, Oraib Toukan,Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Inas Halabi, Maan Abu Taleb, Michael Vazquez and Sheyma BuAli among others. The publication is edited by Amal Khalaf and Deena Chalabi.

18 July, 2015
Nutford Place, Edgware Road, London

A Stage for Any Revolution is an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov.

The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road will be used by the public in many different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, or for sitting together to share discussions, or for making declarations or speeches, convening groups of people, and hosting events.

Alia Farid will take up residence on the Edgware Road, and over the course of the Shubbak festival the ‘stage’ will come to life with a series of performances, reading groups and a launch of a new publicationContinuous City: Mapping Arab London.

Launching at 3.30pm on 11th July, A Stage for Any Revolution is the result of Alia Farid’s six months of research as part of the residency programme From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods in London and Doha. Alia Farid undertook this residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project in Summer 2013 and at Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha in Spring 2014.  The artists involved investigated the possibilities for public life by generating interest in shared spaces, values, and responsibilities over the development of these neighbourhoods that shape our cities.

Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, British Council and Shubbak

11 July – 26 July, 2015
Nutford Place, Edgware Road, London
A full schedule will be made available in the first week of July.
We Are Implicated, So Are You...

We Are Implicated, So Are You…

WE ARE IMPLICATED, SO ARE YOU…

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7pm

The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

This participatory performance emerges from a series of workshops using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Created from thoughts and experiences of its players, its themes of invisibility, discrimination and injustice, achievement, change and aspiration are shared as elements of the experience of going to live in a new city. We are left to ask how we can collectively listen to lives unseen and resist power unchecked.

Implicated Theatre have worked since October 2011 including collaborations with the Migrants Resource Centre, UNITE’s Hotel Workers union and Justice for Domestic Workers with 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. This performance will also feature a set designed by artist Karem Ibrahim and films created with the players through a series of workshops at no.w.here.

Tickets: Full price £5; Concessions £4 – Available to Purchase here.

RSVP on facebook.

Tyburnia 4

James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia revisits the site of Tyburn Tree, a place of execution for over 700 years at the junction of Edgware Road and Oxford Street. Here political, religious and judicial transgressions were punished with hanging, burning and gibbeting for public entertainment and instruction.

The film explores parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to business and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the use of the body as a site for political control. Shooting on 8mm and 16mm film, James Holcombe gained access to numerous artefacts associated with the Tyburn; reliquaries housing the remains of Catholic martyrs, body parts preserved by surgeons, the bell that tolled on the eve of executions, and the eventual resting place of the gallows themselves. Using hand processing and archaic chemical techniques the scenes forming Tyburnia bring forth a film that is both visually and thematically engrossing, demonstrating that despite the gallows having long since vanished, we still stand in the shadow of its punitive ideology.

James Holcombe began researching Tyburn Gallows during a three month residency with the Edgware Road Project in 2009 as part of the no.w.here’s Free Cinema School.

The film will premiere in London at the Carpenters Arms Pub. There is a popular belief that the wood from the gallows was taken to build the rests for beer barrels in the cellar when public executions ceased at Tyburn in 1783.

The screening will feature a live soundtrack developed and performed by Dead Rat Orchestra. It features songs that were composed by or for those condemned to ‘dance the Tyburn jig’, bringing a new understanding to the broadside ballads that have become a staple of folk music, but here presented in close association to their original context.

As part of this screening, Dr Una McIlvenna will also be singing a selection of execution ballads from early modern Europe, and will talk about her research on this song form in conversation with James Holcombe and Dead Rat Orchestra.

Between May and July 2015 The Tyburnia Tour will visit market and county towns around the UK where assizes, gallows, and gibbets were a feature of everyday life. To explore this rich and melancholy history, Tyburnia will be screened and performed as close to the location of various regional gallows as possible. For more up to date information on tour dates please visit the Dead Rat Orchestra website.

James Holcombe’s practice merges a deep engagement with re-discovered historical, material and social processes of photochemical film production through single screen and expanded performance works.

Dead Rat Orchestra is formed by Daniel Merrill, Nathaniel Mann and Robin Alderton. http://deadratorchestra.co.uk/home/4568359502

For more information on the Tyburnia tour please see: http://deadratorchestra.co.uk/the-tyburnia-tour/4587507939

Join resident artists Sam Curtis and Chris Jones on a public walk around Church Street:

The past is easier than the future…who has time to think about the future?

COME WALK TOGETHER: seeing what we see, saying what we say

Please come and join us on a walk around the Church St area on Saturday 16th May at 2pm. This is an invitation to see and say what we can see locally. It’s history, our history and it’s ever-changing, good and bad!

COME WALK WITH US

See you there, Sam and Chris

SATURDAY 16th MAY. Meet at 2pm outside Alfies, 13-25 Church St, London NW8.

Walk is structured and guided by all who come.

The twin sisters are about to swap houses-Mohamad Hafeda

The twin sisters are about to swap houses-Mohamad Hafeda

Marking borders – crossing borders: negotiating public space at different levels of conflict

Mohamad Hafeda will discuss the capacity of art and design strategies to negotiate the politics of public space, at varying levels of conflict. He will present two bodies of work; the ‘Social playground’– a project series that focuses on play as a potential catalyst for instigating social public interaction – conducted through his practice Febrik in Palestinian refuge camps in Lebanon and Jordan, and in Sceaux Gardens estate in south London; and ‘Bordering Practices’ – his recent PhD art project series that explores narration and negotiation as forms of documenting and transforming political borders since their resurfacing in Beirut in 2005. The artist will reflect on the use of art processes as urban research tools in site-specific projects which in turn explore different participatory approaches and types of interventions, moving between the site where the research is taking place and the ‘off site’ gallery space.

Febrik are currently in residence on the Edgware Road working with students from Westminster Academy.

Biography
Mohamad Hafeda is an artist and a designer whose current research investigates the negotiation of spaces of political-sectarian conflict and the interplay between material and immaterial borders in contemporary Beirut. He is a founding partner with architect Reem Charif of Febrik, a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research active in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East and marginal contexts in London. He recently completed a PhD degree in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the co-editor of “ Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines” (Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2011), and Febrik’s new publication “Creative Refuge” (Tadween, 2014). Febrik exhibited at South London Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Mosaic Rooms, and Architecture Biennal Rotterdam.

About Febrik
Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers and artists active in the Middle East and the UK. Febrik is a partnership set up by Joumana al Jabri, Reem Charif and Mohamad Hafeda in collaboration with local partners and creative networks. Please see: http://febrik.org/

Mohamad Tantouri-Dream space-Febrik

Our Story – A Tale of Two Cities is a graphic novel by Barbara Pokryszka an artist and hotel worker. Set in a hotel, the story is about low pay, workplace bullying and hope through solidarity and organisation. Working closely with Barbara Pokryszka, scenes from the story are dramatised by Implicated Theatre and performed and developed by hospitality workers from the Unite Hotel Workers Branch.

Implicated Theatre have been working with members of UNITE’s Hotel Workers branch since October 2014.

Please contact Projects Curator, Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org if you would like to attend this performance workshop.

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 by 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. 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.Dignity poster

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Saturday 8 November, 3pm
Serpentine Gallery, Education Space

Designer and artist Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad hosts a talk at the Serpentine Galleries Education Space. Hashemi-Nezhad has developed a number of projects focusing on the spatial politics of Church Street NW8, devising new methodologies of participation and collaborative research with local residents, school groups, sheltered housing scheme residents and interventions into public space. He has worked with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project since autumn 2010.

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (b. 1979) is a designer based in London. His varied works cover the design of domestic and public spaces, recipes, games, interventions, product and image-production. He is interested in developing methodologies that actively engage the public within design processes and notions of defamiliarisation as a design tool. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008 and regularly teaches at Central St. Martins and Kingston University in London.

Selected exhibitions and commissions include: Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Gallery; Mapusa Market, British Council, AHRC (both 2014); Open School East, Barbican (2013-14), Futurist Library, Liverpool Biennial, Survival Kit, LCCA, RIGA, Telling Not Reading, muf architecture/art (all 2013); The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON and Communal Knowledge, The Showroom (both 2012).

(C) HYDAR DEWACHI

(C) HYDAR DEWACHI

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

 

 

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