A film of the beginning of a project deconstructing demolition and working with the processes, materials, sites and people on the ground implementing urban change. As unofficial artist in residence on an East London demolition site this was the start of a longer-term project that has led to the Urban Alchemy project and book to be launched this June 24th 2015.
The work began during an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where I was working on a project using pop up book forms to explore urban change whilst making myself unofficial artist in residence on an East London demolition site. The beginnings were supported by a small ESPRC grant from the UCL Institute of Making alongside working with Professor Julian Evans of UCL Chemistry to secure my Leverhulme artists residency there (Oct 14 – July 15) and a UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities small grant in collaboration with UCL Anthropology. Thanks to Valli Van Zijl and Maylarch demolition for site access in East London where this project had its origins. Thank you now to UCL Estates and all contractors (Wilson James, Peak, Scudder, Gilbert Ash) and all individuals who have helped this project move on in exciting directions.