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Wick Session No: 19 - Values of Temporary Use

Date uploaded: June 18, 2014

The Wick Sessions are a series of talks, seminars and walks dedicated to Hackney Wick and its surrounding area, bringing together a wide range of voices and expertise. The sessions organised by R-Urban provide a public forum for debate and exchange, with the aim of creating a shared body of local knowledge around issues of bottom up and sustainable developments. The next in the series of talks takes place on Friday the 20th June 2014at 7pm at Swan Whalf, Fish Island, London.

Wick Session No:19
Temporary uses of vacant spaces are an emerging part of London’s social and cultural landscape, at the intersection of competing imaginaries and material dynamics. This Wick Session brings together practitioners and urban researchers to explore the overlapping systems of values mobilised on the ground by projects of temporary use (e.g. alternative economies, voluntary labour), and their relationship to wider dynamics of urban transformation. Which value(s) are mobilised by temporary uses and who benefits from them?

The event is part of a research project supoorted by a Creative Works London in collaboration with Queen Mary University and contributes to the London Festival of Architecture. The sessions are free of charge and open to anyone who wants to take part.

Charlotte Bean, Dr. Mara Ferreri, Dr. Kim Trogal, Marie Murray and Brian Cumming.

Mara Ferreri is an urban researcher interested in the potential of temporary art/activist practices in spaces of contested urban transformation. After an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, in 2013 she was awarded a PhD in the School of Geography (Queen Mary) with the thesis Occupying Vacant Spaces: Precarious Politics of Temporary Urban Reuse. She's currently researching the values of temporary uses in Hackney Wick, in collaboration with the art/architecture practice public works.

Marie Murray and Brian Cumming have lived in Dalston for over 20 years, are active campaigners in the area, they are involved with the creation of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and now manage it as a social enterprise. The Garden was created in 2010, arising out of a Design for London initiative 'Making Space in Dalston' which brought together architects, landscape architects and Dalston residents and community and cultural organisations to identify ways of using derelict or underused spaces for the benefit of the community at a time of rapid change.

Dr. Kim Trogal is a visiting design fellow at the School of Architecture. She has a PhD in Architecture (2012) for which she was awarded the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship. She held a Post Doctoral Research position with Prof. Irena Bauman, contributing to a new, school-wide research platform Building Local Resilience. Prior to doctoral research, Kim has worked in architectural practice (2002-2007), taught design studio at SSoA (2007- current) and taught postgraduate design studio at London Metropolitan University, with Steve MacAdam and Pippa Gueterbock (2004-5). Her research explores the ethics of contemporary spatial practices from feminist perspectives.

Charlotte Bean is interested in curating spaces and situations that connect artists, makers, thinkers and feelers and have been doing so via the founding and programme delivery of ]performance s p a c e [ since early 2011. Her curatorial interests lay at the intersections of performance art with installation, video and textual practices and theoretical concerns of duration, endurance, queer thoery and post-feminist realities. She is interested in work that is quietly, yet overtly political, that lacks linear narative and challenges its audiences.

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