Archives for the month of: May, 2015

Bright Echo/Acts of Memory – Tyburnia
Sophia Al-Maria
18 July, 3.30pm
Nutford Place W2 2DZ


Bright Echo presents the listener with a sonic landscape composed of the internal monologues and secrets of the street.

You can download it from here or on from 18 July 2015.

To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria has responded to Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution by organising Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Acts of Memory – Tyburnia will be performed at 3.30pm at Nutford Place.

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. The publication will be available for download on iTunes in 2016.

Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester’s Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it.

Bright Echo is commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, the British Council and Shubbak.

For more information, or to take part in the performance please contact Projects Curator Amal Khalaf on

Launching Saturday 11 July, 3.30pm
Nutford Place, W2 2DZ


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 different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, for sitting together to share discussions, for making declarations or speeches, for 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 from 11-20 July, with a series of performances, reading groups, the production of a publication with Dani Lloveras and the launch of Bright Echo, a sound commission by Sophia Al-Maria.

On 11 July, Alia Farid will launch the stage with a performance of Zoe Leonard’s I want a President… in Arabic and English. This collective reading is part of an ongoing project initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard. On July 18, Sophia Al-Maria organises Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A Stage for Any Revolution will be running from 3 – 7pm on the following dates with performances at the indicated times below:

Saturday 11 July – 3.30pm a collective reading of Zoe Leonard’s I want a president… in English and Arabic

Sunday 12 July – 4pm a performance by dancer Kiani del Valle; 6pm … not a luxury a performance-reading by diásporas críticas

Monday 13 July – Closed

Tuesday 14 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Wednesday 15 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Thursday 16 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Friday 17 July – Open stage, Alia Farid and Dani Lloveras

Saturday 18 July – 3.30pm Acts of Memory – Tyburnia performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory, a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Organised by Sophia Al-Maria. To coincide with the launch of sound commission Bright Echo by Sophia Al-Maria, available on the Serpentine Galleries and Shubbak website.

Sunday 19 July – 4pm performance workshop by Implicated Theatre

Monday 20 July – 6pm a series of performances by Colette Dalal Tchantcho and Balquis Duval

A Stage for Any Revolution is the result of six months’ research as part of the residency programme From Neighbourhood to Neighbourhoods. 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 resident artists 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.

Alia Farid (b.1985) is a Kuwaiti-Puerto Rican visual artist who works at the intersections of art and architecture on the activation of spaces for critical thinking and action. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (Viejo San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Master in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Catalonia). She has completed residencies at Beta Local (San Juan), Casa Árabe (Córdoba), the Serpentine Galleries (London), and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha). Her most ambitious project to date has been curating the Pavilion of Kuwait at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, which –despite its appearance at la Biennale di Venezia– placed emphasis on what participating could induce locally in an environment driven by ideologies incongruent with critical and aesthetic thought.

Commissioned by Serpentine Galleries, Shubbak and the British Council.

For more information, to take part, or to propose an action for A Stage for Any Revolution please contact Projects Curator Amal Khalaf on

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

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

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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’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.

For more information on the Tyburnia tour please see:

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!


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.