After working in Loughborough Junction for the past three years,
public works, in collaboration with Architecture 00, are now
working with local community organisations and Lambeth Council to
use London Regeneration Fund funding to create 1,300sqm of
affordable workspace that both safeguards an inspiring community
growing project, The Loughborough Farm, and begins to address local
youth unemployment. Within five years Lambeth will carry out a
community asset transfer handing LJ Works to a local steering
group, which public works is helping to establish, for the next 20
years. LJ Works is an experiment to test strategies for how
citizens can reclaim ownership of public land.
Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG), Lambeth Council and
public works and
30 Bird bring together architecture, performance and science
under the same roof. Home in the Service of Science is inspired by
a year of conversations with scientists, cleaners, technicians,
receptionists, security guards and the catering staff at the
Laboratory of Molecular
Biology (LMB) revealing scientific research and dialogue with
LMB's everyday life. The residency centres around a structure made
up of a bathroom, the space under the stairs, the parlour, the
corridor and the study, sitting in the atrium at the LMB building
and a series of dining room situation hostings. In an overwhelming
context where we mainly build houses, the question of what the home
is and what its role becomes is one to raise. As part of this Years
Cambridge festival of ideas, Home in the Service of Science starts
to raise such questions while thousands new homes are being built
around the MRC building.
public works and
30 Bird worked with the LMB staff to develop an
interdisciplinary performance by visualizing and animating the
weird and wonderful content produced during the residency such as
mobile Ecoli factory in form of a toilet, worm tamer crown, an
experiment in piano composition, and a fridge that breeds
antibodies. All creating a jarring relationship between scientific
experimentation and domestic living.
Friday 28th October 6pm
Saturday 29th October 6pm
Sunday 30th October 2:30pm
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge CB2 0QH
For more details and TICKETS see: www.homeinsci.uk
Tickets are required for entry.
The courgette based economy is up and running!!!
Really pleased to see the doors have fully opened and the
courgettes are being harvested at our Glut Barn and Glut Field, our
collaboration with Somewhere as part of ‘A Fair
Land’, the flagship summer exhibition curated by Grizedale Arts for the Irish Museum of Modern
Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland.
Glut Field is a large shallow raised bed directly onto the
ground, made from straw bales planted with vigorous plants.
Conditioned and planted directly with courgettes and marrows,
quickly achieving foliar coverage and producing vegetables for the
project's use, in quantity.
The Glut Field was originally envisaged for the
Mobile Garden City at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the
intent to create a productive conflict of having too much of one
crop forcing everyone involved to become creative and generous with
the single produce. Its great to see it come to live as part of A
Fair Land at IMMA.
The Glut barn accompanies the field and serves as a cold kitchen
to process the produce from the field. A magically floating straw
bale building easily accessible at ground level for all to join in
producing and making.
Below the text from the programme about the exhibition and a link
to a wonderful short film in which Sarah Glennie, Director at IMMA
and Adam Sutherland, Director of Grizedale Arts explain the project
in detail. Well worth a watch. ->
Envisaged, enabled and operated by a collective creative vision
A Fair Land looks at how self- determination and dignity can be
delivered through the inherent human function of creativity, and
how its use in the everyday is a means to enable change and
This project aims to develop a system for living derived from
basic and simple resources used in a creative way. To this end a
project village has been created to offer its visitors
opportunities to eat, make, think or trade – and through that
process to learn, copy, assimilate and teach.
With a focus on creating objects that are useful, desirable and
achievable, A Fair Land will present an active and tangible
representation of the place of creativity in society, creating a
space for families, friends and strangers to gather, get involved,
and experience alternative perspectives on living.
A Fair Land has been developed by a wide range of people, with
the aim of making a new vision for a functioning future society.
Artists and Collaborators include: Eavan Atkin / Samuel Bishop /
Kat Black / Tania Bruguera / Rhona Byrne / Marcus Coates / Emily
Cropton / CREATE / Coniston village building team / Michelle
Darmody / Drew and Middori / Motoko Fujita / Ryan Gander / Liz
Gillis / Nicola Goode / Irish Architecture Foundation / Brenda
Kearney / Suzanne Lacy / Renzo Martens / Jonathan Meese / Meg
Narongchai / Deirdre O’Mahony / Seoidin O’Sullivan / Debbie Paul /
Niamh Riordan / Kirsty Roberts / Katie Sanderson / Sarah Staton /
Francesca Ulivi / Miranda Vane / Fiona Whelan / public works / NÓS
Workshop / NVA / Somewhere / Sweet Water Foundation / Villagers
from the Swiss village of Leytron / Tom Watt & Tanad Williams,
and many more.
Come visit and get hands on involved! See the full programme