We're currently in the midst of our latest project - a new collaborative artwork created with community members of the Lansbury Estate, Poplar. We've been talking with traders and residents, and working with them to begin creating the new work. Together we've listened to the sounds of the estate and made audio recordings, sketched the iconic architectural features of the area, drunk lots of tea and eaten a fair number of biscuits.
A particular highlight so far has been our access to the clock tower, which provides amazing views of the area, and has stimulated great conversations about the current changing face of the Chrisp Street Market. We also had deep and stimulating discussions over the difficulties of urban regeneration with local market traders.
As ever, we're fully aware here of the complexities in creating a fully collaborative and site-responsive piece of art, one which aims to be representative of current issues, and act as a platform for further conversation. As independent artists, we are able to adopt a more neutral position than those with a particular standpoint on the subject of change, development and regeneration. In just a few days, we've heard a wide and varied set of opinions on the current plans for Chrisp Street Market.
We act independently, we are not funded by the developers, our practice is collaborative from start to finish, and the output of this process-based work aims to incorporate the variety of views we encounter. We hope the artwork can act as a framework for conflicting opinions to co-exist in parallel, and to begin to engage in dialogue.
Following this intensive project week, we're really looking forward to the panel discussion on the 29th April, for which we invite all those with an interest and opinion on this work to come along!