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Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks

Date uploaded: February 17, 2016

'Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks' is a long-term art project by Myvillages, linking the history of up to 250,000 east Londoners going hop picking in nearby Kent to the set up of a new community drinks enterprise. The publication will be launched at an event and talk at the ICA Studio on Friday the 26th of February 2016 from 1 to 4pm as part of the ICA Culture Now series.

Mapping the different meanings of the term 'company', the new publication traces the pickers' movements and shifts in land use in
east London, describes the roles of deals which shape the enterprise, features drinks that result from this new cycles of collective production and reflects in the project’s status as art.

Featuring additional writing by historian Gilda O’Neill, artist and architect Céline Condorelli, architects atelier d’architecture autogerée, economist David Boyle, curator Marijke Steedman and journalist Seb Emina, the publication opens a window onto the different aspects and aspirations of the project, from the logistics of making and trading drinks, to cultural and political motivations and practicing new economical cultures.

The book uses the full range of the visual imagery gathered and produced by the project so far, including family photos from former
hop pickers, archive photos from the local museum, snapshots on the move, commissioned documentation, product shoots, design work and concept sketches.

Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks is edited by Kathrin Böhm (Myvillages) and Miranda Pope, designed by Mind Design and published by Jap Sam Books as part of an ongoing Myvillages publication series.