LAND AND PEOPLE
Land and people is a series of long-term projects that use social practice to work with people and land to form new mythologies of care and culture. Within these projects we investigate commoning, folklore, public space, the agency of craft, cross-cultural traditions, collective agency, self-build and what it means to be in collective practice. These explorations have formed our extensive research into the archetype and shaped our understandings of craft and making as a form of collective dreaming.
The backbone of this work is the 10 years we spent working in close collaboration with the diverse residents of the Wenlock Barn Estate in East London. A project that we call FreeSPACE as it explored the potential of what happens when land is brought into collective use. This 10 year collaboration cultivated our practice and approach as artists. The collaboration developed our thematics of The Village Scale, Handheld Knowledge and ideas of the dreambody that have influenced our temporary public projects, interruptions. Over the years we have used these methods to hold several groups to work through conflict, change and collective transformation.
Wenlock Barn Estate London 2008-2018
“One of the few projects that have truly delivered cross generational, cross gender, cross ethnicity, cross ablebodied and not; it has enabled neighbours on one of the most troubled areas on a troubled estate to get to know each other and develop a sense of community, succeeding to become part of the fabric of the estate.”
– Anna Eagar, Director of Housing and Urban Regeneration Shoreditch Trust
In the last few years we have worked long term with several other communities working with new types of ritual, craft and experiential storytelling to create cross-cultutral connections. This has included working with a Syrian community in Cornwall and a Migrant women's circle in London. Visit our interruptions pages to read more about a collection of short term projects.