A cabinet of work in progress on what is now the Urban Alchemy project exhibited at Cities Methodologies 2013. An intimate showcase of the materials and methods of working with salvaged demolition site materials to create images of these sites and stories of these materials for example a poetic story of zinc etched into reclaimed roofing zinc. The outcomes of this experimentation can now be seen in the Urban Alchemy book.
Cities Methodologies is an annual exhibition and programme of events showcasing innovative urban research methodologies. It promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and visitors to Cities Methodologies encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition – from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.
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 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.
See the results at the Urban Alchemy book launch in UCL Construction Welfare Building canteen, Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH 5-9pm Wednesday 24th June 2015. Book a place via eventbrite